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Cape Dory Sailboat Owners
Cape Dory Rendezvous 2003:
Eastbound Rendezvous Flotilla to Bristol
Monday, July 28th
Current as of: 2 June 2003
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Charles Island Itinerary:
We will be meeting in the afternoon on Monday, July
28th and forming a raft-up, if possible, in the anchorage
north of Charles Island in The Gulf, Milford, CT in 10-15'
of water with a hard sand bottom - softer near shore. Mean
tidal range is 6.6 feet.
Please monitor VHF Channel 16 and switch
to 72 for fleet communications.
GC "1" at Charles Island is approximately
26.5 nm from our previous destination of Asharoken Beach
on Northport Bay, approximately 5 nm NE of Stratford point
and about 6.5 nm W of the channel entrance between the New
Haven Harbor breakwaters.
Be careful of the shoals to the east and south
of Charles Island between R"16" Bell Fl R 4s and
CAUTION: At high tide you may see local boaters
cutting across "The Bar" which connects Charles
Island to Silver Sands State Park on the mainland. DO NOT
CROSS THE BAR. Enter The Gulf between GC "1" (Charles
Island) and RN "2' (Welches Point).
CD28 Carina, owned by Sam and Nancy Yorke, and Charles Island --
Photo by Bruce Halley
About the Area:
Charles Island lies about .5 nm south of Silver
Sands State Park beach. The island is accessible at low tide
by walking across the tombolo beach which connects the mainland
to the island. Folklore claims that Charles Island is the
secret hiding place for Captain Kidd's treasure. Numerous
studies have proven that to be false.
The island was originally called Poquahaug
by the Paugusset Tribe that inhabited the area until the
settlers began arriving around 1639.
According to local legend the fabled pirate
Captain Kidd buried treasure on Charles Island, perhaps under
a huge boulder called Hog Rock. So many have searched the
island for pirate booty that its surface had been turned
into a pitted wasteland. Even today treasure hunters continue
to dig, paying no heed to the well-known story of the two
treasure hunters who once uncovered an ironclad chest on
the island, only to abandon it in terror when they saw a
shrilly whistling, headless body, wrapped in a flaming sheet,
plunge toward them from the heavens as they lifted the box
from its hiding place. Feeling the next day that they must
have been out in the sun too long, the treasure-seekers returned
to the site of the discovery, only to find no sign of the
chest, the burial hole or the shovels they had abandoned
in their flight. Some legends maintain that the spirits of
Paugasset Indians, who once used Charles Island as a summer
resort, beheaded the pirates for desecrating their land and
made invisible any treasure buried there.
A religious retreat occupied the island until
1938 when it was swept away by a hurricane. You may explore
the ruins but remember "if you carry it in, you must
carry it out". Be aware that several species of birds
nest here and should not be disturbed.
Points of Interest:
Things to do and places to go:
If you want to venture into Milford, just
follow the channel into Milford Harbor on the Wepawaug
River. Yacht clubs and marinas line the river's western
shore. You can travel to the head of navigation at Milford
Landing Marina (203)874-1610. This is a great place
to stop for ice cream and explore town. There are plenty
of restaurants within walking distance of the marina too.
Gulf Beach -- Located east of Charles Island
and north of Welches Ponit at the end of Gulf Street. This
beach has a food stand, fishing pier and an observation
deck. The wind is perfect for kite flying.
Sands State Park -- North of Charles Island and connected
to it by The Bar, it has its entrance on Meadowside Road.
This beach features a beautiful boardwalk. Charles Island
is rumored to have the treasure of Captain Kidd buried
on it. Keep your eye on the tide when you travel to the
island or you could end up like Robinson Crusoe.
Walnut Beach -- Is located west of Charles
Island and just off Naugatuck Avenue. It's considered the
beach with best sand.
Where to eat:
We plan on eating onboard our own vessels.
If you want to go to a restaurant, head into Milford Harbor
up the Wepawaug River. Yacht clubs and marinas line the river's
western shore. You can travel to the head of navigation at Milford
Landing Marina (203)874-1610. This is a great place to
stop for ice cream and explore town. There are plenty of
restaurants within walking distance of the marina too. Restaurants