A new pavilion, described by officials of the Cedar Point Yacht Club as the club's first major expansion in 50 years, was officially “launched” with ceremonies on Labor Day.

The open-air structure, encompassing 3,200 square feet, is “ideal to serve visiting sailors at signature events, like the One-Design Regatta, National Championship Regattas, Junior Race Week and similar events,” Cedar Point Commodore Harrison Gill said in a statement issued by the club, “but it also provides a new focal point for dining, sunbathing, dancing, games, social events ... not to mention utilitarian winter uses by the frostbite sailing program and covered storage for our significant power boat flotilla and mast storage for larger vessels.”

Hundreds attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, including First Selectman Jim Marpe, other local officials and past club commodores.

The pavilion measures 50 feet wide and 64 feet long, Cedar Point officials said, with the for the patio surface extending an additional 16 feet along the south and east sides. The club has ordered teak furniture for use in the pavilion and the surrounding sun deck.