We were in Newport yesterday for the start of the Newport Bermuda race. We were the "official" spectator boat for Triple Lindy, and had on-board both family members and former Triple Lindy racers.
|We followed them out of Newport Harbor and into Narragansett Bay where there was intense sun and winds of about twenty knots.|
|Aruna and Nicola joined us. They are avid racers in Bermuda and were able to share back story and history on many of the 44 sailors from Bermuda who were taking part in the race.|
|The Intriguing Loon Point|
|The Coast Guard was seemingly everywhere, which is a good thing, and they swung by to say hi. (Of course, we all thought they were coming to board us!)|
|A. Rives Potts, Jr. of ‘Carina’ ** Update ** Carina Wins Second Straight Lighthouse Trophy|
|Rives Potts’ McCurdy and Rhodes 48-foot ‘Carina’|
|It was useful to have the scratch sheet handy. And, as an aside, sailing and preppy clothing are co-mingled. There is no better place to hone your eye and develop a distaste for hipster foppery, suburban frills, and cuckoo-esque cheap construction than here.|
|The United States Naval Academy's Defiance, a boat I have followed for years (see the picture from an early TDP entry here), was there.|
|It would have been easier taking pictures of a field of fireflies than of this event. The 360 degree immersion in beauty is unforgettable.|
Many considered this a dry run for the upcoming America's Cup pre-races. If so, I look forward to them even more.
** Monday update **
Spirit of Bermuda suspended racing last night to respond to a medical emergency aboard a fellow Newport Bermuda Race entry.