Last week we returned to Newport, RI as we made our planned voyage south. Unfortunately Bonni broke two fingers while mooring the boat in “salty” conditions. She is scheduled for surgery tomorrow to get the bones put back together. Since there’s a somewhat lengthy healing process we decided to pivot and change our schedule around and visit Australia and New Zealand this year rather than next year.
We will leave the boat on dry land at Newport RI and restart the adventure again come spring. We’ll cruise Maine in more depth and also visit Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island. We will then start to head south to the Bahamas.
In the meanwhile we plan to stay on the boat in Newport until 1 October and with relatives in New Hampshire thereafter. Newport is a very impressive place is is truly a sailing Mecca and an historical jewel. On the historic side, aside from the preserved mansions, the Newport Historic District covers 250 acres in the center of town. It has an extensive and well-preserved assortment of intact colonial buildings dating from the early and mid-18th century. We have spent a fair amount of time walking through the Historic District but still have more to explore. One thing we discovered was the Touro Synagogue. It is the oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States, the oldest surviving Jewish synagogue building in North America, and the only surviving synagogue building in the U.S. dating to the colonial era. We met the rabbi, attended Shabbat services and plan to celebrate the High Holy Holidays there.
This week the New York Yacht Club is hosting The Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup which is a regatta for yacht clubs from around the world and their sailors. Over the past decade or so this regatta has become an important Corinthian sailing competition and there are 14 teams from Japan, Argentina, the UK etc. The racing is in the beautiful NYYC Swan 42s – the eighth one-design class created by the New York Yacht Club since 1900. The NYYC clubhouse in Newport is nothing less than stunning.
This week marks the start of the Newport International Boat Show, one of the largest boat shows in the country. Newport usually hosts a large array of spectacular boats and based upon what we’ve seen the past week, the number of super yachts and exotics seems to be ramping up for the boat show. For example, Aurora the Nordhavn 120 is here (http://www.nordhavn.com/models/120/) as is 280’ m/v Vibrant Curiosity and a number of Gunboats, Perini Navis and the like. It’s truly incredible and I’m looking forward to the show. Oh yes, btw in anticipation of the show I’ve made a $5,000 offer on Vibrant Curiosity ($110 million build). We’ll see how it goes.