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Boardwalk Shops

The Captain's Cove Boardwalk is home to local vendors selling handmade  items, socially conscious gifts, souvenirs, and snacks.

Sail Black Rock

Captain's Cove is home to the Sacred Heart University and Fairfield University sailing teams.

Fairfield Prep Crew

Local high school students practice and hold crew meets at Captain's Cove.

Fishing Charters

Jump aboard the Middlebank II or the Salt Addict for a fishing charter on Long Island Sound.

Heliport

Visit us by air at our Heliport where presidential hopefuls have been known to visit.

Tall Ships

Captain'c Cove is the former home of the HMS Rose and current winter home to the Unicorn and Mystic Whaler.

Diving

Find out what lies underneath the Long Island Sound. Join Orbit Marine on a dive to get your diving certification or explore the harbor.

Maritime Museum

Explore Bridgeport maritime history at the Dundon House. Please call to make an appointment.

Non-Profits

Support swimmers at the annual Swim Across the Sound benefit for a great time and a wonderful cause.

Sailaway Sailing School

After school gets out, enroll the kids and teens in the coolest camp around, a summer sailing program.

Aquaculture School

High school students at the Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture School perform field work aboard the vessel Catherine Moore.

Fishing Tournaments

Every August, Captain's Cove hosts two popular fishing tournaments, the Interclub and the WICC World’s Greatest Bluefish Contest.

Commercial Shellfishing

Catch the “Cultivator” loading clams harvested fresh from Long Island Sound.

Aviation Museums

From Sikorsky to Gustave Whitehead, there is a lot to learn about local aviation.

Boat Rides

Learn about local history, wildlife, and culture on a boat tour through Black Rock Harbor.

Boat Locker

Rent a stand up paddleboard or kayak at the Cove.

FISHING CHARTERS

The Middlebank II sails seven days a week, offering daily fishing trips from Captain's Cove Seaport. The charters run from May through December. During this time, the Long Island Sound provides an abundant mix of the Northeast's in-shore game fish.

Simply show up to come aboard the fishing charter boat Middlebank II - no reservations are needed. The Middlebank II sails daily from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and also offers sunset fishing on the weekends from 4:00pm - 8:00pm (Memorial Day - Columbus Day).

 

Salt Addict Fishing Charters offers full day fishing, half day fishing, night fishing, and sunset cruises. Catch striped bass, bluefish, summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, tautog and more aboard the Salt Addict.

HELIPORT

There is a large Touchdown & Lift-off (TLOF) area on site and jet fuel available nearby.

 

 

TALL SHIPS & HISTORIC VESSELS

Captain’s Cove has long been involved with the restoration and operation of traditional sailing vessels. From 1984 to 2001, the Cove was the homeport of the famous tallship H.M.S. “ Rose”. In 2002, the Rose was cast by 20th Century Fox Studios as the lead vessel in the film “Master and Commander” staring Russell Crowe.

Currently on view at the seaport’s main wharf is the oyster vessel “John E. Pfriem”, a classic Chesapeake Bay “bugeye” ketch. During the off season, the marina provides a safe winter berth for two historic sailing vessels: the schooner “Mystic Whaler” and the brigantine "Unicorn".

DIVING

Orbit Marine operates two dive boats out of Capt. Cove Marina, historic Black Rock, Bridgeport. Local dives are offered from May through October. Local dives are offered each weekend day in addition to Wednesday morning dives during the week.  Call the shop at 203-333-DIVE (3483) or 1-800-395-DIVE (3483), to ask for specific days and times for local dive trips.

Local marine life is abundant in Long Island Sound which is home to five varieties of sponges, coral, sea anemonies,  sea urchins, sea stars, welks, moon snails, cunners, black fish,  striped bass, flounder, fluke, lobster, skates, clams, and oysters to name a few. New to diving? Dive students can do their training dives right in Long Island Sound, eliminating the need to travel out of state for long costly weekends away from home and family.  The Open Water student dives are  offered every Saturday and Sunday. Old pro? Local wreck sites consist of several mid 1800's schooners, a tug boat and barge (sank 1984), an early 1900s schooner barge, and other unknown recently found wreckage.

