Western LI Sound
Have to assume you''ve got a copy of the Cruising Guide for LIS. Between Stamford and Milford eight harbors come to mind. Noroton is the first. Noroton Y.C has a strong O.D. racing contingent, ice and water, and possibly a guest mooring. It is pretty open to the South, and you need a car to get anywhere. Rowayton has a number of marinas lining the side of the river, and offers visitors a pretty little town w/some restaurants within walking distance. It can take a while to get in & out. Norwalk Yacht Club is on the next point East. It offers better protection than Noroton because of the point and the Norwalk Islands. You would need a car or taxi to get to the restaurants in South Norwalk from there. Norwalk Harbor is heavily built up with marinas and marine-oriented industries. Many of the oysters served at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central come from here. Some of the marinas on the West side of the harbor are within walking distance of the "hot" South Norwalk restaurant/cafe/bar/club scene. They cater mostly to powerboats, so check the depth they offer before reserving a spot. The Maritime Center is worth checking out. On the other side of the harbor - but quicker to get in & out of - are the Norwalk Shore & Country Club and Norwalk Cove Marina. While in the area, stop at Sheffield Island and tour it and the lighthouse. Next down the coast is Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport. Like Noroton, they have a big racing fleet, but in a very protected harbor filled with slips. Further up the river is the Saugatuck Yacht Squadron. Stay in the channel and watch the tide if heading up there. Both Cedar Point and Saugatuck, like Noroton and Norwalk Cove and are not located near anything else. In Southport, Pequot Yacht Club may have a mooring available if a member is away. The town has stores and a couple of restaurants within walking distance. There is a channel, somewhere between the buoys out there. At dead low tide, with almost 7'' draft, we''ve done some plowing to get in on occasion. Past the club docks it can get quite shallow. On the other side of Fairfield is Black Rock. The Black Rock Y.C. maintains three guest moorings, and may have others available as well. They have a pool, tennis courts, and a full restaurant. Within walking distance are a number of other restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, movie theaters. Like Noroton, the harbor is pretty open to the South, and can get quite rough in some conditions. Watch out for tug & barge traffic headed for the concrete plant. Further into Black Rock Harbor is Captain''s Cove Marina, which is very well protected and offers full services. Bridgeport Harbor itself is a commercial port. Some marinas there were closed to enable developement of the waterfront in other ways. Stay out of the way of the ferries and fuel barges. After Bridgeport, there''s not much else until Milford. Have a nice cruise ! When are you heading out?