Boating Events and Places: Mystic Seaport

Mystic Conneticut

The MTOA, or Marine Trawler Owners’ Association, is an association of people who enjoy

…friendships, rendezvous, cruising and ‘messing’ around in boats, and doing it with a Trawler Owners’ philosophy and outlook.

One of the things that they do is sponsor a series of Rendezvous corresponding to their organization’s regional structure. The first two are coming up, so I’ll cover the first one now, and we’ll do the next one later:

Northeast Rendezvous

Mystic, Connecticut

July 16-19, 2010

This is an interesting place for people interested in boats. It’s pretty old by New World standards–having been founded in 1654. And of course, it’s famous for its Seaport, which is a living history maritime museum situated on the banks of the Mystic River. Mystic Seaport is notable for its collections of sailing ships and boats, as well as the fact that it’s recreated an entire 19th century village. Most of the 60 historic buildings are rare commercial structures moved to the site, and then restored. (Oh, and if you don’t have plans this weekend the 31st Annual Sea Music Festival is on, featuring Mystic Seaport’s “Chantey Staff along with a solid core of performers carry[ing] on classic musical traditions of the golden age of sail.”

In addition, there’s the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. The second part, the Institute for Exploration is involved in loads of interesting stuff–deep water expeditions all over the world.
For the Rendezvous, the MTOA’s program addresses:

A number of subjects of interest to our members including boat mechanics and maintenance, hands on boating skills, arts and crafts, boating safety, social events and most of all, fun. A one week cruise of the North East is being planned to follow the Rendezvous.

Although there are a whole lot of docking options around Mystic, this Rendezvous is going to be held right at the Mystic Seaport. You can find the registration form here, and it says to contact the Mystic Dockmaster at (860) 572-5391 for Rendezvous-related docking options.

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