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Kickin’ it in Kickamuit

Posted by on August 27, 2012

On Saturday Jay and I explored the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol. The museum is well worth visiting, you have the opportunity to see a bunch of classic yachts and board three of them to see how it might have been to sail in the early 1900’s. In addition, the museum houses the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, and enough models of racing boats to make your head swim, not to mention the 1992 America’s Cup contender “Defiant” outside the museum.

Known as “The Wizard of Bristol,” Captain Nathanael Green Herreshoff designed and built five victorious defenders of the America’s Cup from 1893 to 1914. A mock-up of his studio is amazing, with over 500 half hulls in every shape and size hanging on the walls. In addition, Captain Nat’s first design, (built when he was 11-1/2) is on display in the museum.  “Sprite” was restored by Henry Ford in the 30’s and was on display in the Henry Ford museum until it returned to Rhode Island in the late 90’s. In addition, Herreshoff is credited with a multitude of advancements to yacht design and construction, and some of his inventions are on display in the museum.

We walked into town and enjoyed a lunch of local whole clam bellies at Quito’s Restaurant. After lunch, Sabrina and Tanya joined us and we finished our tour of Bristol and headed back to the boats. After a fun sail in shifting conditions we arrived at the Kickamuit River and rafted up with “Liberty” and “Pura Vida,” friends from Minx’s marina in Barrington. A wonderful evening ensued, making new friends and enjoying the beautiful setting.

On Sunday the Kickamuit River got a little rough as the weekend boaters overwhelmed the area pulling tubers and skiers. We bid farewell to Liberty and Pura Vida, and later JV and Minx anchored separately to avoid the numerous wakes. We hope we’ll get a chance to meet up with our new friends sometime in the future, maybe in the BVI or later in the season as we head back south.

Today we’re lazily making our way to Newport while we wait for wind to fill in later this week for a jump to Maine. Rhode Island is a beautiful place, and we decided to enjoy some more time here as we wait for the weather to shift.

4 Responses to Kickin’ it in Kickamuit

  1. Tanya

    A knitting friend of mine is a lighthouse caretaker for the month of October at Seguin Lighthouse (http://www.seguinisland.org/). She said to stop by and pick up a mooring!!

    We had such a great time with your guys!! And the recycling guy thinks I have a drinking problem!!

    • Sabrina

      Thanks for the info- we’ll check it out! And for rounding up some additional votes. We didn’t win the sailrite contest, but we got tons of support, which was very cool! Glad to hear you made it back home safely! That waterspout picture was cool!

    • Sabrina

      Thanks for the info – we’ll be sure to check it out! We had a great time with you guys, too! Glad to hear you made it back safely – that waterspout picture was pretty cool!

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