There was much to see in the waters of Newport today. We first headed out to watch some of the NYYC Invitational Cup where "twenty teams from thirteen countries and five continents" were racing Swan 42s.
See also Newport to Bermuda, 2012 and 2012 America’s Cup World Series, Newport, Rhode Island.
|We exchanged greetings and compared itineraries with Bob the shipwright.|
|This boat as I have mentioned before, is one of my favorites, and was originally a spectator boat for the 1958 America's Cup,|
We went to the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.
We were issued our spectator instructions/information sheet, and pink ribbon by the Course Marshal boat. We tied the ribbon, read the instructions, kept our distance and didn't block the wind.
In many ways, these events have the feel of hunts in Connecticut's Fairfield Country from decades ago and the many equestrian events of my youth. For the participants, the rules are incredibly rigorous and enforced with absolute precision. But for the spectators, there is a wonderful laissez-faire. There are no tickets, and no facilities. Interested people just show up, position themselves wherever they want (as long as it is not in the restricted area), and enjoy it for as long as they want. The event is possible because of large open spaces (many of the land equivalent spaces have since been developed). And there is none of the foppery that has strangled such land events as polo.
We positioned ourselves at the windward mark. This is by far the most exciting spot for watching the event. (What follows are far too many pictures!)
Then we headed back towards Newport Harbor.
We wanted to get a closer look at the Queen Mary 2 feeling fortunate to catch her on her one day a year in Newport.
|We kept our distance here as well, 100 yards as we were instructed.|
|Launches were returning passengers to the ship.|
"You wonder: Is traveling on the QM2 really an upper-class thing to do, or is it a middle-class notion of an upper thing to do? You begin to suspect it’s the latter. You are far more likely to meet a salesman from Des Moines aboard the QM2 than a barrister, novelist, fashion designer or duke. Cunard pushes 'luxury' as much as luxury."
- Dwight Garner, Seven Days on the Queen Mary 2, New York Times, http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/travel/seven-days-on-the-queen-mary-2.html
|Queen Mary 2 Launch|
|A Full Week at Harbour Court|
And the Newport International Boat Show was about ready to begin and will be running from Thursday to Sunday. We were unable to go ashore and see our friends Greg and Rick at the Lotuff booth in Tent A who will be there for its entirety.
|A Much Appreciated Handmade Gift|
We went ashore in Jamestown...
|Others were also enjoying the view.|
...and enjoyed some Gifford's ice cream,.