Originally posted June, 2012. Pictures enlarged and a few new ones added.
The America's Cup World Series in Newport, Rhode Island may be easiest compared to Grand Prix de Monaco. Except in the water. We spent yesterday watching the event.
We talked about the history of the event. One of the guests had been an editor of Sail Magazine for years and has a wealth of knowledge which he generously shared.
|The Lawson History of the America's Cup: A Record of Fifty Years - Amazon Link|
We went briefly ashore at Fort Adams. And we quickly realized how very lucky we were to be watching from the water.
|A Visual History of America's Cup|
We headed out towards Mackerel Cove and the incomparable Horsehead (Marbella).
|Clingstone was a busy place.|
|Bass Harbor's Morris Yachts|
The Coast Guard presence was impressive. For me, the most interesting part of the day was watching how they, along with the Environmental Police, controlled the water crowds with great authority and skill.
The constant din of helicopters hovering right above our heads combined with the sirens, whistles and megaphones of the Coast Guard gave one a bit of the sensation of being in Los Angeles.
|At times it seemed to capture the je ne sais quoi of a post-Apocalypse ragtag flotilla. It was amazing that we didn't see any boats hit, although we watched all on board rush to one side to push another boat away more than once.|
|We made a quick stop at The Museum of Yachting where we were able to pull off of their library shelves some works of our fellow passenger...|
|...Popped into IRYS....|
|...and then to see how things were progressing with Coronet.|
|...and I bought a new hat.|
|A dead body? No, it was just our captain, swimming in the refreshing 62 degree water.|