The sixth Connecticut Spring Boat Show is scheduled for April 29, 30 and May 1 at Essex Island Safe Harborin Essex, according to organisers.
The boat show aims to raise funds for Sailing Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research, organizers said. Sails Up 4 Cancer will receive 50% of ticket sales proceeds, organizers said.
“Last year’s show raised $22,000 for the nonprofit. Show attendees will have an ideal opportunity to compare different boats, dealers and options in one beautiful location,” organizers said in a statement. “In addition to the boats on the docks, the show will feature more than 30 exhibitors, including yacht brokers, boat equipment, artists, accessories and lawn service companies.”
Visitors will have the chance to see over 40 new and brokerage, motor and sail boat models of various sizes, including Aquasport, Axopar, Beneteau, BlackFin, Brig, Century, Duffy Electric Boat, Eastern, Hansen, MJM , Monterey, Nimbus, Norstard, Pioneer, Protector, Saber, SeaBorn, SeaFox, Southport, Vanquish and other boat brands, organizers said in the statement.
An in-water show feature provides interested boat buyers with selected opportunities for sea trials over the weekend; thus, a “try before you buy” opportunity, organizers said in the statement.
friday april 29
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fast Women, Hydroplane Racing on the Connecticut River will be presented by Connecticut River Museum Curator Amy Trout. It will cover the Connecticut River sprint era during the first forty years of the 20th century, before America entered World War II.
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Richard H. Shriver, publisher of Estuary magazine, will present a lecture on the past, present and future of the Connecticut River, detailing its long and peaceful past up to the Industrial Revolution, followed by years of abuse, then of a partial recovery and bright prospects today.
Saturday April 30
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bucket List: Newport Bermuda Race, presented by the Cruising Club of America. Whether it’s your first time or your tenth or you’re thinking of sailing in 2024, these sessions will provide you with valuable and fun information.
1 pm – Rives Potts, president of Safe Harbor Marinas and two-time race winner, will open with the key points on what you need to compete and have a chance to do well. He will be joined by Paul Jennings and Dick Holliday of Cruising Club of America to talk about how they help new skippers race.
2:00 p.m. – Frank Bohlen, professor emeritus of marine science at UConn has long been considered an expert on weather and the Gulf Stream. He’ll talk about the best approach to using forecasts and what the Stream has in store for us this year.
3 p.m. – Ed Cesare is Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club and has competed in 18 races from Newport to Bermuda, including 8 as a navigator. He will explain how he prepares for the race.
4:00 p.m. – Chad Corning, Professional Race Boat Program Manager and World Champion, will talk about boat and crew optimization and how to prepare your team to consistently sail the boat as fast as they can. can go safely.
Note: Attendees should arrive with sufficient time to catch the ferry to the show and these presentations.
Sunday May 1
Our picks of activities and places to visit this weekend
12:30 p.m. – Captain Mike Roy is the founder and operator of Reel Cast Charters and will talk about his specialty, shallow water fishing for big stripers with light tackle. Also joining Mike will be The Sound Keeper Bill Lucey of Save The Sound. He will discuss the huge improvements in water quality in the CT River and Eastern Long Island Sound and how to sustain that progress.
1:30 p.m. – Frank Bohlen, Professor Emeritus of Marine Science at UConn, will join Mike to talk about weather, currents and their impact on fishing in Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound.
2:00 p.m. – Matt Stone, a 19-year kayak fishing veteran, will share tactics, tips, and preparation for kayak fishing striped bass.
3:00pm – Captain Brian Moskey will talk about deep sea tuna fishing and the benefits of being proactive, different fishing methods to lead to more consistent success.
3-day CT Spring Boat Show tickets are $20 per adult and are free for children 13 and under, providing access to the show and talks all weekend, rain or shine. 50% of proceeds will go to Sails Up 4 Cancer, a nonprofit and local charity that distributes funds to families affected by cancer, organizers said. Advance tickets can be purchased by visiting: www.ctspringboatshow.com.
The show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and hosted by Essex Island Safe Harbor Marina. Show sponsors include Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, Gowrie Group and Yacht Brokers Association of America, organizers said. To visit www.ctspringboatshow.com for more details on the event. Contact Ben Cesare of WindCheck Magazine at [email protected] for information on reseller and vendor applications.
Sails Up 4 Cancer is a non-profit organization based in Mystic. SU4C is dedicated to supporting cancer care, education, prevention, and research in Connecticut’s Coastal and Southeast regions. To learn more, visit SU4C.org.