Visit our sister site: Rex Marine Center

Ten common fishing terms explained……

 

 

Catch and Release – A conservation motion that happens most often right before the local Fish and Game officer pulls over a boat that has caught over it’s limit.

Hook – (1) A curved piece of metal used to catch fish. (2) A clever advertisement to entice a fisherman to spend his live savings on a new rod and reel. (3) The punch administered by said fisherman’s wife after he spends their life savings (see also, Right Hook, Left Hook).

Line – Something you give your co-workers when they ask on Monday how your fishing went the past weekend.

Lure – An object that is semi-enticing to fish, but will drive an angler into such a frenzy that he will charge his credit card to the limit before exiting the tackle shop.

Reel – A weighted object that causes a rod to sink quickly when dropped overboard.

Rod – An attractively painted length of fiberglass that keeps an angler from ever getting too close to a fish.

School – A grouping in which fish are taught to avoid your $29.99 lures and hold out for spam instead.

Tackle – What your last catch did to you as you reeled him in, but just before he wrestled free and jumped back overboard.

Tackle Box – A box shaped alarmingly like your comprehensive first aid kit. Only a tackle box contains many sharp objects, so that when you reach in the wrong box blindly to get a Band Aid, you soon find that you need more than one.

Test – (1) The amount of strength a fishing line affords an angler when fighting fish in a specific weight range. (2) A measure of your creativity in blaming “that darn line” for once again losing the fish.

Cartoon - Fishing - think we are stupid

Things to Do and See, Fun Activities, Courses and Seminars

 

things to do

 

 

2014 List of  Fun Activities, Things to Do and See Along the Waterfront, on the Sound and Nearby.  Please see the end of the list for lessons, seminars and courses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Boating Seminars:    

Saturday mornings,  April 26th, again on May 3′rd and May 24′th    9:30 am thru 1:30 pm

Navigating the Norwalk Islands…. Their Formation, History, Secrets, Stories and Navigation.

From the Ice age and the formation of Long Island Sound by the retreating glaciers, the Indians and early settlers, to the Oyster Industry,
Hotels, Bordellos and Prohibition Speakeasy’s.  The Norwalk Islands have always played an integral part in the development of Norwalk and the region.

Public Islands, Private Sanctuaries, Posh Retreats…. all right off the Norwalk coastline.

Come discover their history, along with navigation and anchorages, tips and tricks around the 25 plus Islands.

http://www.norwalkcove.com/?p=2113

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Mon, Apr 28 & Mon May 5. 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm    BOATING SKILLS MINI-COURSE (First in a series of mini-courses)
USCG Auxiliary  -Flotilla 72
(Full course earns Coastal Boater Endorsement) USCG Auxiliary Training Center Calf Pasture Beach, EastNorwalk $15. Textbook not included.
 Registration:flotilla72pe@gmail.com
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May 1

“The History of Boat Design” by Bruce Kirby      A fundraiser for Sea-Legs

Come join us on May 1, 2014 at 6.30 PM at Mystic Seaport Latitude 41 Restaurant.

http://www.sea-legs.org/

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May 2-4

SailQuest Boat Show to support   “Sails Up 4 Cancer”​​

Show Features Award-Winning Boats, CT May 2-4, 2014​

http://www.sailquestboatshow.com/about-us.html

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May 17   CT Safe Boating Certificate     Greenwich Sail and Power Squadron

8:30 am – 4:30 pm       Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point, Old Greenwich

(First building on left after the guardhouse)

E-Mail    greenwichsquadron@gmail.com     (203) 661-0704

 

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WED JUNE 25, 2014 (raindate: June 26)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

6:00 pm … Classic Car Show Beach Cruise presented by The Coachmen

7:00 pm … Concert: Tim Currie’s Motown Band

www.facebook.com/timcurriesmotownband

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THURS, JULY 3, 2014, (raindate: July 5)        Fireworks & Entertainment for All Ages

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

SHOWMOBILE at CALF PASTURE BEACH:

5:30 pm … The Amazing Andy Show (family fun)

SHADY BEACH:

6:00 pm … Dance to the Music with DJ Nuzzo

8:00 pm … Jimmy & The Parrots — #1 Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band

performance continues after Fireworks

www.jimmyandtheparrots.com

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WED, JULY 9, 2014, (raindate: July 10)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

