Captain Darin Keech, owner of Poet’s Lounge Sailing Charters out of Mystic, CT, has offered private charters in the region’s most exquisite sailing location for seventeen years, and he has a sailing solution for those who’ve been too long in isolation. “Providing the COVID-19 public safety status improves, Poet’s Lounge Sailing Charters intends to operate two classic sailing vessels this season,” says Captain Darin. “Considering the concerns of these times, private charters for couples or your own small group may be the way to go.”
Captain Darin’s Ericson 39, called Poet’s Lounge Mystic, will be available for private daysails, sunsets and moonlight cruises on Fishers Island Sound. His Jeanneau Sunkiss 47, Poet’s Lounge Carib, is available for private daysails, overnights, and multiple-day excursions. Poet’s Lounge Charters’ summer season start Memorial Day weekend and runs through Columbus Day weekend.
Captain Darin is also a professional musician, songwriter and playwright. The boat names originate from a song he wrote for his play, “The Common Itch.” “The song is actually about a fictional coffee house called Poet’s Lounge. It struck me as a good name for a boat,” says Captain Darin, who will play guitar for you on charter. Just ask.
“Private day charters can include up to six passengers, but couples often charter to have the boat all to themselves,” says Captain Darin. “The two-hour daysails are as popular as the six-hour full day excursions. Charters are based on availability. Custom daysail or sunset charters can be booked in advance between two and six hours to accommodate your personal date, time and interest. You can also book the day of, with short notice to see what time slots are available. With two boats running we can usually find a time slot, but it is best to book in advance.”