When they first appeared, A Cats captivated the attention of sailors and non-sailors alike. It is no different today. Millie Applegate was succinct in her thoughts, “Once you get on an A Cat, you never want to get off.” The same names keep coming up as crew. A Cat trophies seem to pass regularly back and forth between all the boats, one of the great attractions of the class. The competition is fierce and the races hotly contested. The class as a whole tends to self-regulate and that continues to attract dedicated owners.
A Cat owners are motivated people. Maintaining one of them is a big commitment. Nelson Hartranft led the way and Peter Kellogg continues to carry the torch, investing in the continuation of the class and allowing sailors with the requisite dedication access to these intoxicating sailboats.