Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fwd: It's time to get out on the water!

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It's time to get back out on the water at Mystic Seaport

After a long winter and a somewhat dreary spring, nothing clears your head and gladdens your heart like a beautiful day on the Mystic River. On Saturday, the waterfront at Mystic Seaport officially opens for the season!

Take a waterfront cruise: Beginning Saturday, enjoy a 25-minute cruise aboard the launch Liberty.Tickets are $4 per passenger for ages 4 and older (children ages 3 and younger ride for free) and can be purchased at the ticket booth near L.A. Dunton.

Times are: 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. daily.

Row or sail yourself: Rent a wooden rowboat or small sailboat and take your own personal tour of the historic Mystic River. Traditional small craft from the Museum's collection are available for rent to qualified boaters. Open weekends only May 20-June 18; daily June 24-August 27.

Sail aboard Calypso: This 23-foot sailboat carries 2-4 passengers and can be chartered for a sail in Fishers Island Sound. Sit back and relax while the captain steers, or get involved and help set sail for your adventure. Email at least 48 hours in advance to schedule your charter. Available June 1 to mid-October. $400 members / $425 non-members to charter the boat for up to 6 hours. 

Mystic Seaport Sailing Center Opening Day: After a winter of renovations, on Saturday, May 13, the Mystic Seaport Sailing Center (formerly called the Youth Training Building) invites members and non-members to come sailing, see the new space and learn about new programming. This season will feature open sailing hours, marine science programs, remote control Laser regattas, and much more.

Please join the center staff between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Take a JY15 out for a sail!

"The Lost Seaside Hotels of the Gilded Age" aboard Encore:  Cruise aboard Encore for three hours around Fishers Island Sound to see lighthouses, cottages, and (hopefully) harbor seals. Learn about the history, geology, and natural history of the area. Enjoy a one-hour pre-cruise talk about "The Lost Seaside Hotels of the Gilded Age From New London to Watch Hill, Including Fishers Island." Captain Spratt will speak about the development, loss and rebirth of the fashionable seaside watering places along the 12-mile shoreline from the Thames River, Conn. to Watch Hill, R.I. framed to the south by Fishers Island, N.Y. and to the north the Connecticut Shoreline. Of the 16 seaside resorts along these shores only the Ocean House, Watch Hill, is still standing. Call 860.572.5331 to make reservations.

May 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28: Lecture & slide show, starting at 11:15 a.m. Open to Museum visitors and those signed up for tour. Cruise departs from North Dock at 12:15 p.m. and returns at 3 p.m.

June: 7, 14, 21: Lecture & slide show, starting at 4:15 p.m. Open to Museum visitors and those signed up for tour. Cruise departs from North Dock at 5:15 p.m. and returns at 8 p.m.

Sabino inches ever closer: Sabino has been in the Museum's Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard since late 2014 for an extensive restoration. Museum shipwrights addressed a number of issues around the vessel, including reframing much of the stern, replacing the keel bolts, installing new planking and decking, and restoring portions of the superstructure. In addition, a new boiler will be installed. The Museum expects to have her back carrying passengers August 1, 2017.


Members receive free general admission and discounts on all classes and workshops at Mystic Seaport. Not a member? Join online or by calling 860.572.5339 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


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