Contact Info

Essex Yacht Club

13 Novelty Lane, Essex, Connecticut 06426
Phone: 860-767-8121  |  Fax: 860-767-2674


  • By Sea
  • From West
  • From North
  • From East

From Long Island Sound:

Essex Yacht Club is located approximately 5 miles up the Connecticut River from Long Island Sound. The entrance to the Connecticut River is marked by R "8" Fl R 4s Bell. If approaching from the south or east, be sure to honor Bell "8" by passing south or west of it before heading northwest towards the the Saybrook Breakwater. Follow the channel markers starting at the Saybrook Breakwater upriver to Fl G 4s 27ft 5M "25" north of Haydens Point. Take care to observe the no-wake areas as marked. The Old Lyme Drawbridge monitors VHF Channel 13. The vertical clearance for the Baldwin (fixed) Bridge (I-95) is 81 feet. Turn west into the fairway marked by the first set of two yellow cans just west of R "26" Fl R 4s to Essex Yacht Club. The Waterfront staff can be hailed on VHF Channel 68 during launch hours. Essex Yacht Club's night signal is three vertical lights, white at top and bottom, and blue in the middle. The Connecticut River is tidal. Try to time your approach with a flood (in-coming) tide. The ebb can run several knots. 

Latitude: 41° 21' 57" N  
Longitude: 72° 23' 04" W 
(NOAA Chart: 12375)

From New York and New Haven, CT:

  • Take I-95 N toward New London 

  • Take exit 69 to merge onto CT-9 toward Essex/Hartford

  • Take exit 3 for CT-154 

  • Turn left onto CT-154 N/Saybrook Road and proceed to the first set of lights 

  • At the lights take a right onto West Avenue

  • Follow West Avenue to Essex Town Center 

  • Take a right onto Main Street 

  • Follow Main Street past the Griswold Inn 

  • Take 2nd right after the Inn onto Novelty Lane 

  • The Yacht Club is at the end of Novelty Lane 

From Hartford, CT:

  • From I-91 S, take exit 22 S on the left to merge onto CT-9 S toward Middletown/Old Saybrook 

  • Take exit 3 for CT-154 toward Essex/Westbrook 

  • Turn left onto CT-154 and proceed to the first set of lights 

  • At the lights, turn left onto West Avenue 

  • Follow West Avenue to Essex Town Center

  • Take a right onto Main Street 

  • Follow Main Street past the Griswold Inn 

  • Take 2nd right after the Inn onto Novelty Lane 

  • ‚ÄčThe Yacht Club is at the end of Novelty Lane

From Westerley, RI:

  • Take I-95 S toward New Haven 

  • Take exit 69 to merge onto CT-9 toward Essex/Hartford

  • Take exit 3 for CT-154 

  • Turn left onto CT-154 N/Saybrook Road and proceed to the first set of lights 

  • At the lights take a right onto West Avenue 

  • Follow West Avenue to Essex Town Center 

  • Take a right onto Main Street 

  • Follow Main Street past the Griswold Inn 

  • Take 2nd right after the Inn onto Novelty Lane 

  • The Yacht Club is at the end of Novelty Lane