Friday, May 09, 2008

Leaving Apponaug



[Kyle]After what seemed like being at work forever and not sailing we finally said farewell to Apponaug, and the lovely people we met there. John Dickerson (Owner of the marina) kindly sent us off with new lures to attempt to improve Maryanne's fishing success. Our first stop on our next leg (eventually to Portland, Maine) was Newport, Rhode Island. We topped up our fuel and headed south, tacking down the bay into increasing winds on a sunny day. Sailing again – great!

We quickly reefed, and reefed again to keep the boat under control, as we neared the Northern end of Conanicut Island we were approached by Geronimo of Newport (RI). Geronimo was a record breaking 110' tri-maran, but the one on the bay today was a different Geronimo: a 68’ sail training vessel owned and used by a local school (nothing like the school I went to). Nevertheless, the race was ON. We enjoyed reeling them closer and closer as the day wore on. We even beat them to harbor (we are just not sure if they knew they were in any type of race). We also saw some beautiful 12m boats in the bay – they just looked stunning and great fun. We altered course to give way to one of them, and discovered a deck full of cold and miserable looking teenagers – not so much fun as we expected!

We anchored under sail by the public pier at Kings Park in the south of Newport Harbor. The windlass was a little sticky as we let the anchor out, so Maryanne decided an overhaul/service was warranted. Newport harbor is absolutely beautiful, filled with modern and classic boats of all types and lovely views in all directions.

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