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Strictly Jersey show returns to Cape May

The Strictly Jersey Boat Show will cruise into South Jersey Marina in Cape May, N.J., for a second year.

The show, which runs April 30 to May 2, specializes in powerboats, particularly sportfishermen.

This year two free tickets will be given to anyone either holding a New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate or a Sea Tow membership card. (Regular admission is $15.)

Customers will once again be able to sea-trial each of the in-water vessels - a popular feature of last year. For information, visit www.strictlyjersey.com.

- Elizabeth Ellis

Youth sailing classes on Long Island

The Long Island-based Setauket Yacht Club - located in the waters of Port Jefferson Harbor - will once again offer sailing instruction to boys and girls ages 8 and older.

Beginning and advanced classes will begin June 28. Classes are taught in a fleet of Prams for the beginner and a new fleet of Pixels for the more advanced student. A evening adult program is also available using a Catalina 22.

For information visit www.setauketyc.com or call Don Slingerland at (631) 766-0668.

Equipment studies Conn. River conditions

As part of an ongoing study of Connecticut River water-quality conditions, the U.S. Geological Survey's Connecticut Water Science Center has installed monitoring equipment at the Connecticut River Museum's main dock.

The monitors will record water temperature and salinity factors that will aid in the evaluation of the timing, distribution and duration of saltwater mixing events in the lower Connecticut River. This data collection will be used to study the effects of current water conditions on the river's fish and plant communities and help determine what changes may be expected as a result of climate change and sea level rise.

Other monitors have been installed at Essex Island Marina and at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's dock in Old Lyme.

The Connecticut River Museum, located at 67 Main Street in Essex, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the study, preservation and celebration of the cultural and natural heritage of the Connecticut River, its valley, and its people. For information, go to www.ctrivermuseum.org.

This article originally appeared in the Connecticut and New York Home Waters Section of the May 2010 issue.