Rudderless in Fairfield County? Take to the open seas on a public sail
Look out on Long Island Sound on a hot summer afternoon and you're bound to see boats of all shapes and sizes -- a reflection of coastal Connecticut's rich maritime culture.
However, not everybody has the luxury of owning his or her own schooner, yacht, motor boat or cabin cruiser.
But for all the wannabe sea dogs, there are myriad ways to take to the open seas this season.
From the Bridgeport/Port Jefferson Ferry to the Cruise to Nowhere at Greenwich Harbor, public sails are disembarking from the Fairfield County shoreline on a daily basis.
Some provide educational opportunities, while others are purely for pleasure.
Take a look at these
popular (and local) public sails:
The Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Co. -- One hour and 15 minute trips across Long Island Sound
to Port Jefferson, N.Y., and back.
Departs from the pier on Ferry Access Road, Bridgeport. Call or visit website for schedule and rates. 631-473-0286, www.bpjferry.com.
Cruise to Nowhere from Greenwich Harbor -- Two-hour cruise aboard the Islander 2 schooner visits a variety of locales on Long Island Sound, depending on the tide level.
Visit the website for schedule. $10. Leaves from Arch Street Dock, Greenwich. 203-661-5957, www.greenwichct.org.
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk -- Marine Life Study Cruises on the research vessel R.V. Oceanic provides up-close, hands-on look at marine life living in Long Island Sound. Daily in July and August at 1 p.m. $20.50, $18.50 for members.
Captain's Cove Seaport and Marina -- The Chief, a
40-foot Navy launch, takes visitors on tours of Bridgeport's historic Black Rock Harbor and restored Black Rock and Penfield lighthouses.
Tours given weekends through September. 1 Bostwick Ave., Bridgeport. 203-335-1433, www.captainscoveseaport.com.
SoundWaters at Cove Islands Park -- The tall ship SoundWaters, a three-masted, 80-foot schooner styled after a 19th-century sharpie, takes afternoon and evening sunset sails.
Through August. Call or visit website for full schedule and fees. Stamford Harbor Park Marina, 860 Canal St. 203-406-3335, www.soundwaters.org/hc.
Norwalk Seaport Association -- Cruise aboard the C.J. Toth pontoon to Sheffield Island, including land tours of the historic 140-year-old lighthouse.
Norwalk Seaport Dock, corner of Washington and Water streets, South Norwalk. 203-838-9444, www.seaport.org.
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