40:32.47N 074:08.31W Sprite
Island Yacht Club
We have spent the last few days as guests at Sprite Island
Yacht Club - and what an amazing club this is. The club is a small island just
off the shore at Norwalk, CT, connected to the mainland by a ferry service.
The members have a parking lot on the mainland and then radio the boat boys
to pick them up and take them to the island or to their yachts that are on
The island is only 8 acres and is covered in beautiful
trees. The facilities include a beach, a small club house, a large wooden deck
and lots of chairs under the trees. It is a stunning place to just hang
out. Sailing and boating seem to come second, at this very social
Tom invited us to the annual Clambake .. which is much
more than that! It was a massive seafood extravaganza for about 180
people. The fire was built earlier in the day and huge rocks heated up. When the
fire burnt down, the rocks were covered in wet seaweed, that the volunteers had
collected earlier in black bags. All that was covered in chicken wire and then
hundreds of live Maine lobsters were put on the fire. The chicken wire is to
stop them burrowing down into the fire! Then all that was covered with a giant
tarpaulin and the lobsters started to steam.
While all that was cooking, we were treated to starters of
steamers (soft shell clams) and black mussels. We then had New England clam
chowder before the lobster was served with salad, baked potatoes, corn and
salad. And believe it or not there was still dessert! What a
feast! The blue bands you see on the lobsters are to keep the claws
together so they can't nip you.
This was a real treat - and we were very privileged to
have been invited by Tom.