September 19, 2020

Old Lyme Land Trust Hosts Annual Kayak Regatta, Tomorrow; All Welcome

The 6th Annual Kayak Regatta will be held Sunday, Sept. 6.

OLD LYME — Kayakers and canoers of all ages and skill levels are invited to join the 6th Annual Kayak Regatta hosted by Old Lyme Land Trust (OLLT).

The Regatta will launch on the rising tide, at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6. The launch site is the Old Lyme Smith Neck boat launch at the end of Smith Neck Rd, off Rte. 156 at the Mile Creek Rd. intersection.

The route will take kayakers up the Back River, then cut between Marvin Island and Great Island, both part of the Roger Tory Peterson Preserve. It will then travel to a large open bay between two smaller islands for an exploration of the Duck River. From that location, there will be scenic views of the OLLT’s Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve.

The tour will return to the boat launch at approximately 3:30 p.m., where light refreshments will be served.

The Regatta will be lead by Fred Fenton, an experienced kayaker and former long-term director of the OLLT. Fenton will point out special features of the area and answer questions about the Preserves.

There is no charge for the Regatta, but there is limited parking, so if you wish to join the tour, contact the Old Lyme Land Trust via or visit

Personal Flotation Devices (aka, life jackets) must be worn.

Donations to the Old Lyme Land Trust will be gratefully accepted. The Trust is a 501(c)(3) corporation and not part of the Town of Old Lyme.


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