You're probably right about Bluff being closer. I never intended to paddle to NL. I was only thinking of paddling due south from Dock Road to get the closest look at the ships as they sail by (not sure when they'll put the sails up). And then just go wherever for a "regular" paddle. I think the real show starts at the mouth of the Thames River with way too many inexperienced power boaters getting as close as possible, pounding a few beers and waiting all day for the fireworks. I'll be one of the (sober) power boaters, but we'll be watching off of Harkness State Park as they head east. It also might be fun to watch those same boaters at the launch sites (especially Bayberry Lane or the Streeter launch under I-95). They never fail to entertain! Be careful, wherever you paddle!!
: Actually, after looking at Google Maps, Bluff Point looks closer by
: water to the river (longer by car, driving northbound). You
: could probably still see the ships well right from the Pleasure
: Beach area, but I'm wondering if the real show starts when
: you're in the river. I think I remember seeing a building across
: the river (so I guess we didn't cross it when coming from Bluff
: Point) that had music and perhaps there were announcements about
: the ships coming by). I'm up for either, as long as the paddling
: distance isn't longer or more difficult than a normal ConnYak
: paddle geared for all levels (except rank beginners).
: On Saturday the ships will be departing Niantic at 9:30 and the
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