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Harbor Talk Weekly
Rex Marine Center and
Norwalk Cove Marina

6/5/14  Vol 5.13
Our Locations
Norwalk Cove Marina
Rex Marine Center  

Fuel Prices at Norwalk Cove
89 Octane Gas
$ 4.48 /gal   &
Diesel  $ 4.35 /gal 
 *Prices subject to change
Father's Day
is June 15'th

Topsider SALE

20% OFF at
Rex Marine

Hint for Father's Day: 
Give a Garmin 
from Rex Marine 
Saturday, Jun 7'th 
Highs in the Low 80's
and lows in the 60's.

H 7:09 am L 1
:26 pm  
June 8'th   
 Highs in the Low 80's  
and lows in the 60's
H 8:04 am L 2:17 pm 
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Cove Store Hours 
Mon - Fri 8:00 - 6:00
Saturday 8:00 - 5:00
Sunday 8:00 - 4:00

Cove Fuel Dock Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 - 6:00 
Saturday 8:00 - 6:00 
Sunday 8:00 - 6:00

-Weather Permitting-


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7 Days a Week
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM  
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Rex Store Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 - 5:30
Sat 8:00 - 5:00
Sun  9:00 - 3:00 
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Captains Cup Coffee

Featuring coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte, plus teas, iced coffee, several flavors of fruit smoothies, baked goods, croissants, muffins plus healthy breakfast choices like juices, oatmeal, yogurt, Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwiches and a daily hot soup or Chili.

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Power Squadron Course

Sat. June 14, 2014 

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Fairfield Fire Training Center,  205 One Rod Hwy, Fairfield, CT 06824

Cost $50

Contact: Ryan Glad 

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From Our Friends at Active Captain 
You've got a companion at your helm....
It's not a chartplotter. It's not a guidebook. It's a new type of app. It assists you with repetitive tasks and uses the community of boaters to make your cruising experiences better and safer.

The ActiveCaptain Companion uses the ActiveCaptain data and your eBoatCards relationships to provide a marine cruising guide and social navigation system (without an internet connection). It is available for Windows, Macintosh, Android, and iOS. And it's free!

The Companion displays a map background using streetmap data. With a GPS active, the "Up Ahead" section shows what's coming next. As you move along the water, you'll be warned and the lists will automatically update.

The Companion keeps the entire database of ActiveCaptain markers downloaded for offline access. No internet connection is needed to display marker details and reviews. When you have a network connection, you can update the offline database from the ActiveCaptain server to guarantee that you have the very latest updates and reviews. Do that before heading out especially to get the latest hazard information.

Click HERE for more information on this great cruising tool.

Mini Golf  is OPEN

With new grassy Turf, new decorations, new plants and flowers.

You'll Love it!

Mon thru Fri   3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday   10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

- weather permitting -

Night Passage Tips for Making your First Overnight

Here's a link to a good article in WindCheck magazine by Ernie Messer.  If you are contemplating an overnight passage this summer - read this:

Since man has been sailing the oceans, the arrival of nightfall offshore has evoked an avalanche of emotions including, but not limited to, fear, awe, awareness, insignificance, and even faith. Being on the ocean with a carpet of stars overhead gives even the toughest sailors a sense of how small their part in the universal plan really is. The sights are incredible: stars, a path of moonlight, meteors, man-made satellites and a necklace of shore lights 12 miles away are all treats the daytime sailor will never experience....

To read the full article, 
click  HERE
Services On Site:   
Intrepid Marine Electronics -  at Norwalk Cove 
See them.... HERE   


Seafarer Canvas and Interiors - at both Cove and Rex

 See their Website..... HERE  
Things To Do:       

Sea Music Festival  June 12th thru 14th.
Mystic Seaport's  hosts it's 35th annual Sea Music Festival, one of the world's premier sea music events.

Fans of traditional sea music gather each year to hear international performers and the Museum's chantey staff perform music from the golden Age of Sail through the best of contemporary compositions.

The 2014 Clearwater Festival will take place on Sat and Sun, June 21st and 22nd at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. Festival gates open to attendees at 9AM. 

Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival
(aka "the Clearwater Festival" or "Revival") features
seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming as well as a juried Handcrafters' Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus.    
Click HERE for more   
Clam-A-Palooza at IYC 
June 22  1:00 to 7:00 PM 


A fun benefit for the Make-a-wish foundation.  Enter a clam dish or just be a clam taster!    Fun for all   (you could probably come by  dinghy)  Ischoda Yacht Club, 138 Water Street Norwalk


Click HERE   


WoodenBoat Show June 27-29 at Mystic

The 23rd WoodenBoat Show, designed and produced by WoodenBoat magazine, will take place June 27-29 at Mystic Seaport. 


Rigging Department at Norwalk Cove  

The Rigging Department at Norwalk Cove is "hanging around" to help you!
2014 SWIM Marathon is still looking for Boat Captains

St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound Marathon is the annual season-ending and marquee event of fundraising for the SWIM's cancer prevention, education and assistance programs.  It will be held Saturday, August 2, 2014 beginning at Port Jefferson, New York and ending at Captain's Cove, Bridgeport. 
To register, please click........  HERE
For Info about the SWIM Marathon, please click..... HERE

NOTE:   A local team leader is still in desperate need of a boat!  If you would like to participate with a multi-year front running team, here's a great way to get started. The team is seeking a 28'-36' boat.

Please help so they aren't forced to pull out of this amazing Cancer Support Fund Raising Event for St. Vincent's Hospital.  Please call or e-mail Tom Dolan 203-895-9513. 


The Bridge is Stuck 

Last Thursday morning & again on Friday, the 114 year old Metro-North RR bridge over the Norwalk river (the "WALK" bridge) got stuck in the open position, stopping all RR traffic during rush hours. RR engineers finally got it closed, and it stayed closed for five days as they rushed to repair the century old parts. 

During the malfunction, hundreds of train passengers were taken by bus between South Norwalk and East Norwalk to transfer to trains - and all marine traffic that required the 562 foot bridge to open was stopped, stranding dozens of boaters literally "up the river."

CT has applied for $349 million in federal funding to replace the bridge. That would lead to some interesting logistics, since the bridge and tracks bisect the maritime aquarium. Imagine two years of no RR connection over the bridge, with passengers forced to use bus shuttles between the South and East Norwalk stations... YIKES.  And the Greenwich, Westport and Milford bridges are all of the same vintage, suffering additional problems during extreme heat or cold spells.


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