The Long Island Sound Catalina Association (LISCA) is comprised of sailors in the Long Island Sound area that own or have previously owned Catalina cruising sailboats. Members reside in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, with boats from 25 to 47 feet harbored in many ports on Long Island Sound.

Bonnie & Austin Zipeto’s C34 MkII Summer Sun heading out of Block Island

“The focus of LISCA is on land-based social events during the winter and cruising events during the summer,” said longtime member Bob Flemming. “The land-based events are located in western Connecticut and southern New York, while the cruises tend to visit one of the harbors on Long Island Sound. LISCA owns three moorings, one each in Port Jefferson, Northport, and Stamford. Among the highlights of the summer is our two- to three-week cruise to ports in eastern Long Island, eastern Connecticut, and further east. Winter events begin with a welcoming potluck supper for new and prospective members at a member’s home on January 24. New and prospective members are always welcome, but please visit the LISCA website first and call ahead to let the host know you’re coming.”

The on-shore get-togethers will be followed by a gathering in Conscience Bay in Port Jefferson Harbor on Memorial Day weekend, with a hot dog roast/potluck dinner on the Sunday afternoon. Many LISCA members venture in early June to West Harbor in Oyster Bay for dinner on the beach adjacent to the St. Gertrude’s carnival, and in late June to Liberty State Park. The July Fourth weekend offers another opportunity for a raft-up, with many boats again returning to Port Jeff.

The summer cruise is still being planned, but will likely begin in early to mid-July and visit harbors in Connecticut, Block Island, and Nantucket,” said Flemming. “A summer rendezvous in the western Sound is planned for August, as well as a lobster bake on the beach at Port Jefferson during the Labor Day weekend raft-up. Final events for 2016 include a visit by car to the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis and the annual meeting at a member’s home. We look forward to seeing and talking with owners of other Catalina sailboats during our 2016 events.”

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