7:00 pm The Cast of Beatlemania – celebrating 50th anniversary of The

Beatles with nationally-known tribute band

www.mobtops.com

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WED, JULY 16, 2014, (raindate: July 17)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

7:00 pm … Norwalk’s own Billy Genuario and Destiny

www.billygenuario.com

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WED, JULY 23, 2014, (raindate: July 24)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

6:00 pm … Classic Car Show Beach Cruise presented by The Coachmen

7:00 pm … Concert: The Royal Kings – The Coachmen’s favorite band

July 25 – 27 2014  Newport Folk Festival    Fort Adams

www.newportfolkfest.com

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July TBA   3’rd Annual Dinghy Poker Run    Norwalk Cove Marina

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WED, JULY 30, 2014 (raindate: 31)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

6:30 pm … Kids’ Show TBA

7:30 pm … Concert: ABBA Girlz — Mamma Mia! It’s the ultimate ABBA

tribute band www.abbagirlz.com

July 26 – 27 2014  Antique and Classic Yacht Rendezvous  Mystic Seaport

http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/antique-and-classic-boat-rendezvous-2/

www.mysticseaport.org

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July 31 – Aug 3’rd 2014    Gather of the Vibes     Bridgeport

http://gatheringofthevibes.com/

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August TBA    Clam Bake with Live Music at Norwalk Cove Marina (BYOB)

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August TBA          Exotic Animals visit Norwalk Cove Marina  6 – 9 PM

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August 2   Saturday   Annual SWIM Across the Sound Marathon

http://give.stvincents.org/swim/marathon-2014/event—marathon-2014-boat-captain-form

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WED, AUGUST 6, 2014, (raindate: August 7)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

7:00 pm … Concert: Cash Is King   re-live the country sounds of Johnny Cash

www.facebook.com/cashiskingjohnnycashtributeshow

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August 8-10   Edgartown 12 meter Regatta

http://www.edgartownyc.org/Racing/12-Metre-Regatta.aspx

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WED, AUGUST 13, 2014, (raindate: August 14)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

6:00 pm … Classic Car Show Beach Cruise presented by The Coachmen

7:00 pm … Concert: Déjà vu – music of the 50s & 60s

August 16-17 2014   SONO Arts Celebration

www.sonoarts.com

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WED, AUGUST 20, 2014, (raindate: 21)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

6:30 pm … Kids’ Show TBA

7:30 pm … Concert: Desert Highway — #1 Eagles Tribute Band

www.deserthighwayband.com

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August 21-24  2014 Newport Bucket Regatta! 

Exquisite Mega-yachts racing off the shores of beautiful Newport RI

http://www.bucketregattas.com/newport/

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WED, AUGUST 27, 2014 (raindate: 28)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

7:00 pm … Concert: Back to the Garden – celebrating the 45th anniversary of Woodstock http://backtothegarden1969.com

August 30, Sat –  Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival – 11 am – dark (Rain date August 31st)

http://www.huntingtonlighthouse.org/music.php

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WED, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 (raindate: September 4)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

6:00 pm … Classic Car Show Beach Cruise presented by The Coachmen

7:00 pm … Concert: Keith Marron’s Whistleville Band

http://whistleville.com

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Sept 5,6 & 7’th  2014  Norwalk Oyster Fest

http://seaport.org/default.aspx?pageid=861468

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Sept 11- 14 2014   Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show

http://www.newportboatshow.com/

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Sept 18  – 21 2014    Norwalk Boat Show

http://www.boatshownorwalk.com/

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Oct. 18’th & 19’th 2014       Oyster Bay – Oyster Festival

http://theoysterfestival.org/

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Lessons, Seminars and Courses

 

April 26   PRE-NAVIGATION SEMINAR   -    Learn how to read a chart and plot a course

Saturday, April 26, 9 am – 12 pm      (PLUS optional plotting workshop)

USCG Auxiliary Training Center Calf Pasture Beach, East Norwalk $60 covers text, charts, workshop.

Registration: flotilla72pe@gmail.com

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Spring Boating Seminars:    Navigating the Norwalk Islands 

Saturday mornings,  April 26th, again on May 3′rd and May 24′th  

9:30 am thru 1:30 pm 

The Norwalk Islands…. Their Formation, History, Secrets, Stories and Navigation.

