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Harbor Talk Weekly
Rex Marine and Norwalk Cove Marina
Vol 6.16


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Rex Yacht Sales

has long been known in NY & CT as the place to find, purchase and sell a boat. 
If you are looking to purchase a new, used or trade-in boat, or to sell the boat you own, please visit 
or give us a call at 203-866-5555.

Has your boat been in the water all winter ?

Maybe it's time for  
a short haul....

or maybe more !

Contact the Cove or Rex Service Department
ASAP !! 

The WALK Bridge Strikes Again!

The Norwalk Metro North / Amtrak (WALK) bridge failed again last Saturday when trying to open for a sailboat. It seems the movable center swing tracks expanded in the 90 degree sunshine and were jammed closed and once opened, jammed again when closing. Rail Traffic was halted for six hours and it took until Sunday morning for trains to return to the regular schedule.

A test opening was conducted yesterday in the middle of the night to see if the bridge could resume opening for boats. We'll see what the test results were shortly. Meanwhile if you have a boat upstream... good luck! 

Is a fixed bridge an option?  Read... THIS 
2016 Calendar of Fun Things to do
Around the Sound  

It's time to make your summer boating plans - check out our 2016 Calendar of fun things to do around the Sound !

See it... HERE

E-mail additional events to:

Rex & Norwalk Cove are hosting a "virtual" fishing contest.
(Virtual as in "please don't bring fish in to be weighed" !!)

The contest is based on the honor system: Catch a fish, ID it, weigh it, take a selfie while measuring and either release (greatly encouraged) or keep for eating. Please include angler name and where it was caught. Weight is important and will be the primary method of judging. The catch must be made in the Sound between Throggs Neck and the Milford - Port Jeff line.

The contest will begin Sat. June 5th and continue through Sept. 30th. Winners will be announced in the Harbor Talk Oct. 6th edition with periodic updates and a photo gallery posted. Note that all State fishing regulations must be followed!  (CT regs are... HERE

Please e-mail your pictures and info to
Manresa Association Meeting and Presentation

The powerplant on Manresa Island has been decommissioned for 3 years and decisions need to be made for the disposition of the property... thus the formation of the Manresa Association. Their annual meeting will explore the economic and environmental impact of revitalizing the Manresa Island property.

All are invited to the Manresa Association's annual meeting on Wed. June 15 at 6:00 PM at the Shore and Country Club at 220 Gregory Blvd. in East Norwalk. There is no charge for admission.

New information on Manresa is to be examined, as well as a public forum exploring the economic and environmental impact of revitalizing the Manresa Island power plant property.

Additionally, an economic impact analysis assembled by a partnership between the association and the City of Norwalk is to be reviewed by the nonprofit's president, Charlie Taney, with comments afterward by Mayor Harry Rilling. The analysis covers a number of possible scenarios. There will also be a report by representatives of Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the Environmental Protection Agency, outlining remediation plans for contaminated wetlands on the 125-acre property.
Please RSVP to Julie Horowitz at  

See the meeting's posting.... HERE  

The Rex Marine & Norwalk Cove Photo Contest is underway and here is the current leading photo>>>> 
The aerial shot of
Norwalk Cove from
is the new leader!

See their Instagram page:

Remember, Submit your photos, we'll post them Instagram, and they'll be judged by how many "Likes" they receive.

The winner of the Spring Photo Contest will be announced at the Rex June 25th Customer Appreciation / Open House Party and get a $ 50.00 Gift Certificate! 

Submit your photos to:

See the pictures here...

Rex Valet Rack Service  

If you have a busy life  
but lovethe water,  
it's the answer! 
SONO Public Art Walking Tour

Take a tour of public art in South Norwalk, Connecticut.  Student tour guides from the Norwalk Housing Authority 20 West Learning Center art program will share information about the artists and the art, including a few hidden secrets!  Visit New Deal art at the post office and the library, murals from the 1980's, and more.

The tour starts and ends on the plaza in front of 50 Washington St.  Public parking is available nearby at the Maritime Garage, Haviland and Webster lots. The tour is free but space is limited with advance registration is required.....  HERE

When: Sat. June 11 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM   
Where: 50 Washington St. Plaza  

This Saturday - The Great Duck Race  

Westport Sunrise Rotary's annual Great Duck Race takes place on June 4th on the Saugatuck River. Great Family Fun!

For more information, visit the Westport Sunrise Rotary's website... HERE
Save the Date: June 25th 
Rex Marine Center
"We Love our Customers"
Summer Party!
It's been a long winter! Come celebrate summer and re-connect  
with your boating friends at Rex Marine Center on
Saturday, June 25th
12:00 - 4:00 pm*

Enjoy the Sounds of the Caribbean with the
Steel Drum Vibes of Mustafa Alexander

Tastings - we're finalizing the select list for you!
Great BBQ fare, steamed mussels, all the fixin's, & more
by "Ripka's at the Beach"

Take a Demo ride on a new Formula,
Sign-up for a free
Better Boating Class, and more!

If you have a friend who has an interest in boating
or Rex Marine, please invite them as your guest.
RSVP Required, Register... HERE

*Join us under the tent, rain or shine.
Cove Member Activities
Bingo Night............ Friday July 8

Dinghy Poker Run
...   Saturday July 23
               This year with LIVE Music for the party  

Bingo Night............ Friday August 19
Close to the Wind - An Exhibition at the Greenwich Historical Society

Through September 4th - Boats plying Long Island Sound were a regular and reliable means of commercial trade and passenger transport. Yet by June 1896, the last market sloop sailed from the Lower Landing in Cos Cob to New York, signaling the end of the commercial boating era.

With the rise of pleasure yachting, new maritime pursuits appeared on the horizon. Yachting soon became both a sport and a leisure activity associated with the grand lifestyle of the wealthy tycoons who built the great estates. Over time, as boating became more affordable, CT once again witnessed a proliferation of boats of every size and description that resulted in the establishment of many organizations dedicated to boating.

Through paintings, photographs, maps, charts and instruments this exhibition will explore the rich history of maritime Greenwich and share the myriad stories that link us to our coastal roots.

Info is... HERE
Boating Courses and Seminars

Safe Boating Certs, Navigation & Boat Handling  

See the updated list...    HERE

June 11th - Harbor Watch Fundraiser 
Join Harbor Watch  for the "Cocktails & Clams" event in support of clean water on Saturday, June 11 at Copps Island Oysters on Norwalk Harbor! This annual event is the region's premier dockside party with proceeds benefiting Harbor Watch, the water quality research program of Earthplace.

Enjoy a fresh raw bar with shellfish straight from the fishing boats, cool cocktails, and hot live music in celebration Harbor Watch's efforts to protect Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound.

Tickets are $75 per person in advance and $85 per person at the door; advance reservations are recommended. For more information on Harbor Watch or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 203-557-4400.
On a Final Note,