For more events, please see the Calendar.

Sunday, June 2, 2024, at Darien Library – Speaker Series: “Left For Dead,” with Eric Jay Dolin. Click here.

Saturday, June 8, 2024, at Noroton Yacht Club, Darien – Spring Refresher: “Practice What We Teach.” Click here. Questions? Please email Fred Elliott (elliottfc.07 AT

Various Dates: Proposed DSPS Boating Events. Click here. Questions? Please email Fred Elliott (elliottfc.07 AT

Sunday, June 23, 2024, at 20 Seagate Road, Darien – Season Startup Party. Click here.
Questions? Please email Mark Bodian (mmarkb1968 AT

Coming Attractions: Click here.

Saturday, June 8, 2024, from 8:30 - 11:30 am
Anchoring, Charts, Piloting, Radio, Docking, GPS
Right-of-Way on our local waters...and more!

Come join the fun and prepare for a safe season on the water

The Spring Refresher is designed for the graduates of the Coastal Boating/Safe Boating class, DSPS members and their guests who want to “refresh” their safe boating skills. We will meet at Noroton YC, 23 Baywater Drive, Darien, at 8:30 am sharp on Saturday, June 8, and depart from the dock shortly thereafter. We will return by 11:30 am. Take advantage of this opportunity to “Practice What We Teach.” It is your opportunity to go out on a Darien Sail & Power Squadron member boat and see Long Island Sound with an experienced teacher and boat captain.

There will be 3-4 participants on each boat with a captain and a DSPS coordinator. The “on the water” activities will include: pre-launch boat review, leaving the dock, proceeding to the channel, plotting a course, basic rules of the road, man-over-board (MOB), anchoring, and docking. We will practice navigation rules, communicating on a VHF radio, releasing and securing your boat from the dock or mooring, and other safe boating skills needed to have a stress free and safe outing on the water.

Coffee/water and donuts are provided before we leave and a light lunch is included to enjoy with your crew upon return. Bring a friend or a family member if you would like. The cost is $25 per person and includes the light lunch after the trip. Also, we can make arrangements for lunch at the dock with your family members/friends that are not participating in on-the-water activities for a minimal fee. Show them the boats and the docks!

We have had great weather in past years and hope to have good weather again this year. We leave the Noroton YC docks promptly, so come early.

Next steps:

  1. Email Fred Elliott at that you would like to attend. Space is limited to 20 students, first come, first served.
  2. Send a check for $25 per participant made out to DSPS to:
        John Pedersen
        35 Dubois St.
        Darien, CT 06820


Use PayPal:

Number of Participants

We will be happy to process your registration for this fun and instructive morning on LI Sound.

You will receive an email confirming your registration. Any questions please contact Fred Elliott at or (203) 656-2820.

“Left For Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World” with Eric Jay Dolin

Sunday, June 2, at 3:00 pm at the Darien Library

Although the talk will be in a large auditorium, the Library requests that you register prior to the 3:00 pm start time. To register or to see how many seats remain available, please go to Author Event: Eric Jay Dolin, Left For Dead

Left For Dead Cover

Event Details

Darien Library along with the Darien Sail and Power Squadron, welcomes Eric Jay Dolin for a discussion of his book, “Left For Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World.”

In “Left for Dead,” Eric Jay Dolin tells the true story of a wild and fateful encounter between an American sealing vessel, a shipwrecked British brig, and a British warship in the Falkland archipelago during the War of 1812.

Fraught with misunderstandings and mistrust, the incident left three British sailors and two Americans, including the captain of the sealer, Charles H. Barnard, abandoned in the barren, windswept, and inhospitable Falklands for a year and a half.

About the Author:

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of sixteen books, including “Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America,” “Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution,” and “A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes.”

For more information, please see

Proposed Boating Events for 2024
Saturday, June 8: “Spring Refresher,” Noroton Yacht Club, 8:30-Noon (Including Lunch)
Monday, June 17: Weekday Raft-Up, Ziegler's Cove 6:30 pm
Saturday, June 22: Cruise To Port Jeff – Depart Noroton 9:00am, Depart Port Jeff Whenever (TBD)
Saturday, July 20: Weekend Raft-Up With Greenwich, Greenwich Cove, Noon Until Whenever
Friday, July 26: Boat/Camp 2024, Noroton Yacht Club
Saturday, July 27: Cruise To City Island
Saturday, August 17: Weekend Raft-Up With Greenwich, Greenwich Cove, Noon Until Whenever
Saturday, August 24: Cruise To Bridgeport “Captain’s Cove” – Depart Noroton Yacht Club 10:30 am, Depart Captain’s Cove TBD
August 31: Huntington Lighthouse MusicFest, Start Time 11:00am, Details To Follow

Darien Sail & Power Squadron’s Season Startup Party

Sunday, June 23 – 5 to 8 pm at 20 Seagate Road, Darien


Excellent Hors D’oeuvres

Dark & Stormies For Sailors (and others)

Come Enjoy the Wonderful Holly Pond Setting

New Members: this is your chance to meet and get to know the rest of us in the Darien Sail & Power Squadron and talk about boats.

Old Established Members: this is your opportunity to greet the new members of our Squadron and talk about boats.

Friends of DSPS: you're welcome too!

Please RSVP as soon as possible to

Mark Bodian, and let us know if you’re coming!

Coming Attractions