Despite sage counsel from Steve Sands, who helped outfit Elizabeth Jean for our journey, we did not run our Espar heater for the three years we were in the tropics. The idea of adding more heat to our cabin was logical, just not reasonable. So, as September turned to October we arrived in Rhode Island to replace the heater, dead from neglect. Our Rhode Island stay allowed us to explore two of sailing’s touchstones: Newport and Bristol. Newport, one-time home to the America’s Cup, lived up to its reputation as American aristocracy’s play ground. Bristol’s Herreshoff Museum offered its abundance of vintage wooden boats designed by America’s premier designer Nathaniel Herreshoff.
An albatross-eyed view of Newport’s extravant estates.
Newport’s cliff trail divides the rugged coast from many estate’s ocean views. A sunset saunter along the trail revealed a glimpse of the life style of the extremely rich and famous.
Up Narragansett Bay from Newport, the Herreshoff museum documents the Herreshoff brother’s prolific production. Over 2,000 of Herreshoff”s designs survive, including Reliance, the 1903 America’s Cup winner. The video that tells the brother’s story is well worth the time.
Reliance and Shamrock.