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Save the Sound opposes gas plant

Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, announced its opposition to Broadwater Energy’s proposed liquid natural gas regassification and storage facility in Long Island Sound.

“The proposed facility would be approximately the size of the Queen Mary II — nearly 10-stories tall, four football fields long, and 180 feet wide — and would be moored in the middle of the Sound,” the group stated in a press release.

“This project would require that large areas surrounding the LNG platform and tankers be designated no-use zones, as in no fishing, no sailing, no lobstering, no anything,” said Leah Lopez Schmalz, Save the Sound’s director of legislative and legal affairs. “This constitutes an industrial monopoly and an intrusion on the public’s rightful access to Long Island Sound.”

Aquarium names

lighthouse prize winners

The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn., announced in February the winners of its third annual Holiday Lighthouse Display.

Chosen by visitors to aquarium, who cast more than 5,000 votes between Nov. 20 and Jan. 18, the winning lighthouses span a wide variety of styles from accurate depictions of actual lighthouses to more artistic and abstract creations.

The winners were Shirley Barber and Patricia Santanello of Danbury, who constructed a reproduction of Block Island’s Southeast Lighthouse.

Prizes included $1,000 for first place, and Maritime Aquarium memberships for all six winners.

Solo sailor to speak

at Slocum celebration

Dodge David Morgan, a well-known solo sailor and author, will be a guest speaker at the Joshua Slocum Society International’s 50th Anniversary celebration, June 25, at the Bristol Yacht Club in Rhode Island.

Known for his record-breaking non-stop solo circumnavigation of the globe in 1985-’86 aboard the Ted Hood-designed “American Promise,” Morgan began his affair with boats as a teenager in Harwichport, Mass., working on other people’s boats. He taught himself to sail in a rented catboat, single-handed because no one else was available to sail with him.

At age 30 he bought the Peterson 36-foot gaff-headed schooner, Coaster, and sailed her to Maine, the Bahamas, the West Indies, South and Central America, through the Panama Canal to Hawaii, to the South Pacific Society Islands, to Southeastern Alaska, and from Juneau to Anchorage.

Morgan claims to have never slept ashore during more than 2-1/2 years of cruising, mostly alone. When he completed his circumnavigation in the 60-foot cutter, American Promise, he was the sixth sailor and first American to accomplish a solo non-stop circumnavigation; his voyage of 150 days broke the prior record of Chay Blyth at 292 days.

Morgan still sails his Hood sloop, Wings of Time, each fall to the West Indies, returning to Maine each spring. He lives on Snow Island in Harpswell, Maine.

The Joshua Slocum Society International’s 50th Anniversary will take place at the Bristol Yacht Club June 25, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All members of the JSSI and their guests, as well as other interested persons, are invited to attend. The celebration marks the 50th Anniversary of an organization of sailing, cruising and maritime history buffs founded in 1955 by sailing enthusiast Richard Gordon McClosky to record, encourage, and support long-distance passages in small boats. The JSSI became a nonprofit corporation in 1972, and is currently an international association of persons of similar interests. Its mission includes reporting and recording the adventures of small-boat sailors, and of recognizing significant voyages and acts of heroism at sea. The JSSI is also dedicated to keeping sea history alive, particularly the memory and legacy of Captain Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail a small boat around the world entirely alone, in 1898.

For information on the 50th anniversary celebration contact Ted Jones, Commodore, at (203) 790-6616 or

Manage your boat

like a professional

Modern boats are complex and represent a significant investment. What the recreational boater really wants is to be on the water with friends and family, exploring and having fun in a safe environment.

Good preparation, established procedures for cruise planning, getting under way, and docking safely and efficiently, are all part of managing a boat like a pro.

“Managing Your Boat Like a Pro” is a day-long seminar presenting a step-by-step process and the tools to develop a system for your boat that will have you boating “like a pro,” according to organizers.

Topics and techniques covered in the seminar include managing the maintenance of your boat, preparing for your cruising season, and following a checklist of steps and procedures that will make your cruise fun. The seminar includes a comprehensive workbook.

Experienced instructors will provide step-by-step guidance with techniques they have learned for successful and safe boat management. Good boat management means no surprises and, therefore, more enjoyment on the water. The course is full of practical tips and techniques that apply to any vessel, sail or power, although sailing techniques will not be covered.

“Managing Your Boat Like a Pro” is sponsored nationally by West Marine and locally by Armchair Sailor of Rhode Island. It is currently touring the country and will be presented in the Boston area on April 23. The cost for the seminar is $195; first mates can also attend for $145, which includes the course binder, continental breakfast and lunch. To register call Fine Edge Nautical Seminars at (360) 588-6900 or toll-free at (866) 214-5101. Register on the Web at

New club emphasizes

southern N.E. cruises

The Stonington Cruising Club, a new organization emphasizing on-water activities including safe and enjoyable local and offshore cruises, has been established at Stonington, Conn.

Organizers say their vision is that the club will become a well-regarded organization of skilled and dedicated sailors.

Chris Culver, elected commodore in late December, said the focus is to “introduce qualified boaters who share our passion for cruising and seamanship, and not on creating a larger and more structured organization.”

The club held its first organizing meeting over a November weekend in Norwich, Conn. Members have written and approved bylaws and a membership plan for the club, designed a burgee, and produced a newsletter, CruiseNews.

This season’s two-week summer cruise will visit ports within one or two days’ sailing distance of Stonington, with a format designed to make it easy for participants to join or leave the fleet along the way.

The club also is planning a full-day seamanship workshop early in the season. Contact Dick Truitt at (203) 857-0303 or