From the Ice age and the formation of Long Island Sound by the retreating glaciers, the Indians and early settlers, to the Oyster Industry, Hotels, Bordellos and Prohibition Speakeasy’s.  The Norwalk Islands have always played an integral part in the development of Norwalk and the region.

Public Islands, Private Sanctuaries, Posh Retreats…. all right off the Norwalk coastline.

Come discover their history, along with navigation and anchorages, tips and tricks around the 25 plus Islands.

http://www.norwalkcove.com/?p=2113

 

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Mon, Apr 28 & Mon May 5. 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm    BOATING SKILLS MINI-COURSE (First in a series of mini-courses)
USCG Auxiliary  -Flotilla 72
(Full course earns Coastal Boater Endorsement) USCG Auxiliary Training Center Calf Pasture Beach, EastNorwalk $15. Textbook not included.
 Registration:flotilla72pe@gmail.com

 

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Coastal Cruising
 Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 

April 29th and 30th
 7:00 PM  -  9:30 PM   
This seminar will focus on the preparation, planning, and skills needed for memorable and safe cruises
        We will cover:
  • Planning & Provisioning
  • Plotting and Weather
  • A Review of Rules of the Road
  • Anchoring & Docking
  • VHF radios, DSC, AIS & Electronics
  • Cruising style – Marinas or Anchor out ?
  • Review of Charting and how to plot your trip
  • Traditional Plotting and GPS Navigation
  • Find a Marina for Transient Dockage
  • Safe Anchoring in Unfamiliar Areas
  • Safety and Emergency Preparedness

http://www.norwalkcove.com/?p=2113

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Landfall Navigation Marine Training Center 2014 Schedule

http://www.landfallnavigation.com/2014mtc.html

 

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Want to add an event to this list ?  

 

Please send your submission to:

Rick Delfosse    rdelfosse@rexmarine.com   203-216-7800

 

 

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Something Serious – Cold Water Boating

 

Every spring and fall we hear about the potential dangers of cold water boating.  This week a potentially tragic accident occurred in Norwalk that needs to be reviewed…..

Here’s what happened:  It’s time to get the boat off the dock and onto the mooring, so you tow it out with the large dingy.  Your friend asks if you need help, but you’ve done this dozens of times before and say no.  Trying to get the mooring line up onto the boat is tough as you stand in the dingy.  In seconds you are in the water with the boat going one direction and the dingy the other. To make things worse, it’s getting dark, the water is about 40 degrees and you don’t have a life jacket (PFD) on.  Obviously you’re in a disastrous situation.

Luckily the friend was still nearby, looked out, saw the boats floating apart and races in to get help at the marina.  You were lucky to be near the day marker rock pile and could climb out of the water (being out of the water likely saved your life).  The Norwalk fire boat quickly responds and finds you shivering on the rocks. Next, you’re off to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia and bruises.  Thirty minutes in the 40 degree water – a miracle.  By the next day you feel better, but still shaken.

Meanwhile SeaTow is chasing down your boats, the larger having drifted all the way out the channel in the current, and has beached itself on Long Beach island by the Manresa power plant.

So we learn:

  • Have someone else in the boat with you
  • Go boating when there are others on the water
  • Wear a life jacket (PDF) (or better yet an inflatable PFD)
  • Put a flashlight and whistle in the PFD
  • Get OUT of the water if possible – water conducts your body heat away faster than air does
  • Know the signs and how to treat hypothermia
  • Have the local fire and police phone numbers programmed in your phone:  Norwalk 911 is (203) 854-3000  (remember 911 on a cell phone doesn’t always get you to the nearest 911 dispatcher)   Norwalk Fire Dept is (203) 854-0233.   Channel 16 on VHF radio
  • See the Hypothermia Chart below and understand how fast the clock ticks

Read more about Hypothermia, wind chill and cold water boating here……..

http://www.norwalkcove.com/?page_id=1623

http://www.norwalkcove.com/?p=1604

hypothermia-rates

Note that you still can get hypothermia in 60 degree water !

