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29 Nordic Tugs attend rendezvous

The Northeast Nordic Tug Owners’ Association hosted its fifth annual rendezvous July 27 to 29 at Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn., drawing 29 boats and more than 95 participants. The rendezvous schedule included workshops, a lobster bake, boat hopping, cocktail parties, and a parade and raft-up.

“Everybody had a fabulous time,” says Connie Connor, of Nordic Tugs’ Northeast dealer Wilde Yacht Sales, located in Essex. “Everybody is just so enthusiastic. It’s like a big tug family and everybody just spontaneously helps each other and is just so open.”

After a potluck dinner the first evening, attendees were treated to presentations on cruising, including a mulitimedia slideshow recapping a recent seven-week Canadian canal adventure. That trip, undertaken by Bette Conner and NENTOA commodore Ruth Jansson of Norwalk, Conn., aboard the 32-foot Annie B, was completed just two days before the rendezvous.

Day 2 started with opening remarks by Nordic Tugs president Ric Reid and director of sales and marketing Tracy Prescott. Workshops followed throughout the morning, which included roundtable seminars on radar basics, financing, electrical systems and galley tips.

Organizers tightened the morning workshop schedule this year to allow for a more relaxed afternoon of boat hopping and seeking one-on-one advice from the assembled experts, including representatives from Nordic Tugs and Cummins.

The lobster bake and a raffle capped off the second day’s activities.

On Day 3, the boat parade left Essex Harbor and proceeded up the Connecticut River to Hamburg Cove. There, the boats ranging in size from 26 feet to 42 feet rafted up, an annual tradition.

As another successful Northeast Nordic Tug rendezvous came to a close, several boats chose to cruise as a group to Three Mile Harbor on Long Island. These owners took part in a smaller

tradition: the rendezvous’ third annual Saturday night dinghy raft-up. www.ct-