Today we sail northeast from Dering Harbor through Gardiners Bay and into Block Island Sound. Goodbye New York. Hello Rhode Island.
These are wide open, easily navigated waters with very little boating activity. By midday, we are abeam of Block Island. The prospect of an early afternoon anchorage in Great Salt Pond at Block Island is tempting, but we elect to continue on to Newport, a distance of 62 miles for the day.
Cutter Loose is currently bobbing on a City mooring between Goat Island and the wharf area of Newport. Newport is the Annapolis of New England. We are greeted by the Wednesday night sailboat races in Narragansett Bay. There are literally thousands of boats of every imaginable size and configuration in the inner harbor. Because Newport is such a popular boating destination, moorings for transients are a major industry here. The harbor is covered with moorings that are available for rent at $1 per foot per night. There are only a few places where anchoring is permitted in the harbor and setting one’s hook in these areas must be approved by the City’s Harbormaster. The Harbormaster will tow any anchored boat that remains unattended for more than a day…an effort to discourage sailors from planting their boat in Newport Harbor while pursuing other activities.
We are a short dinghy ride from City Dock at the Ann Street Wharf and we use this opportunity to re-explore the town and celebrate Pat’s birthday over dinner at Zelda’s on Thames Street. Overflow crowds at the bars are witnessing the Bruins of Boston defeat the Canucks of Vancouver to win the Stanley Cup.
It is well after dark by the time we return to Ann Street Wharf to board a damp and dewey dinghy for the return trip to Cutter Loose. A full moon assists us in navigating our way home in the darkness through the assortment of boats in the mooring field.
The weather will be unsettled late Thursday into Friday with the approach of another cold front, so we must plan our movement (or lack thereof) accordingly.