By Captain Rick Delfosse  203-216-7800  rick@rdelfosse.com

Rick is a Coast Guard captain, National Safe Boating Council close-quarters boat-handling and open water boat handling instructor, Connecticut and New York certified safe boating instructor and a US Sailing-certified instructor.   He also conducts on-the-water courses and classroom seminars on coastal cruising and boating skills. The owner of a 43-foot pilothouse cutter and an Aquasport powerboat, he has extensive cruising and one-design, coastal and offshore racing experience.

 

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Spring make-ready: Bottom Paint

 

With spring, boaters everywhere are gazing longingly at the harbor and beyond, thinking about.… Bottom Paint.

Yes, bottom paint.  What to use, how to prepare the hull, how much to put on, how to clean it mid-season, what is new this year, are they really going to ban copper ?

If you are asking these questions or need expert advise, see the professionals at Rex Marine or the Cove ships store. With over 75 years of experience, they can tell you what seems to work best and how to do the job correctly. Each store stocks all the materials required, at very competitive prices.  Ask about manufacturers specials and rebate offers.

Prefer to do your homework online first ?  There is a wealth of information on bottom paints on the web, so here are some links to help get the answers you need:

International Paint:    http://www.yachtpaint.com/usa/diy/default.aspx

International Painting Guide:      http://www.yachtpaint.com/LiteratureCentre/boat-painting-guide-usa-eng.pdf

Petit Paint:   http://pettitpaint.com/

Petit Mail in Rebate form:  http://pettitpaint.com/fileshare/promotions/RebateForm2013.pdf

 

Here are some additional links to articles and guides about bottom paint: 

Antifouling Paints      http://www.myboatsgear.com/bottom-paint-guide?a=1&c=5176

The Bottom Line (Bottom Paint)   http://www.boatus.com/boattech/articles/bottom-line.asp

Is Copper Bottom Paint Sinking?  http://www.boatus.com/magazine/2012/february/copper.asp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                            By Capt. Rick Delfosse    203-216-7800

 

Did You get April Fooled ?

The April Fools Harbor Talk newsletter was just that…. an April Fools newsletter !

None of the news items were real !  Just fishtails.

Everyone stays on the same dock,  there are no fast ferry’s,  jet skis aren’t going to disrupt your favorite anchorages…

We may consider the veggie bar and nautical tattoo parlor though…..

Thanks for your feedback, it’s going to be a great summer !

(see post below if you missed it)

 

april fools

 

April Fools Pg 1

April Fools Pg 2

April Fools Pg 3

April Fools Pg 4

And a sampling of the hundreds of replies we got after sending out the apology letter :

Dear Stephen and Rick,

As for my wife and me, no apology needed — we thought this was the most creative, interesting and best April Fools surprise we have seen in a very long time!

We must admit, we were just gullible enough to be taken in at first — until we reread and notice on our second read, in plain red ink at the top, “April Fools Edition.”

So, we howled with belly laughs at the audacity and wit — and at the sure knowledge of the writers that some readers like us might be a little too quick and skip over the red ink, at first!

Thank you for one great April Fools joke. Too bad some of it was only a joke.  Some parts the fictionalized news deserve to be a vision and maybe a reality, oh I don’t know, like maybe the High Speed Ferries!

And this is coming from a tenant of “B” dock.  We are missing our “Boneyard”/Cove-by-the-Sea” slip already!

I would like to think that “a joke a day keeps the Alzheimers doctor away.”   But even if I’m wrong about this, who doesn’t need a few more laughs for optimal health, happiness and joyful living down by the sea?

All the best,    S…….

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Are you kidding me?? How highly insensitivity, how rude, crude and just so inappropriate. I’m highly insulted and laughing my ass off.

Life’s too short we need more laughter and less stress. By the way screw the sailboats…. they should be out on the water anyway.

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Stephen,

No need to apologize. Everyone should have seen it was an April Fool’s joke when they got to the end and saw the photo and caption “how to get under the bridge on April Fool’s day”

Thank you for some humor – as we get to the end of this long winter and anticipate a good boating season!

Best regards,    G……

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I enjoyed the newsletter, perhaps if someone did not understand the nature of it (a joke) they shouldn’t be sitting behind the wheel of a boat !!!!!

