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Cape Dory Sailboat Owners
Cape Dory Rendezvous 2003:
Eastbound Rendezvous Flotilla to Bristol
Thursday, July 31st
Current as of: 2 June 2003
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We will be meeting in the afternoon on Thursday, July
31st at Dodson
Boatyard (860-535-1507 ext. 117,
VHF Channels 78), Stonington, CT. Moorings are $42.40 per
boat per night (there may be a need for two boats per mooring,
$42.40 per boat applies).
Please contact the
marina and make your reservation for a mooring as soon
as possible. Tell them you are with the "CDSOA group".
Please monitor VHF Channel 16 and switch
to 72 for fleet communications.
Stonington Point is 3.4 nm NW of our previous
destination of Napatree Beach/Watch Hill, 3.8 nm E of Morgan
Point in Noank and 5.6 nm NE of West Harbor on Fishers Island.
Dodson's is a full service facility with both
slips and moorings, laundromat (open 24 hours daily) with
book lending, ice, water, fuel, restrooms with showers, marine
store, repairs and maintenance, and a pumpout boat. Launch
service is available daily from 8 am until 10 pm.
We are planning a group dinner at 6:30
p.m. at the BOOM Restaurant (860-535-1381) at
Dodson's -- $31.50 per person including tax and
gratuity. Please take a look at the
menu and indicate your selections on the registration
Boatyard. Note BOOM Restaurant to the right. Photo courtesy
of Yves Feder.
BOOM at Dodson Boatyard
194 Water St
Phone: (860) 535-2588
FROM I-95 NORTHBOUND:
Take exit 91. At bottom of the ramp turn right. Take your third left
onto North Main Street. Follow that road through a stoplight and
to a stop sign. At the stop sign turn left onto Trumbull. At the
next stop sign turn right and go over the bridge. At the base of
the bridge take a sharp right into Dodson Boatyard. (You will see
Dodson's as you go over the bridge.)
FROM I-95 SOUTHBOUND:
Take exit 91. At the bottom of the ramp turn left. Take your fourth
left onto North Main Street. Follow that road through a stoplight
and to a stop sign. At the stop sign turn left onto Trumbull. At
the next stop sign turn right and go over the bridge. At the base
of the bridge take a sharp right into Dodson Boatyard. (You will
see Dodson's as you go over the bridge.)
About the Area:
Stonington is Connecticut's oldest borough.
It was settled by homesteaders from the Plymouth Colony.
In 1775 Stonington's local militia successfully
warded off an attack by the British 20-gun frigate HMS Rose commanded
by Captain Sir James Wallace. Wallace had been ordered to
patrol the coast, harrass shipping and secure supplies for
the British army. When the folks on Block Island learned
of this, they moved their livestock to Stonington. The British
found out about this and sailed to Stonington and demanded
their cattle. When they tried to forcibly remove the cattle,
the locals fired on them and the Rose responded with
cannonfire. But the people of Stonington prevailed, with
no loss of life, and the Rose sailed off emptyhanded.
In 1814 the town of Stonington found itself
once again facing the cannons of enemy ships -- five this
time. Captain Thomas Masterman Hardy issued an ultimatum
giving the townspeople one hour to leave, they didn't, and
Hardy ordered his ships to commence firing on the town. The
inhabitants of Stonington responded with three cannons. After
three days' bombardment, Hardy had blasted the town with
60 tons of shot, knocked down a few chimneys, blasted holes
in a few walls and caused only one fatality. Hardy lost one
landing barge, 21 men, and another 50 were seriously injured.
During the 19th century the town saw prosperity
in the form of shipbuilding, sealing and whaling. Large mansions,
such as the Nathaniel Palmer House, were built with the monies
made from shipbuilding, especially steamboats, and later
from the railroads.
Today the town is filled with interesting
architecture, from colonial fishermen's homes to Federal-style
mansions and Victorians.
We are planning a group dinner on July
31st at 6:30 p.m. at the BOOM Restaurant (on
the premises at Dodson Boatyard) -- $31.50 (includes
tax and gratuity). Be sure to take a look at the menu
and indicate your selection on the registration form.
Other area restaurants include:
113 Water Street. Phone: 860-535-3925
Skipper's Dock, 66 Water Street.
Phone: 860-535-2000 or 860-535-0111
Water Street Cafe, 142 Water St.
Festivals Family Restaurant, 163
S Broad St. Phone: 860-599-0880
Hong Kong Restaurant, 163 S Broad.
One South Cafe, 201 N Main St.
Sea Swirl Seafood Restaurant,
30 Williams St. Phone: 860-536-3452