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Welcome to the ConnYak Bulletin Boards
*Admin* Apr 2, 2021

The old ConnYak bulletin board software crashed during the transfer of our website to a new server. We are in the process of looking for a new software package for our bulletin boards. In the meantime we have set up a temporary system.

Users can submit their post via email. Click on the link above "How to post on the ConnYak bulletin boards" for directions.

The Classified and the Commercial boards are the same as before, i.e., a person or a business can submit ads for selling or buying items and a business can submit ads to describe kayak related activities.

The Bulletin Board is intended to be used for posting upcoming pick-up paddles or upcoming events. It is not intended to be used to carry on discussions or to post other, although maybe interesting, topics.

Seasonal reminder: Dress for cold water immersion
Olli Bloch April 10, 2021

Air temperatures are warming up, and the urge to get on the water gets stronger with each sixty-degree day. Please remember that water temperatures are currently in the mid-40s at best. It will be over a month before they approach the 60s. Dress for the possibility you may end up in the water and may become subject to hypothermia very quickly.

Otherwise you may end up like a paddler in Norwalk the other day, in the water, hanging onto a friend's boat, incapable of self-rescue owing to the onset of hypothermia, and hoping for the good fortune to be rescued by the local fire department marine unit (as that paddler was). Failing that, you may be spotted by a good samaritan boater or the Coast Guard may be called and reach you in time. Hopefully, your luck won't run out.

Story in the Norwalk Hour

Overnight parking for Norwalk Islands?
Troy Siegel April 24, 2021

I'm trying to arrange a camping/paddling trip to the Norwalk Islands.

Folks at city hall and the boating center/visitor's dock tell me I can buy my permit and park at Veteran's Park. But can NOT launch non-motorized vessels there. Are they kiddin' me? I can launch at Calf Pasture beach park, but can't park there overnight. And they now have "resident only" parking signs there. I've been told to launch & leave car at the end of 2nd St. But that doesn't seem safe and only room for about 3 cars.

Any suggestions where I can launch and park for a couple days? Looking for safe/well lit and legal.

Link to: Troy's email

Farm River access this season
Russell Norton April 14, 2021

Gated access open 1 May - 1 Oct. -- annual fee about $32 online

Nice picnic pavilion shared with marina power boaters. The launch is a muddy morass at low tide. Access to the Farm River, Short Beach, Kelsey Island etc.

Go to for details and seasonal ticket... a huge improvement over the previous arrangement with Quinnipiac Univ (although that isn't saying much).

Memorial Day Weekend (May 29, 30 & 31) - Small Craft Workshop
Brian Cooper April 3, 2021

The John Gardner Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association (JGTSCA) is teaming with Mystic Seaport Museum to sponsor the 50th Anniversary of the original workshop started by John Gardner at Mystic Seaport in 1970.

This event was cancelled due to COVID in 2020. We are moving ahead with running this event in 2021. As a member of the TSCA I am helping to coordinate this event. Mystic Seaport has the event posted on their website. If you have any interest in this workshop, either attending or participating, I can answer your questions.

If you are interested in learning to row, or have an interest building wooden boats, the JGTSCA has a workshop at UCONN Avery Point. Our chapter also has a few rowboats that we can use. If interested or you have questions email me at