Essex, CT is a gathering place for boating enthusiasts. Cruising is popular is this area, but there are also serveral opportunities for the competitive sailor. Many yacht clubs throughout the state sponsor regattas, but membership is not always required to take part in the fun. The Eastern CT Sailing Association and Windcheck Magazine are good references. Just when you thought it was too cold to be on the water, the Essex Frostbite YC is still active.