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News Notes – Long Island Sound - August 2006

Conn. summer show returns July 14-16

The Clinton Harbor Boat Show returns to the Connecticut shoreline July 14 to 16 at Cedar Island Marina in Clinton. The site offers more than 4 acres of exhibit space on land and nearly 100 in-water slips.

About 250 new 2007, leftover 2006, used and brokerage boats will be on display, along with marine-related products and services. Organizers call it New England’s largest midsummer outdoor boating showroom.

Show hours are noon-6 p.m. July 14; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 15; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 16.

Admission is $8 for adults, with children 12 and younger admitted free. On-site parking is available for 1,000 vehicles. On site parking is $1, which is donated to the Channel 3 Kids Camp. WFSB TV is sponsoring the show.

Contact Northeast Production at (860) 529-2123 or


Charles and Duck island closed for bird nesting

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has closed Charles Island in Milford and Duck Island in Westbrook to the public through Sept. 9.

The closure is to prevent continuing human disturbance to several state-listed nesting birds at these islands, including snowy egrets and great egrets, glossy ibis and little blue herons.

Signs stating the closure of Charles and Duck Islands will be posted and DEP Environmental Conservation Police Officers will be patrolling the islands, particularly on weekends and after dark.Anyone caught trespassing on the islands will be arrested.

Landing of watercraft on the beaches is prohibited. To report any observed violations call (800) 842-4357.


Conn. family wins Walker Bay Dinghy

Defender Industries announced the grand prize winner from the marine retailer’s 10th annual sale at its Waterford, Conn., warehouse sale.

The entry filled out by Ben Stratton of Colchester, Conn., was selected from all prize entries to win a Walker Bay Dinghy with sailing rig, valued at $1,600.

“We’re going to let the kids name the boat and they have already been thinking about favorite book characters,” says Ben’s father.


Dealer to offer new C-Ranger R25 Tugs

Jeff Messmer, vice president of sales and marketing for C-Dory Marine Group, says “response to this year’s boat show introduction of the new C-Ranger R25 Tug has been tremendous.”

The new C-Ranger R25 Tug is a semi-planing, trailerable hull with faster cruising capabilities and comfortable accommodations for up to six people. Standard power on the R25 will come from Yanmar’s 80hp 4-cylinder FWC diesel; it will cruise economically around 16 mph while burning only 4 gph, according to the company. An 110-hp Yanmar diesel is available as an option.

The introduction of the new C-Ranger R25 Tug complements last year’s successful launch of the C-Ranger R21EC Extended Cabin. C-Ranger Tugs represent the most recent addition to the C-Dory Marine Group portfolio that also includes C-Dory, TomCat and Skagit Orca.


IYRS graduation ends with launching

At most graduation ceremonies, students take diplomas in hand. At the International Yacht Restoration School, they pick up tillers and go sailing — for there is no better testament to students’ accomplishments than the boats they spent the past year restoring.

On June 3, the school’s Graduation and Launch Day, IYRS students splashed 11 historic watercraft from the school’s docks in an event that has become an annual happening for the city of Newport, R.I. More than 250 family, friends and supporters attended the festivities.

Sixteen first-year students worked in teams of two and restored eight Beetle Cats. Fifteen second-year students worked in larger teams to restore two Manhasset Bay One-Designs and a Herreshoff S-Boat.


Newport’s VIP Day benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Soundings and sponsored a presentation by sailing icon Gary Jobson at the Newport Spring Boat Show May 18. The event, coupled with a donation from a portion of the show’s ticket proceeds, raised $7,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Rhode Island.

Jobson, an America’s Cup-winning sailor, ESPN announcer and national chairman of the Leukemia Cup series of regattas, presented video clips of sailing competitions and enthusiastically explained how his passion for sailing developed early in his life. In 2003 Jobson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is in remission.

As national chairman, Jobson helps organize regattas, and recruit sponsors and participants.

The Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, Md., however, pioneered the concept of competition among boats and crews to raise funds for the fight against blood cancers. Their June 1993 event raised $30,000 for the society, with the yacht club handling all sailing and water-related logistics, and the Society’s Maryland Chapter coordinating all land-based fund-raising and event activities.

Enthusiasm for the event has since spread across the country into other markets. In 2005 the sailing community raised more than $3.2 million at 47 regattas, bringing the overall campaign results to more than $18 million. More than 17,000 participants took part in the 2005 series.

Soundings is entering a boat in the Leukemia Cup Regatta to be held off Bristol, R.I., Aug. 18 and 19.

Upcoming regattas on the east coast include:

• July 21-22 — Mystic Shipyard, Mystic, Conn. Contact: Amber Page, (203) 379-0445.

• Aug. 5 — City Island Yacht Club, City Island, N.Y. Contact: Kim McCarthy, (631) 752-8500.

• Aug. 19 — Sayville Yacht Club, Sayville, N.Y. Contact: Kim McCarthy, (631) 752-8500.


More than looks at WoodenBoat Show

While there will be more than 150 beautiful wooden boats to view at the WoodenBoat Show, set to take place at the Newport Yachting Center Aug. 25 to 27, there will also be activities and amusements to entertain wooden boat enthusiasts.

Steam bending, plank spiling, spar making, and dovetailing are just a few of the skills that will be demonstrated by industry experts throughout the run of the show.

Jasper & Bailey Sailmakers will introduce sailors to the proper care and maintenance of sails as well as teach how to make emergency on-board repairs. All demonstrations are free to show attendees.

Several show exhibitors will present half-hour hands-on workshops representing the proper use of their products and services.

On-shore exhibits and displays will include a plethora of shopping opportunities.

Show visitors can learn about the lives of 19th-century fisherman by touring the 177-foot tall ship Gazela Primeiro, built to carry fishermen. A few sailors will even spend a half-day sailing aboard the historic 12 Meter yachts Gleam or Northern Light during the show.

Captain Kids – Discovery Point will feature free interactive educational and fun maritime activities for children both on shore and aboard the sailing vessel Seaflower.

Discounted admission tickets are available at or by calling (800) 273-7447. Aug. 14 is the deadline for discounts; tickets at the gate will cost $12 per day or $18 for the entire three-day run.