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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.  
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:

To sail to windward on successive tacks. (Prob XVII)
"work to windward"

A cylindrical buoy (XVII). this design changed, mimicking the Anglo-Saxon word for a straight sided drinking vessel or tankard, "canne".

A "marker" or invoice for goods and services aboard ship. (XVIII). The word probably came from India and Sanskrit, where the Hindi word for letter or note is "chitthi" 

SuperMoon  The next supermoon is a full moon, coming on August 29th
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Short Haul Special


Schedule a short haul at either Norwalk Cove or Rex Marine and save $ 2.00 per foot off the regular price!   Good thru August 31st.

Rex Service 203-831-5234 


Cove Service 203-838-3681     
This Saturday - Cove Dinghy Poker Run !! 

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. Entry fee is $5 per 'hand' and multiple hands per dinghy are allowed. Prizes for the top three winners!!


More info & "the rules".....  HERE 

Woman Found Clinging to Kayak Monday


A 58 year old woman was found clinging to her overturned kayak Monday evening off Greenwich. Cold, hypothermic, disoriented, exhaused and dehydrated, she was near Bowers Island - over a mile from shore.


Luckily, she was wearing her life jacket and was hanging onto the kayak, which looked like a log to the police boat, who just happened along. She spent the night in the hospital and was released.


What can we learn from this incredibly lucky lady?  Go out with a  partner, carry a waterproof VHF radio or a phone in a waterproof case (marine police and the USCG prefer a radio call so they can triangulate on the signal & find you), wear bright, visible clothing and more importantly... make a float plan and give it to someone who will check up with you.


What's a float plan?  A simple document that give the who, what when, where & why of your trip. Leave it with someone who you will call when you get in - and if you don't call, they will try to contact you or start a search.   


 Read the article ...  HERE     Get a Float Plan....  HERE  

Last Chance to Get Your Dinghy Ready
The Dinghy Poker Run is this weekend !!

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

Wanna Buy a Lighthouse ??

It's true, you can own your own lighthouse, right off Norwalk.

Peck Ledge Lighthouse, established in 1906, stands at the northeast end of the Norwalk Islands, and it's for sale.  

The 54-foot tall "Spark Plug" style light features three stories of living space, basement level with cisterns and magnificent 360 degree views from its circular deck.  The cast-iron tower rests on a cast-iron cylindrical foundation with a protective ring of rip-rap. Note that access is by boat only. 

Current Bid is $ 25,000.00 with $ 5,000.00 bid deposit required.

See the Govt website...HERE

Boating on the Sound this Saturday?
Cheer on the Swimmers!!  Make a Donation!! 

Here are the details: 

Approx. 8:30-9:30 am 
West Beach, Port Jefferson, NY
Captain's Cove Seaport, Bridgeport, CT
 25km (15.5m)
Time Limit:
 9 hrs, 30 min.*
Max # of Participants:
 15 solo swimmers, 5 two-person relays and up to 55 team relays - a maximum of 75 swimming boats for relays and solos combined.
Minimum Age:
 19 years old for solo swimmers and two-person relay team members, 13 years old for relay team members. Exceptions may be considered under the discretion of the SWIM Committee.
Fees: SOLO swimmers - $1,500
TWO-PERSON relay - $3,500
TEAM relays - $7,500
 Each swimmer/team will be provided with a motorized escort boat.

Awards to the top male and female solo swimmers and relay categories. All swimmers will be recognized for their participation.

The relay team category focuses more on fundraising efforts for cancer programs sponsored by the SWIM, rather than race results.

To Donate or Sponser a Swimmer, click...  HERE    

Rigging Department at Norwalk Cove  

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


Save the Date - Aug. 15th 
Chili Cookoff at Norwalk Cove 

When: Saturday August 15th 


Where: The Ship's Store at Cove


Time:   2:00pm-4:00pm


Who Will Make the Chili?

Norwalk Cove would like our customers to show off their creative cooking skills by creating a delicious chili dish for fellow dock mates!


Who are the Judges?

Rally the troops on your docks because your dock mates are the judges in this event!!


Prizes will be awarded to the top two winners AND we will have a special category for 'Most Creative Chili'


 Sign up now to cook some chili!   


Please contact Kate Russell


Things to Do, Events, Seminars and Courses


Events at Norwalk Cove - Save the Date:

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.



Long Island Sound and Art Festival   

Sunday August 2nd   Noon - 6:00 pm  


Held in Northport Village Park overlooking Northport Harbor, the Long Island Sound and Art Festival brings together bands , artists, a drum circle, live paining, vendors and Hula demonstrations - all accessible by boat!  

The show includes "ArtMOSPHERE", an ongoing series of unique Art Exhibitions, each showcasing approximately 300 selected paintings, plus Live Classic Rock, Jazz Fusion, and Blues situated at a cool venue. Each event spotlights dozens of artists exhibiting a variety of styles. More than one-hundred Long Island artists will be taking part in this series.


 Get more info...  HERE  




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  



Saturday September 12th 

Duck Island Yacht Club Laser Regatta

Laser Sailor Unite!  Come to Westbrook,  CT and compete in the Duck Island Yacht
Club Laser Regatta!


Get the details... 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!    
Sign Up...... HERE 



NY Times - Things To Do Around CT

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