I am seriously hoping for a joyous spring. After watching what felt like a million of Connecticut Governor Lamont’s press conferences and daily studying of the vaccination and testing rates in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, we are forging ahead with our Connecticut Spring Boat Show in Essex, CT. It is both a relief and a welcome burden to do it carefully.

The enthusiasm from many sectors has been really uplifting. Yacht brokers’ biggest concerns are finding boats to sell, but they are really eager to be in front of people and frankly with each other. Shoreside exhibitors are curious about the expected turnout but are equally excited. Tickets (available at CTSpringBoatShow.com) will be required this year, and as always 50% of the proceeds will support the mission of our friends at

SailsUp4Cancer. There is caution expressed from others, which we are of course paying careful attention to, and that reinforces that we are still a long way from normal.

But you know who really doesn’t care? The Weather. The vernal equinox has come. The days are getting longer and longer. Boat work beckons. Frostbite sailing gets more often curtailed by big, blustery northerlies as the transition period that is spring is as unsettled as ever.

Hosted by our friends at Safe Harbor Essex Island (arguably the most beautiful boat show venue in the Northeast, and a short distance from the Griswold Inn, the Connecticut River Museum, and all that the lovely village of Essex has to offer), the Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday, April 30, Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2.

We may get horizontal rain and 45 degrees. We may get 80 degrees and sultry with no-see-ums and no wind to disperse them. We might also have 72 degrees and a cloudless sky with a light but building southeasterly coming up the Connecticut River. I am totally fine with any of the above. It will be joyous!

See you at the Boat Show!

Benjamin V. Cesare