Harbor Update For Mariners Saturday

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Topics: Boating , Waterways

This aerial photo taken March 21 shows changes to Chatham's eastern shoreline and waterways made by the series of storms that struck between January and March. SPENCER KENNARD PHOTO

CHATHAM – It was a wild winter for the town's waterways, and boaters will definitely need to assess conditions before heading out this summer.

To update local mariners on current navigation conditions, the Monomoy Yacht Club will host its annual harbor update session this Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at the community center.

Four nor'easters between January and March rearranged shoals in Chatham Harbor, the Southway and Morris Island Cut, as well as changing the dynamics of both the 1987 inlet across from Lighthouse Beach and the north inlet opposite Minister's Point. There was also considerable erosion of North Beach Island and South Beach, adding significant shoaling to the channel between Morris Island and Monomoy.

Saturday's information session will include Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith, Harwich Harbormaster John Rendon, Chatham Coast Guard Station BMCS Corbin Ross and members of the USCG Auxiliary and Cape Cod Sail and Power Squadron. They'll share the latest navigation observations as well as information about moorings and regulations. The public is encouraged to attend the session.