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Cape Dory Rendezvous 2003:
Eastbound Rendezvous Flotilla to Bristol

Tuesday, July 29th

Current as of: 20 June 2003

Cedar Island Marina/
Clinton, CT

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Clinton Itinerary:




We will be meeting in the afternoon on Tuesday, July 29th at Cedar Island Marina (860-669-8681, ext. 15, VHF Channels 9/68), Clinton, CT. Dockage is $2.80 per foot. Tell them you are with the "CDSOA group".

Please register by July 1st as Cedar Island Marina needs a boat count as soon as possible so that they can assure our group dockage space.

Mean tidal range is 4.5 feet.

Please monitor VHF Channel 16 and switch to 72 for fleet communications.

G"3" Fl G 4s, Wheeler Rock, the entrance to Clinton Harbor, is approximately 25.3 nm E of our previous destination of Charles Island at Milford, approximately 3.8 nm W of the entrance to Westbrook Harbor and 6.2 nm E of the approach to Guilford Harbor at Half Acre Rock. Mattituck Inlet on Long Island is 14.8 nm to the SSW.

CAUTION: The entire area around Hammonasset Point develops a nasty chop from tide rips.

CD32 Realization resting behind CD30MKII Adamarie at Cedar Island Marina
-- Photo by Bruce Halley

About the Area:


Originally called Homonoscitt, by the time the village was incorporated as a township in 1667, the name was changed to Kenilworth. Over the next century the town became Killingworth and in 1838 the township split in two with the northern half keeping Killingworth and the southern half became Clinton after Dewitt Clinton who was mayor of N.Y. and then Governor of New York state. He was most noted for his promotional work on the creation of the Erie Canal.

In the early days life centered about fishing, farming, shipbuilding, and the church. One of the early leaders of Clinton's church was the Reverend Abraham Pierson who in 1701 became the rector for a collegiate school that would become Yale University. The first classes were held in his parsonage in Clinton. In later years the school was moved to Saybrook and then to New Haven.

During the 19th century, there were three shipyards on the Indian River (which is now marsh).

Charles W. Morgan, a local Clinton resident, sailed the ship that bore his name on many whaling expeditions. Today his vessel is the last remaining wooden whaling ship in the world and is now located at Mystic Seaport Museum.

Today Chesebrough-Ponds calls Clinton home. They began their operation making Pond's Extract from witch hazel which was cut from woods in the surrounding area.


Points of Interest:


Things to do and places to go:

  • Cedar Island Marina: swimming pool, shuffleboard, basketball courts, lawn chairs, picnic tables and barbecues. FREE shuttle bus to Clinton Crossing Outlet Center & Town.
  • Hammonasset State Park. Phone: 203-245-1817. The beaches are open year round and camping is allowed during the summer for a fee.
  • Captain Elisha White House, 103 East Main Street. Phone: 860-669-6059.
  • Chamard Vineyard, 115 Cow Hill Road. Phone: 860-664-0299.

Where to eat:

We plan on eating onboard our own vessels but dinner at Aqua (on the premises at Cedar Island Marina) isn't out of the question.

  • Chips' Pub III, 24 W Main St. Phone: 860-669-3463
  • Clinton and Salads, 56 W Main St. Phone: 860-669-5343
  • Friendly's Restaurant, 62 W Main St. Phone: 860-669-2170
  • Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, 102 W Main St. Phone: 860-664-4110
  • Mc Donald's, 108 W Main St. Phone: 860-669-1005
  Web Site Info:
Clinton Chamber of Commerce

Tide Table for Westbrook, Duck Island Roads (courtesy of


Cape Dory owners are invited to join the flotilla anywhere along the route. Sail with us the whole way or just for a couple of days -- whatever suits your schedule.

Register Now!
Please download and print one of the following registration forms.:
Microsoft Word (42 KB) or PDF (15 KB)

Please mail your registration by July 1st.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Fleet Captain Michael Heintz, 203-838-7599 or at or Catherine Monaghan, 732-381-3549 or at

Please check this page often as we will include more information as it becomes available.

  Please see the "Events" page for the current Northeast Fleet Rendezvous agenda.
  For information on becoming part of the NE Fleet see the "Fleet Information." 

This page was last revised: 8 September 2003

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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