Signs of the sunshine: Noroton Yacht Club puts boats back in the water

The crane carries a boat across Baywater Drive toward the water. — All photos Jarret Liotta

Though they had to go flying through the air before they were able to be back swimming in the water, the fleet of boats at Noroton Yacht Club appear ready to set sail for another season.

Jon Leventhal, of the Noroton Yacht Club’s launch staff, helps guide the boat through the air.

On Thursday the crew at the club worked diligently throughout the day—ably assisted by the Derby-based crane operation A Quick Pick—moving boats from dry dock to the water on the west side of The Gut.

“It’s about the same every year,” said Jeff Eng, waterfront director for the club, who has helped oversee this exercise for 28 seasons now.

A boat gets placed in the water. .

These weren’t the only boats in the water this week. Darien Police also noted on Instagram their police boat is preparing to be back on the job as well. The police boat is docked at Pear Tree Point Beach near the Darien Boat Club.


“It just seems to get sooner and sooner each year,” he said, noting about 24 boats would reach the water this day, with the remaining dozen or so going into on Friday.

“We try to pick the weekend closest to May 1st,” he said

The crew watches the crane move into position.