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Cape Dory Rendezvous 2003:
Eastbound Rendezvous Flotilla to Bristol

Sunday, July 27th

Current as of: 2 June 2003

Northport Bay

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Northport Itinerary:




We will be meeting in the afternoon on Sunday, July 27th and anchoring in the bight off Asharoken Beach north of Northport Harbor in 6-10' of water with a soft mud bottom. If there's a strong southwesterly, we'll anchor north of the mooring field in Northport Harbor off Little Neck and south of Asharoken Beach, instead. Mean tidal range is 7.3 feet.

Use NOAA charts 12365 and 12363.

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

G"1" Fl G 4s off the long spit of West Beach marks the entrance to Northport Bay, due E of Lloyd Harbor. Northport Bay leads to Price Bend, Centerport Harbor, Northport Harbor and Duck Island Harbor. The Asharoken Beach anchorage is apporximately 1.8 nm east of G"1" Fl G 4s at the entrance of Northport Bay and approximately 22 nm from the flotilla's previous destination of Port Washington on Manhasset Bay.

Northport Harbor
-- Photo by Lee Holcomb courtesy of the Northport Chamber of Commerce

About the Area:


Like Port Washington, Northport is part of Long Island's historic "Gold Coast" where the rich and famous came to play, the most prominent among them was William Kissam Vanderbilt II who built "Eagle's Nest" mansion on Little Neck.

Lying between Huntington and Smithtown, historic Northport offers visitors a glimpse at many Victorian and 18th century homesteads, shops, and storefronts, all carefully preserved. Northport's Main Street downtown shopping area offers visitors boutique shopping galore and a magnificent view of the harbor.

The first inhabitants of Northport were the Matinecock indians. In 1650 the first Dutch settlers came to the territory from New Amsterdam and reported their discovery to The Hague. The report described "good fishing, fine meadowlands and mostly level ground suitable for farms and cattle". Six years later, this area, which would be called Great Cow Harbor, was purchased from Chief Asharoken by three Englishmen for seven quarts of liquor, two coats, four shirts and eleven ounces of powder. Relations between the settlers and the Indians were friendly, and the small colony flourished with farming and shell-fishing

When the Revolutionary War broke out, the Fifth Company of the Army was raised by Captain Platt Vail in Great Cow Harbor. It fought along side four companies from Huntington in the Battle of Long Island in Brooklyn, where George Washington's forces were defeated by the British. Long Island remained under British military control for the next eight years .

After the Revolution just thirty-one families were left and the task of rebuilding Great Cow Harbor began. Farms were replanted, sheep and cattle were replenished, and the residents looked at the sea and saw the future. In 1798 the lighthouse at at Eaton's Neck was erected. Four years later, twenty-eight residents petitioned the Town of Huntington for a public dock at Bryant's Landing - now the Northport Village Dock.

By the 1830's shipbuilding had become a major industry. From 1873 to 1887 a stage coach met the trains at 25-A and Church Street and then the East Northport station. The Village of Northport was incorporated in 1896 and the Northport Electric Light Company was founded. Northport was the first village in Huntington Township to convert to electricity, and in 1902, the electrically-operated Northport Trolley line relieved the stage coaches of the chore of meeting the trains.


Points of Interest:


The Northport Harbor Pump-Out Boat monitors VHF Channel 9

Sea Tow and TowBoat U.S. both monitor VHF Channels 9 and 16

Things to do and places to go:

Where to eat:

We plan on eating onboard our own vessels. If you want to go ashore to eat at a restaurant, it's a long dinghy ride to the Town of Northport to the south. Once there you need only to stroll down Northport's historic Main Street to find a place to eat.

  • Sea Shanty, 14 Woodbine Avenue, Northport. Phone: 631-261-8538
  • Ritz Cafe, 42 Woodbine Avenue, Northport. Phone: 631-754-6348
  • Skipper's Pub, 34 Main Street, Northport. Phone: 631-261-3589
  • Harry's Frozen Custard, 42 Woodbine Avenue, Nortport. Phone: 631-754-4850
  • Tim's Shipwreck Diner, 46 Main Street, Northport. Phone: 631-754-1797
  • Main Street Cafe, 47 Main Street, Northport. Phone: 631-754-5533
  • Tavern On The Harbor, 73 Main Street, Northport. Phone: 631-757-1225
  • Ship's Inn, 78 Main Street, Northport. Phone: 631-261-3000
  • Gunther's Tap Room, 84 Main Street, Northport. Phone: 631-754-4156
  Web Site Info:

The Village of Northport, Northport Chamber of Commerce

Norport Yacht Club

Centerport Yacht Club

Tide Table for Northport, Northport Bay (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: 9 September 2003

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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