MARITIME MUSEUM

The Queen Anne Style Victorian house pictured here was built by coal dealer Richard Dundon in 1893. The house has been moved twice in its existence, once from its original site on Fairfield Avenue to Hope Street and from there to its present location at Captain’s Cove in 1991. The house underwent an extensive renovation from 1991-1996. The “Bridgeport on the Sound” exhibit is currently displayed in the Dundon House.  On view are photos, models, and artifacts relating to Black Rock Harbor, Bridgeport Harbor, and the oyster industry in Connecticut.

A collection of objects salvaged from the bottom of Long Island Sound by local divers is on display and a series of photos present the history of three local lighthouses. Models, eighteenth century navigational instruments and sail-makers’ tools on loan from private collectors are among other items displayed.

 

Over at the restaurant, visit our main bar built around the wheelhouse of a nineteenth century tugboat. Also upstairs, suspended over the dance floor, is a 40 foot model of the R.M.S. “Titanic”. The model was meticulously crafted by the Seaport crew over the winter of 1988. Also soaring overhead is a 2” to 1’ scale model of the VS-44A “Excalibur”, the Sikorsky flying boat.

NON PROFITS

The Seaport has become the venue for numerous annual fundraisers and celebrations. Our signature yearly event is the St. Vincent’s Hospital "Swim Across the Sound" which for more than twenty years has taken place here on the first Saturday of August.

 

The “Swim” centers on a 17 mile cross Sound race from Port Jefferson L.I. to Captain’s Cove. The race, and related events such as the Park City Regatta, raise in the neighborhood of three million dollars a year for the Hospital’s cancer support programs. Captain’s Cove is the proud supporter of a number of non-profit organizations including Beacon Preservation, Sea Scout Ship 110, Sound Waters, Tall Ship “Unicorn”, The “Heart of Sailing” Foundation and “H2O”. These groups provide a wide range of support services ranging from sail training for the physically challenged to the preservation of our local lighthouses.

SAILAWAY SAILING SCHOOL

Kids learn how to sail at their own pace in a safe environment combining hands-on instruction with fun activities to build confidence, encourage teamwork, and develop friendships! Visit Sailaway Sailing School online.

In beginner sailing, students start out on small boats which are great for learning the basics. Along with an instructor, they will cover rigging, wind awareness, points of sail, tacking, and jibing, and capsize recovery. As crew, together they will discover the magic feeling of harnessing the wind to move their boat over the water! In intermediate sailing, students will crew on the same type of high performance boats raced at yacht clubs and colleges. They will learn the finer points of sail trim and boat helmsmanship. They will also have a lot of fun doing some informal racing with each other! Experienced sailors will crew on larger keelboats and learn racing strategies and tactics on Club420s and Lasers. The focus will be on maneuvers and techniques. Students must have 3-4 years sailing experience and be proficient in rigging and sailing skills.

AQUA CULTURE SCHOOL

Our friends at the Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture School offer exciting programs to high school students including boat building, marine engineering, and aquaculture. Green technology in the maritime field has become a major focus of the school as demonstrated by the completion of a solar powered battery charging system.

To bring the classroom to the Sound, the school owns several research vessels including the 56’ “Catherine Moore”. Named after the nineteenth century keeper of the Fayerweather Lighthouse, the vessel is a platform from which the students can take lessons learned in class to a working maritime environment. Just off the coast at Southport the school maintains a farm on which the students raise bay scallops. Seafood lovers take note: scallops from the saltwater farm and fish raised by the school will soon be offered to the public at the restaurant/fish market in the new school addition.

FISHING TOURNAMENTS

Think you can catch the biggest bluefish on Earth? Come sign up for the "Interclub" and the WICC "World’s Greatest Bluefish Contest". These events pit local fishermen against the feisty bluefish, the Sound’s hardest fighting game fish.

 

COMMERCIAL SHELLFISHING

Since the 19th century, Bridgeport has been the center of an active oyster and clam fishing. This area remains on of the leading shellfish producers in the Country. Berthed at our main commercial dock visitors can watch the vessel “Cultivator” load clams harvested fresh from the waters of the Sound.

