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Stonington Harbor, CT

Stonington Harbor Aerial View
Stonington is great for meeting up with crew as the train stops right there in town.  Stonington is also very protected, has a host of marine services, many re-provisioning options, and a quaint historic New England village.  In fact, it’s a great destination of its own right, especially on the day of the blessing of the fleet.  It’s one of the few remaining harbors with a substantial commercial fishing fleet, and the parade of ships on that day is a true spectacle.  The town is a pleasant walk from Dodson’s, and there are major supermarkets, antique stores, and a fresh produce market on weekends.  DuBois Point Beach is ¾ mi down Water Street .

Dodson’s Boatyard in Stonington is a main attraction for cruising sailors offering moorings, showers, a restaurant, and a launch.  You can reach them at 860-535-1507 or VHF channel 78.

The new Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is now open as of the Fall of 2005 and has posted a listing of reciprocal clubs. We’ll cover more about this destination in future close-ups, but for now, we're just using Stonington as our departure port for our weeklong cruise.

A fleet exiting the inner harbor in tandem on a foggy morning. The commercial fishing docks are to the right.

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