Don’t Miss the Boat is a 2- day event to capitalize on tall ships that will be in the area in July and to keep
the energy of OpSail/ Sailfest going for two weeks. This event will include historic maritime history,
cultural diversity, children’s activities as well as a music performance by a 2012 Grammy Award winning
This free nautical themed event will be held on Saturday July 14 and 15 at New London Waterfront Park.
If you missed the Tall ships at OpSail this is your chance to tour the tall ship Gazela and the Providence.
New London’s own Mystic Whaler will also be available for day sails. If antiques boats are your style,
stop by to see Bay State Woodies, a display of classic rebuilt Chris-craft boats. These are one of a kind
restoration projects. Here, you can meet up with those talented folks and get a little advice on how to
do it yourself. So, if old boats are not you thing, how about a boat ride to see one of New London’s two
lighthouses? This is a chance of a life time, for the first time in 250 years of the New London Harbor
light will be open for tours. Entertainment for this event is not to be missed; children will love the
performance of the Nimbal Arts Circus. On Saturday the Nimbal Arts Circus will perform two shows as
well as a juggling work shop.Children and families interested in more nautical themes can stroll the pier
to learn about real working boats like a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (vessel to be determined), the Mystic
Whaler, tugboats Patricia Ann and John Paul from Cross Sound Ferry Services and the New London
Community Boating’s youth sailing program.