 

AVIATION MUSEUMS

Captain's Cove houses three aviation museums: the First in Flight Museum, the Connecticut Air and Space Center, and Connecticut Corsair.

The First in Flight Museum honors Gustave Whitehead, the man who made history's first manned, powered, controlled, and sustained flight in a heavier-than-air aircraft on August 14th, 1901 – more than two years before the Wright Brothers’ flight in 1903. The museum holds a life-sized replica of Whitehead’s 1901 #21 airplane which was built at Captain’s Cove in 1985, sponsored by Kaye Williams with a $10,000 grant. The replica was flown at Bridgeport Airport on December 28, 1986 to show that the basic design of Whitehead’s plane was capable of flight. The “bible” of aviation, Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft, has given the title of first to fly to Whitehead, rather than the Wrights. The First in Flight Museum contains an assortment of photos of Whiteheads #21 airplane taken in Bridgeport, as well as newspaper and magazine articles about his flights. Books written about Whitehead and t-shirts commemorating Whitehead’s accomplishments can be purchased at the museum. The museum is open every weekend in the summer months from 12-5pm on the Boardwalk. First in Flight is manned by Andy Kosch, his wife Natalie, and her son Christopher. The museum contains a number of antique tools similar to those that Whitehead used. During the winter months, the replica is on display at the Connecticut Air and Space Center in Stratford, along with the restored Corsair airplane.

 

Founded in 1998 by the late State Senator George “Doc” Gunther, the Connecticut Air & Space Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation dedicated to honoring the pioneers of early aviation, restoring and preserving examples of the aircraft they flew, and educating current and future generations about Connecticut’s unique aviation heritage. The Connecticut Air and Space Center, located in Stratford, displays photos and archives at Captain’s Cove on the weekends during the summer months from 12-5pm on the Boardwalk.

 

Connecticut Corsair is a volunteer organization dedicated to the restoration to flight of Connecticut’s Official State Aircraft and the most famous fighter of WWII, the F4U-4 Corsair. Connecticut Corsair honors the state’s aerospace history and educates future generations about the Corsair and its contributions on both the local and world stages. The organization is dedicated to inspiring students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Connecticut Corsair display is an outdoor exhibit that is open on weekends from 12-5pm outside of the restaurant.

 

BOAT RIDES

Take a tour of historic Black Rock Harbor aboard the Chief, a 45 foot Navy launch boat. Learn about local history, culture, and wildlife from Captain Bruce Williams on this guided tour. The tour is given on Sundays from mid-July through August and lasts 45 minutes. Please call ahead on the Sunday that you plan to take the tour to confirm that the boat will be going out that day. Tickets can be purchased in the main marina office. The prices are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $6 for kids.

BOAT LOCKER

Rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards from Boat Locker and explore Black Rock Harbor at your own pace. Rentals are available Friday through Sunday 12pm - 7pm with the last rental at 5:30pm. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A life jacket rental is included in the cost of the boat rental. Stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals are offered in one hour, two hour, and three hour intervals. While reservations are not necessary, it is recommended that you call ahead to ensure the rental of a particular style of boat. To make a reservation or to prepay over the phone, please call Boat Locker at (203) 259-7808.

 

Boat Locker also offers Guided Fishing Tours by reservation. The tour with all gear rentals included lasts four hours and costs $100 per person. Please call Boat Locker at (203) 259-7808 to make a reservation.

 

Since 1957, Boat Locker has been Fairfield County's premier boat dealership. Boat Locker’s large selection of kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and boats are displayed in the store’s showroom in Bridgeport, CT. As a bonus, when you rent a boat from Boat Locker at the Cove, the cost of the rental will come off your purchase of that boat at the store.

RENTALS 1 Hour 2 Hours 3.5 Hours (Half Day)
Paddle Kayak $25 $40 $60
Tandem Paddle Kayak $45 $60 $95
Mirage Drive Kayak $35 $50 $80
Tandem Mirage Kayak $50 $70 $110
Stand Up Paddleboard $25 $40 $70

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