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Hi Steve,

For what ever it’s worth coming from me…..i got a real hoot out of the April Fools Edition of Harbor Talk.

It was sent out on a Tuesday, not the usual Thursday, and on April first.  I thought it was great fun while it lasted.

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Greatest April fool’s joke I’ve seen in years.   Thanks.

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Good grief, no apologies needed. It was fun. What’s the matter with these old poops? You should have added that the newly refurbished Rex store was going to be converted to “Mike’s Bar & Grill”. Now that would have gotten some reaction!

Best,   John

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Personally I thought it was Hilarious, totally made my day. I’m still sharing it with people and laughing every time I read it.

Boneyard renamed “cove by the sea” hahahahahaha

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Ah, I was looking forward to the tattoo parlor and wet t-shirt contests Saturday nights.

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I thought your April fools edition (clearly titled as such) was good humored. I’m a little disheartened that folks are so wound up that they can’t see a joke even when it’s titled Aprils Fools Newsletter.  They probably read the comics and complain that Dilbert’s boss should reprimanded.

Please don’t feel bad. It wasn’t a mistake or in bad taste.  It was funny.

Thanks for the laugh.

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That’s disappointing, I was ready to sign up for Flair Craft training !

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Dear Steve and Rich,

F….’em if they can’t take a joke.

Even a half wit like me figured it out.  Although I was thinking to apply for a ferry boat drivers job….

Smooth sailing,    Peter Willcox

S/Y Rainbow Warrior

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I’m shocked that an apology was in order for some innocent, good humor fun. One would think boating brings together individuals with a casual attitude and a sense of tongue in cheek. Guess not. Certainly the winter has taken its toll on a few.

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I am hoping that your apology email is tongue-in-cheek, and that no one really complained requiring you to issue a serious apology.    Don’t listen to any fuddy-duddies!!!   It was fantastically funny!!!    Keep up the good April 1 work in the future!!!

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Omg   I knew there was going to be those people out there with no sense of humor but really….     An apology letter ?!

Were the responses that bad?         People….lighten up!

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With your position, and the fact that your slips are pre-paid in full … you would be well advised not to pull this shit again. I do not have a sense of humor when the firm I have just written a check for $2,500 uses their “letterhead/official email communications format” to screw with me. I do not read fine print on blogs; I read the headlines.  I forwarded your “joke” on to others that boat thinking it was accurate – due to the format and that it was from you. If I were a Gardella, you would be reading the classifieds.

 

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Spring Seminars: History and Navigation of the Norwalk Islands and Coastal Cruising


The Norwalk Islands…. Their Formation, History, Secrets,

Stories and Navigation.

From the Ice age and the formation of Long Island Sound by the
retreating glaciers, the Indians and early settlers, to the Oyster Industry,
Hotels, Bordellos and Prohibition Speakeasy’s.

The Norwalk Islands have always played an integral part in the development of Norwalk and the region.

Public Islands, Private Sanctuaries, Posh Retreats…. all right off the Norwalk coastline.

Come discover their history, along with navigation and anchorages, tips and tricks
around the 25 plus Islands.

 

Offered Saturday mornings, April 26th, again on May 3′rd and May 24′th    
                        9:30 am thru 1:30 pm  

Tavern Island 1

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Coastal Cruising

Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 
April 29th and 30th
7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM

This seminar will focus on the preparation, planning, and skills

needed for memorable and safe cruises

        We will cover:
  • Planning & Provisioning
  • Plotting and Weather
  • A Review of Rules of the Road
  • Anchoring & Docking
  • VHF radios, DSC, AIS & Electronics
  • Cruising style – Marinas or Anchor out ?
  • Review of Charting and how to plot your trip
  • Traditional Plotting and GPS Navigation
  • Find a Marina for Transient Dockage
  • Safe Anchoring in Unfamiliar Areas
  • Safety and Emergency Preparedness

 To Register:

Please register in advance and bring $ 60.00 per person for one day seminars and $ 80.00 for two day seminars.

E-mail, Text or Call  Capt. Rick Delfosse:   rick@rdelfosse.com  203-216-7800

The Seminars will be held at Norwalk Cove Marina.

Directions: Seminars are held in the Norwalk Cove administration building conference room.

