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Cove Mini Golf is OPEN !
Summer Hours
Starting Saturday
Open Daily
10:00am - 10:00pm
- weather permitting -

Please call if the weather
is 'iffy'..... 203-853-8282

Mercury Marine Update

As a Certified Mercury Marine Dealer and Repair Center, Rex Marine offers, sales, service and genuine Mercury parts to make your boating painless and trouble free.  
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Participate in the annual SWIM Marathon by volunteering your boat and time for this one-day event.

This year the Marathon will be held on  
Sat. July 25th 

To register as a support boat,
click...  HERE   
The Longshore Pavilion 
at Norwalk Cove

The Inn at Longshore is now hosting all events at the former Ascension Beach Club (Harborview) site at Norwalk Cove.
We welcome them as the exclusive caterers for all affairs.

To book your next event, please call
or click... HERE 

The Origin of  
Nautical Terms:

Abeam On the beam, a relative bearing at right angles to the centerline of the ship's keel.

Abaft the beam

Further aft than the beam: a relative bearing of greater than 90 degrees from the bow: "two points abaft the beam, starboard side". That would describe "an object lying 22.5 degrees toward the rear of the ship, as measured clockwise from a perpendicular line from the right side, center, of the ship, toward the horizon."  

Above board 
On or above the deck, in plain view, not hiding anything. Pirates would secret their crews below decks, thereby creating the false impression that an encounter with another ship was a casual matter of chance. 

 In, on, or toward the front  of a vessel. Also In front of a vessel.

The portion of the vessel behind the middle area of the vessel. Also towards the stern (of the vessel). 

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Norwalk Cove  



Norwalk Cove's new fuel system is being  

installed early next week.  


There will be NO Diesel service on  

Mon 6/13, Tue 6/14 and Wed 6/15.


We will also not be pumping GAS for 1/2 day during that same period, however we don't know which day yet.  Please call the Ships Store for information, 203-838-7600.  Thank you. 

We hope you had a wonderful and safe holiday!


It's Sunscreen Time!


An ideal sunscreen would block the majority of UVA and UVB rays with active ingredients that would last all day and would not break down in the sun, so that the product remains effective. It would also contain only active and inactive ingredients that are proven to be completely safe for both adults and children. No sunscreen on the U.S. market meets all these criteria and consumers have no simple way to know how well a given product stacks up.  


Do your homework! As boaters, we spend a large portion of time in the sun and need to protect ourselves.  


Remember, skin damage is cumulative. All those sunburns you got as a kid are going to haunt you as you age, so don't add to it now.


Here are some sites where you can check your existing sunscreen, and research what you SHOULD be wearing.   


 Sunscreen Links:  


Sunscreens - How it Works, What it Means - from EWG  


Meanwhile, wear a wide brimmed hat and a loose fitting light colored shirt.... and stay under the bimini whenever possible!

About EWG:   The Environmental Working Group's mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.   We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  HOME PAGE  

Is Your Dinghy Ready ?
The Dinghy Poker Run is July 25th !!

Is the dinghy patched and ready, the engine tuned and  running? Where are the oars and pump? A wire and lock?  

Remember, Rex is an authorized inflatable repair station for almost every brand of inflatable.

Double Park.... Please!

OK, when do you ever hear that request?   With the parking at Rex very tight on a busy weekend, we are encouraging

family members or guests to double park their cars to maximize the available space. It also shortens the walk to the docks!  

See the picture and please, Double Park!


With that said, we must also request that you not block in someone you don't know! 

"Spookie" first to finish in Marblehead
to Halifax Ocean Race  


A regular sight at Norwalk Cove, Spookie, a Carkeek HP 40 sailboat with a long list of racing wins has won another BIG one as the first to finish the 363nm Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race 2015. Spookie is owned by Steve and Heidi Benjamin of Norwalk, Conn and sails out of the Seawanaka Corinthian Yacht Club.  


The Spookie crew built a lead  early in the race and held it continuously. Racing started at Marblehead 1300 EDT on Sunday, the 5th. Racers hit a period of very light winds in the Gulf of Maine Monday but the wind finally picked up on Tuesday.  The Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race is co-sponsored by the Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. It started in 1905 and is run every other year.

See more...HERE 

Rigging Department at Norwalk Cove  

The Rigging Department at Norwalk Cove is
"hanging around" to help you!


