Introducing Yoga Under The Tent!

May 21st, 2015 • By Marina Marketing and Brand

Just in time for the summer season we’re launching yoga classes under the tent! Starting Thursday, May 28.

  • Classes given by Helen Ouimette from 10 – 11:15 am
  • $10 for outside guests and $5 for boaters
  • Bring your own mat and water please
  • Get a $5 coupon to GlassHouse each time you attend a class!


Friendly’s Scoop Shack at The Marina opens May 7!

April 30th, 2015 • By Marina Marketing and Brand

The Marina at American Wharf is pleased to announce the opening of Friendly’s Scoop Shack on May 7 – right at the Marina across from the docks!

scoopshackJoin us next Thursday and choose from one of your favorite classic Friendly’s flavors – what better way to kick off the summer!

Get a free ice cream between 12:00 and 5:00 on opening day!

We’re getting some press too! Read about it in The Norwich Bulletin and The New London Day!


More great feedback for The Marina at American Wharf Weddings!

November 25th, 2014 • By Marina Marketing and Brand
Hello Renee!
I just wanted to tell you how gorgeous our wedding came together. It was absolutely wonderful. I wanted to thank you for being so great and working with us. I also wanted to tell you how awesome Michael was as well. I totally missed the 125 chairs provided and he went out of his way to make sure we got a price for them, they got picked up for us, as well as making sure we had all of the tables and linens to make our special day perfect. The boys that were working that day as well were great. They helped us unload cars with flowers, centerpieces, etc. and helped us get in the boathouse and make sure we had everything we needed.
I wanted to thank you again, the property was absolutely breathtaking.
Holly Sierpinski (Blatchford)

Some great feedback!

October 27th, 2014 • By Renee

How lucky we are to get such positive feedback from our wedding event clients, and we strive to extend the same quality of service to your upcoming function!

Dear Bobby,
I just want to tell you how thrilled we were with the lovely brunch that you did on September 21st after the wedding. The setting is so unique and festive, but that is only the beginning of a wonderful event. The food and selections were well beyond our expectations. Congratulations to your chef and all of your staff. They were so attentive to our guests and it was most appreciated. The flowers were beautiful and I can not tell you how many folks that took home a centerpiece have contacted me and said that they lasted for over a week.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you in planning the brunch. Everyone had a really nice time and commented on what a great setting, food, and service you provided. Thank you so much.

Best wishes to you and your family for a most pleasant fall.
Warm regards-
Chris Quencer

$37M Skyfall yacht drops anchor in city

July 10th, 2014 • By admin


Published 7/7/2014 9:05 PM
By Adam Benson
Publication: The Norwich Bulletin

By land or water, there are many ways to arrive in Norwich.

But in recent years, few Rose City entrances have been as grand as that made by John and Jeanette Staluppi, who docked their $37 million, 190-foot-long, multi-deck Skyfall yacht at the Marina at American Wharf on Sunday.

“I’m very happy we came here. I’m very impressed with the town. This is really a beautiful marina, and people seem very nice,” John Staluppi said.

Named after the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall is the 19th vessel in Staluppi’s fleet — all of which take their monikers from movies starring 007.

The boat, formerly called Mi Sueno and purchased by Staluppi just a few weeks ago, will give its name over to a 223-foot-long yacht under construction in Turkey that is set to launch in 2017.

With its near-$37 million price tag, Skyfall represents 31.2 percent of Norwich’s 2014-15 budget and is worth six times the assessed value of City Hall.

“I’ve been trying to buy this boat as a temporary one, because it takes three years to build a new one,” Staluppi said. “I’m hoping in three years we’re going to have a new James Bond movie out” so Skyfall can keep its name.

Staluppi, who according to website has a net worth of $400 million, made his fortune in the automotive industry. His Atlantic Automotive Group in Atlantic City, N.J., is one of the top 15 dealerships in the nation, with revenue of more than $1 billion.

In addition to a spacious lounge that boasts a wet bar and 80-inch flat-screen television, Skyfall has a basketball hoop, jacuzzi and room for 12 passengers in upscale cabins.

The boat is self-sufficient, producing its own water and electricity using generators.

In the luxury yacht world, Staluppi is a household name. His World is Not Enough vessel, built in 1998, is the only yacht in the world to have reached 70 knots.

Skyfall has a maximum speed of 22 knots, and it’s 5,000-horsepower twin diesel engines are capable of transatlantic journeys, which take about two weeks.

Staluppi invited a Bulletin photographer and reporter to tour his yacht, which remains docked at the marina through Wednesday.

“We can see the sort of attention it’s getting,” said its captain, Ed Child, who oversees a crew of 13.

In the engine room that offered a panoramic view of the Thames  River, chief engineer Clint Walrath said Skyfall combines its cutting-edge technology with the classic nautical training of its crew when it hits open waters.

They rely on GPS and automated tracking systems to monitor other vessels and get up-to-date weather reports from radar and outside companies that specialize in passage planning.

On-board stabilizers also help minimize the motion of waves.

“Weather for us is a massive thing,” Child said. “The ocean is a very powerful thing, and it’s going to move you.”
Staluppi wasn’t the only one enjoying his surroundings. Across the water at Howard T. Brown Park, onlookers snapped pictures of his yacht.

“My buddy has a boat on the other side, but it’s little. This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for Norwich,” said Stephan Clarke, a city resident who brought his 11-year-old daughter Alexia downtown Monday.

Mary Robinson sat under a tree at the park, impressed by the yacht’s huge presence in the harbor.

“It’s nice to look at it and dream,” she said. “It’s just awesome to see something like this here.”

Spring Boating Tips

May 13th, 2013 • By admin

After a long, snowy winter, the ice has finally given way to warmer temperatures and beautiful sunshine. The thaw is here and it is beginning to finally feel like spring. As excitement grows for the upcoming season, don’t forget a few important things before bringing your boat down to the Marina:

  • Inspect your vessel and perform all required maintenance
  • Be sure documentation & registration information is current and correct
  • Check all safety equipment and expiration dates
  • Confirm that all marina paperwork is complete
  • Brush up on boating rules and regulations

“Launch, and enjoy!”

40 Under 40 Award

January 11th, 2013 • By admin

Congratulations to Mike Valentine, Marina Manager, one of the recipients of the 1st Annual Southeastern Connecticut 40 Under 40 Awards.

“We applaud The Greater Norwich Chamber of Commerce for their recognition of Mike Valentine as one of the 40 best and brightest professionals under 40. Mike’s stewardship of the Marina at American Wharf ensures that iconic facility remains a vibrant destination for the citizens of Norwich and the greater boating community. We deeply value our relationship with the city of Norwich, as well as the surrounding area, and look forward to a future of growth and prosperity. Mike’s resourcefulness, professionalism and accountability is a credit to the Marina, as well as the broader Norwich community and we wish him continued success. We are proud to have Mike Valentine as a part of our organization.”

-Sean O’Brien