The Administration building is on the left as you drive into the marina and has the glass atrium.

Please go through the Prestige yacht sales office, down the hall to the rear of the building or around the right side of the

building and in the side door (under the staircase) to the conference room.

Consider bringing a snack (or lunch) and something to drink.

Norwalk Cove Marina   Calf Pasture Beach Road  East Norwalk, CT 06855

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Rick is a Coast Guard captain, the editor of Harbor Talk Weekly, a National Safe Boating Council close-quarters boat-handling and open water boat handling instructor, Connecticut and New York certified safe boating instructor and a US Sailing-certified instructor.   He also conducts on-the-water courses and classroom seminars on coastal cruising and boating skills. The owner of a 43-foot pilothouse cutter and an Aquasport powerboat, he has extensive cruising and one-design, coastal and offshore racing experience.

 Private Sessions – On-the Water – On your boat

Contact Capt. Rick

rick@rdelfosse.com     203-216-7800

 

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Norwalk Cove Rigging Department

 

The Rigging Department at Cove Specializes in all facets of Power and Sailboat Rigging.

Now stocking wire and cable, and a great selection of running rigging (line) in white and colors.

Drop off / pickup facility for Fairclough Sailmakers, Hathaway, Reiser & Raymond and North Sails

 

Inspecting Rigging

We Offer:

POWER BOAT LIFELINES, STAYS AND GATES

FURLING SYSTEMS

MAST STEPPING/UNSTEPPING

RADAR SYSTEMS – POSTS AND BRACKETS

HARDWARE & DECK LAYOUT

RIG INSPECTION

RIG TUNING

RACE PREPARATION

CARBON SPARS  

CORDAGE/SPLICING

LIFELINES

STEERING SYSTEMS

WIRETEKNIK HYDRAULIC SWAGING

WINCH SERVICING 

Just ask us – we love a challenge !

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Norwalk Cove Demo Day – Saturday March 8th

11am-1pm at Norwalk Cove Marina…….
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The Cove informational Demo Day will offer sessions with the pros covering topics you need to know:
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Norwalk Cove Marina presents:
Paul Heintz – Mechanics and Engine Repair Demo
Kenny Young – Fiberglass/Refinishing Demo
Chris Raymond – Rigging Demo
The Ship’s Store and Nautical Boutique
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Demo Day will also Feature:
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Intrepid Marine Electronics – see the latest and greatest in marine electronics and installations.
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Prestige Yacht Sales – New boat sales of Southport Boats,  American Tug, Hunt Yachts, Cutwater, Beneteau, and Nauticat plus a large list of Pre-Owned Boats.
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Petzolds Yacht Sales – New boats from Sabre, EdgeWater, Back Cove and Regal as well as previously owned boats.
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Seafarer Canvas – Experts in the engineering, manufacturing and design of exterior and interior boat canvas and upholstery along with all aspects of home and commercial decorating.

Please Check In at the Cove Service Office and See:
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  • Paint, gelcoat, fiberglass repairs and maintenance demos
  • Troubleshooting basic engine problems & tips on how to fix them
  • Care & maintenance of outboard engines
  • Latest technology & upgrades for your marine electronics
  • Sailboat rigging systems care & maintenance
  • New products & technology for racing & cruising sailboats
  • Canvas and upholstery maintenance and upgrades
 Rain or Shine !  This is Indoor Event….. start planning now, spring is coming soon !

  For more information call Kate Russell at 203-838-3681

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America’s Cup: I’m thinking Newport could be in luck….

 

By Eric Young, San Francisco Business Times

 

I’m speculating here but I don’t see how the America’s Cup will come back to San Francisco.

The numbers coming out today (Dec. 10) showing the level of economic impact and the likely debt the city will incur virtually assure that any talk about bringing the competition back to the bay won’t go too far.

It was destined to turn out this way because the 34th America’s Cup was oversold.

Desiring an economic shot in the arm, city officialdom in 2010 held out the figure of about $1 billion as an expected economic impact once the Cup wrapped up in 2013. But we see today that figure is closer to $364 million – or $550 million if you’re feeling generous and include the construction of the cruise ship terminal.

Neither figure on its own is bad. In fact many large cities would love to be able to hold those numbers up as evidence of the vitality of their municipality. But those figures seem puny when compared to $1 billion. Anything short of the Big B is a letdown.

