SSC Early Fall Newsletter, September 2013
Basic Cruising Class | Autumn Sailing |  Advanced Cruising: A Success | Upcoming Boat Shows | Ensign Racing
Basic Cruising July 2013
SSC's final Basic Cruising Class of the season offered late September 
September 23, 6pm - 9pm, 25, 6pm - 9pm
September 27-29, Friday thru Sunday 
Our final Basic Cruising class of the season will cover systems and navigation, docking and more in a classroom setting and at the SSC docks followed by a two day overnight cruise Friday thru Sunday. Over 26 hours of instruction.  

Note: Cost for meals included for overnight sail. 

Please call 203-838-1110 or email to reserve your spot.
Autumn Sailing The best is yet to come
Many NE sailors, including us, find that Autumn is best time for sailing on the Sound. The water is surprisingly warm enough for swimming until November and keeps the adjacent air just as comfortable. Days filled with NW breezes and bright blue skies increase and the winds are often stronger than in the summer. Destinations like Block Island drop their dock space rates and the summertime crowds thin out. Of course, all sailors keep an eye on the Caribbean for developing storms, but this season has been a very quiet one so far.   
Classes  We continue to offer Intro to Sailing and Basic Keelboat classes through mid October. Can't find a convenient class time? Please call and we will add more classes based on demand.
Memberships  All SSC memberships are for one year from when you sign up, so you can join anytime. Yachts normally stay in service until mid October, while the Ensigns are in service year round.  
Please call 203-838-1110 or email
Advanced Cruising to Maine a Success

See what our students had to say...

"I highly recommend the Advanced Cruising Course to anyone planning to do some serious cruising. We had the benefit of two excellent instructors (Martin Van Breems and Tom Claydon) who kept a close watch on all students as we entered and exited harbors throughout Long Island Sound, Massachusetts (Cuttyhunk and Cape Cod), and the islands north of Portland, Maine, including entry under sail and at night. We practiced docking and mooring, anchored under sail, and took advantage of the long cruise between Cape Cod and Maine to practice "man overboard" and reefing maneauvers. An afternoon spent going through the engine was particularly helpful, since we needed to bleed the fuel system after our arrival in Maine.


The timing was perfect, as I felt well-prepared to handle high winds, fog, and engine issues experienced on a subsequent sailing trip."    - John D.



"If you want an experience of a life time, you must take the Advanced Navigation Course. Martin conscientiously taught us what to do as a captain in numerous mock emergency situations when sailing. It's one thing to be taught at what if scenarios but to actually work through them in a mock emergency situation is an invaluable experience in best practices. I give this experience a five star rating!"    - Randy C.



"Great boats, great training, wonderful experience. Everything from piloting, navigation and sail trim to how to repair a marine head and sailing without an engine.

Certainly a big check on my bucket list."    - Ray C.



"The advanced cruising class for me was all about confidence in myself. While navigating the islands off of Maine, I navigated using visual queues rather than looking for buoys or other "electronic" tools. I realized that I was now more aware of my surroundings. The instructors were tuned into the needs of all students."    - Ken S.

Newport Boat Show 
Oldport Marine, Bannister's Wharf, and Bowen's Wharf; Newport RI 

September 12-15, 2013


The first big show of the season, Newport is a combined motor/sail show with lots of gear vendors. There are about 70% fewer sailboats than shown at Annapolis, but still many more sailboats than shown in Norwalk. It's an easy 2.5 hour drive with several other attractions. Our favorite is a morning run on the Cliff Walk. Martin and Sean will be showing the Dutchman product line in Newport.  


Norwalk Boat Show

Norwalk Cove Marina, Norwalk, CT

September 19-22, 2013


The largest boat show in the NE, Norwalk Boat show takes place the weekend following the Newport boat show. Not just for the motor boat enthusiast, sailboat exhibitors include Beneteau, featuring their Oceanis 31, 37, 45 and the 55, and Island Packet, Jeanneau and Catalina will be exhibiting as well. 
Sound Sailing Center will offer Discover Sailing rides. Come take a look at our Sweden 340, one of our member favorites. Note that there is a $5 fee which goes to the City of Norwalk for parking. Please let us know if you can help out.


Annapolis Sailboat Show 

City Dock, Annapolis, MD

October 10-14, 2013


The Annapolis Sailboat Show is the largest "sailboat only" show in the country. It is an amazing, fun show. Plan on taking two days to see the whole thing. If you are interested in the latest sailboats from all over the world, including a huge collection of catamarans, then this is the show for you. We typically rent a house, and may have available rooms for members or students - contact us this week if interested for the cost or to share a ride down. We will be there in the center with our Dutchman display, heading down on Wednesday and back home by Monday evening. You can take Amtrak to New Carolton, MD or fly to BWI and catch a cab, or drive (approximately 5 hours). It's well worth it!

Calling all Racers!  Summertime Ensign Racing Series 
Join us for our last two races of the Summertime season. 
Hone your sailing skills, meet other members and have fun. Sign up on meetup's link below.


Can't make it? Email us at for more information about our Frostbite Series. 

Thank you to all of our members and customers. We welcome your feedback. If you would like to learn more about a particular facet of sailing, please let us know.



The Gang at Sound Sailing Center 

Sound Sailing Center | 54 Calf Pasture Beach Road | Norwalk, CT 06855