Sea Tow Reports Increased Boater Call  
Volume Over July 4th Weekend

Sea Tow Services International reported a 47 percent increase in the volume of calls for assistance that its national 24-hour dispatch center received during the four-day Fourth of July weekend from the same period last year.


"We attribute this to good weather, lower fuel prices and holiday activities in most of the country's popular boating areas," Sea Tow COO Capt. Joseph Frohnhoefer III said in a statement. "It was an awesome July 4th holiday weekend for boaters!"


The center also reported that more than 60 percent of the calls it received were tow requests. Jump starts, assistance with un-groundings and fuel delivery were other frequent requests from Sea Tow members and other boaters around the country.    See the Statement.....  HERE  


Retail Store / Office Space Available at Rex Marine.

Prime marine commercial / retail / office space (1500 sq ft) has become available at Rex Marine along the north side of the rack building.

This is an extremely rare occurrence and will go fast! It is being offered to the Rex & Norwalk Cove community before it is formally "listed" 

Please contact Bill Gardella Jr. with your
interest at 203-984-1278 

Going away on Vacation ? 
Don't Forget your Boat !

If you are leaving the boat at home when traveling, remember to:   


1. Make sure the bilge pump is working.  


2. Plug in and make sure the battery charger is working  (a depleted or dead battery can't pump out the boat).


3. Remove the keys.


4. Double up the docklines.


5. Enlist a friend or the marina to keep an eye on it and perhaps run the engine a few times while you are gone.           

288 ft "Fountainhead"
Anchored off Stamford

Dallas Mavericks owner and celebrity judge on the ABC-TV show "Shark Tank" Mark Cuban has been anchoring his yacht in 50 feet of water off Stamford Harbor for nearly a month.


Measuring 288 feet, the Cayman Island-registered Feadship was designed by De Voogt Naval Architects, boasts four decks, a half-court basketball court and 4 MTU diesels with a combined 14,600 HP. Purchased in 2012, the boat is a sister ship to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's Musashi, according to a recent Forbes article.


See more... HERE    And Specs... HERE

Save the Date - Cove Dinghy Poker Run - July 25th!!

Pre-Register ASAP !!  

Participants of all ages are encouraged, and Pre-Registration is REQUIRED!! 

Everyone is welcome... Shore & Country, South Norwalk Boat Club, Norwalk Boat Club, Ischoda Yacht Club, Sprite Island... Come on down! 


Dinghys, Jet Skis or kayaks are allowed (water pistols are encouraged).   Join your friends and enjoy a fun day on the water !

There will be 5 card pick-up checkpoints around the harbor. Collect a playing card (in an envelope) at each checkpoint. Bring the envelopes back to the finish and find out what hand you have for a prize !


Registration is  at 1:00 and Game time is 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Put away your dinghy & change between 4:00 - 5:00 with card collection at 5:00 - 6:00 followed by a BBQ and awards. Land your dinghy between "B" and "C" docks to finish. Entry fee is $5 per 'hand' and multiple hands per dinghy are allowed. Winner takes the proceeds!!!


More info & "the rules".....  HERE

Things to Do, Events, Seminars and Courses


Events at Norwalk Cove - Save the Date:


Friday, July 17th will be BINGO night - 7pm-9pm
in the breezeway at the Ship Store


Saturday, August 15th will be Chili Cook-Off!

2pm-4pm in the breezeway at the Ship Store.


Friday August 21st, another fun BINGO night - 7pm-9pm in the breezeway at the Ship Store



The Norwalk Concert Series
at Calf Pasture Beach
Held in the city park next to Norwalk Cove Marina. Bring a folding chair and picnic supper.  Be prepared to sing along or get up and dance!


Click HERE for the schedule of Wednesday evening concerts.


Save the Date - September 5th  

Huntington Lighthouse Festival 


A great on-the-water party accessible only by boat! Bands play from the roof of the Lighthouse to an fleet of anchored boats from 11 am til dusk.



More info...  HERE   



The VIBES - Bridgeport July 30st - Aug 2nd  

Gathering of the Vibes is an annual music, arts and camping festival now in its 20th year. Rock On!


Hint:  You can hear the music from the water! Seaside Park, Bridgeport

Info... HERE     
Access by Boat.... HERE 


SEA Safe Boating Courses


With the Sea Dolphins, You're on your way to being Safe, Legal, and Confident! 

Next Course... THIS SAT at Rex Marine 
Sign Up...... HERE 



NY Times - Things To Do Around CT

See the Times website & list of events...  HERE   
On a final note,