To the visiting yachtsman Newport is like nirvana. The sheer number of beautiful boats is almost overwhelming. Today we went on a walking tour of the historic part of the city and we also visited the boatyard that is home (or at least temporary home) to the J boats as well as a host of other beauties.
The J boats were originally built in the 1930s for america’s cup racing and I believe that about 10 of these 130′ loa beauties were constructed. By the 1980s only three were left but there was an interest in reviving the class so some well-heeled racers built six new ones. They are spectacular.
Jim Clarke’s (Netscape, Silicon Graphics, s/v Comanche etc.) 260′ boat Athena was also at the yard today. Beautiful. As you can see below, the 62′ Gunboat, s/v Elvis was also present. Great day!