Why was the event oversold? Many reasons.

First, spectacles of all sorts are usually oversold because it is difficult to say precisely how much of an impact they have. It happens with the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series, the Final Four and on and on. The America’s Cup organizers certainly were not going to rein in the financial expectations because they wanted to put on a boat race, not quibble with how much coin was going to wind up in local merchants’ bank accounts.

Second, the Cup came about at a time (2010) when San Francisco’s economy needed a shot in the arm. No one — not even the event’s most ardent supporters – expected the Cup to cure all of the city’s economic ills. But attracting a high-profile event like the Cup is a quick way to attract positive PR and new dollars. At the time progressive members of the Board of Supervisors raised questions about whether the city might be left on the hook for costs. But in the end the entire board – progressives and centrists – approved the deal with the Cup.

Third, no one in 2010 – when the Cup chose San Francisco – could have predicted the crazy turns that the Cup preparations would take. No one thought that there would only be just four teams contending, the lowest number in a modern America’s Cup. No one thought that the massive real estate deal involving Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison and the Port of San Francisco would collapse under its own weight.

San Francisco will make an offer to host the 35th America’s Cup. Ellison, who as winner of the Cup gets to pick the next location for the competition, will look at it.  And he’ll go somewhere else, some place whose citizenry won’t mind dipping into the civic coffers to cover costs.

The Cup experience doesn’t mean that the city should shy away from hosting high profile events in the future. It just means that the impact of those events should not be oversold from the start.

Source: SF Business Times

 

 

Wind Chill and Boaters (and skiers, dog walkers, children, etc)

 

We always hear references to Wind Chill, but what is it, exactly ?   Wind Chill is simply a way of understanding the combined effect of wind and temperature and what it feels like on human skin.

We all know it feels cooler on the water while boating and often hear the statement ”it’s always 10 degrees cooler on the water”. While that may not be perfectly accurate, it is recognizing the effect of Wind Chill, even on a warm day. So, obviously, what we need to be careful of is the effect of wind when the temperature drops.

Keep in mind that hypothermia begins when you are exposed to the cold and is aggravated by being wet, exposed to the wind or by exhaustion. Technically it is when your body core temperature falls below 95°F,  the minimum required temperature for normal metabolism and body functions.  The warning signs for hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, disorientation, memory loss, slurred speech, incoherence, drowsiness and exhaustion.

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When the temperature drops near freezing, we also have to pay attention to frostbite, which is the result of your body tissue freezing.  Frostbite frequently affects the extremities such as fingers, nose and toes and the symptoms include a pale white appearance of the skin and loss of feeling in these extremities.  This is why the NOAA Wind Chill chart includes color coded indications of 30 minute, 10 minute and 5 minute frostbite exposure times for uncovered skin.

The wind chill index used in the U.S. and Canada was developed using the latest advances in science, computer modeling and technology. The index is based on:

  • Wind speed measured at average face height of 5 feet off the ground, where the face is the most likely part of the body to be exposed to the wind
  • A consistent standard for skin tissue resistance
  • Heat transfer theory (heat loss from the body to surroundings during cold windy periods)
  • A calm wind threshold of 3 mph
  • A standard consistent with skin tissue resistance
  • Assumes no heat impact from the sun (clear night sky conditions)

So, if you know the air temperature and wind speed, the wind chill temperature and frostbite risk can easily be determined using NOAA / National Weather Service reference chart below.

For example, referring to the chart below, we see that a temperature of 10°F with a wind speed of 20 mph, results in a wind chill temperature of -9°F. This variation would make a huge difference in the type of clothing you’d choose to wear when spending time outdoors or on the slopes.

 

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By Captain Rick Delfosse  203-216-7800  rick@rdelfosse.com

Rick is a Coast Guard captain, National Safe Boating Council close-quarters boat-handling and open water boat handling instructor, Connecticut and New York certified safe boating instructor and a US Sailing-certified instructor.   He also conducts on-the-water courses and classroom seminars on coastal cruising and boating skills. The owner of a 43-foot pilothouse cutter and an Aquasport powerboat, he has extensive cruising and one-design, coastal and offshore racing experience.

 

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