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News Notes - Connecticut & New York - October

Nordic Tug owners gather in Connecticut

The 2009 Northeast Nordic Tug Owners’ Association rendezvous welcomed 15 boats and a breeze out of the northwest as the tugs left the docks and headed for the parade route along the Essex, Conn., shoreline and then off to Hamburg Cove.

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The rendezvous was again held at Essex Island Marina starting July 22, with “tuggers” coming from Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Delaware, Florida and Quebec. Participants took part in a full slate of seminars ranging from crafts to maintenance and from healthy cooking aboard to defensive piloting. For information, visit

New TowBoatU.S. franchise opens on Hudson

Capt. George Farrell opened TowBoatU.S. Yonkers, N.Y. on the Hudson River, an on-the-water towing company that recreational boaters and anglers can call to get reliable assistance and tows back to a launch ramp, marina or service facility. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

TowBoatU.S. Yonkers is located at Tower Ridge Yacht Club in Hastings, N.Y. and the port’s service area includes the Hudson River from Manhattan north to the Bear Mountain Bridge. Capt. Farrell has a 24-foot Privateer response vessel rigged for marine towing including extra fuel, engine fluids, pumps and a battery “jump pack” to handle dead batteries.

A Yonkers, N.Y. native, Farrell is also a detective with the city’s police department and was formerly the marine patrol officer in charge of marine law enforcement training. He is also currently commodore of Tower Ridge Yacht Club.

Contact TowBoatU.S. Yonkers by calling the company directly at (914) 400-8276; by VHF radio on channel 16; or through the BoatU.S. toll-free dispatch service at 800-391-4869.

Visit for information.

Connecticut receives $485,000 in funds

The EPA awarded $485,000 in an effort to improve water quality and create jobs, to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

A total of $39 million will be awarded nationally to states for Water Quality Management Planning grants to create jobs, prevent water pollution and protect human health and the environment, according to the EPA.

WQMP grants support a range of activities, such as setting standards, monitoring the quality of the water, developing plans to restore polluted waters and identifying ways to protect healthy waters from becoming polluted. States are encouraged to use these funds for innovative planning activities like developing plans to adapt to climate change, analyzing trends in water availability and use and creating low-impact development programs. Grants are awarded to state agencies and some funds can be awarded to regional and interstate planning organizations, according to the EPA.

Sailing club meets at new location

The Shoreline Sailing Club, a Connecticut-based club for singles over 35 years old, has a new location. The group now meets every month, the first and third Thursday of the month at the Westbrook Elks, 142 Seaside Ave in Westbrook, Conn.

Skippers and crew are always needed. For information, call Lynda at (860) 887-7189 or visit

New Web site for East Coast cruisers is a new Web site about touring the waters of the eastern half of the United States and Canada, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. The site features illustrated cruise stories and boating advice.

The stories range from small harbor towns on inland waterways and canals to megayachting centers. A selection of interactive crossword puzzles test readers’ local knowledge and nautical word wisdom. New boaters can learn basic techniques while seasoned cruisers will find more complex solutions to boating situations.

Founders Gene and Katie Hamilton are members of Boating Writers International, a professional association of boating writers. They are authors of “Coastal Cruising Under Power,” (2006, International Marine).

Sailing school offers family discount

Offshore Sailing School created a discount program for families.

Up to six family members can sail for the price of two in Florida or the New York metro area, representing a savings of up to 60 percent. When two adults pay tuition (or one adult and one sibling age 16 or older), additional children (ages 7 to 17 for a maximum total of six aboard) can learn free.

Families learn on Colgate 26 sailboats with a large cockpit, small cabin to stow gear while sailing, and a variety of other “go-fast features,” according to the company.

Offshore Sailing School was founded in 1964 and has seven locations throughout Florida, the Caribbean, New York and New Jersey.

Albin 28 boosts charter fleet

Southwest Florida Yachts added an Albin 28 Tournament Express yacht to its charter fleet for customers who may want to include pleasure fishing with their cruising.

The Albin 28, new to Southwest Florida Yachts' charter fleet, will sleep four.

Sea Shell II offers sleeping accommodations for four, enclosed shower and head, air conditioning, stove, refrigerator and microwave. The 28-footer also has a live well for bait, rod holders, plus radar and GPS. The fuel tank holds 162 gallons.

Sea Shell II charters for $395 the first day during the high season and $300 a day for each additional day. Summer charter rates are $315 for the first day and $250 a day thereafter.

Founded in 1984, Southwest Florida Yachts charters power yachts from Marinatown Marina in North Fort Myers, Fla., and sailing yachts from 24 to 35 feet out of Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda, Fla.

For information, visit

The Mooring invests $15 million in BVI resort

The Moorings Village in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, recently celebrated its grand opening. The event, compete with speeches, ribbon cutting, dedication and an invocation, was a part of The Moorings’ 40th anniversary festivities.

The expanded facilities — a $15 million investment — feature retail shops, a spa, café, swimming pool and dockside market, according to The Moorings. The new Charlie’s Bar and Restaurant overlooks the harbor.

Existing hotel rooms have been renovated, and new oceanfront rooms have been added. A new shower facility with a private dressing area is also available.

For more information, visit

This article originally appeared in the Connecticut & New York Home Waters Section of the October 2009 issue.