Monday, June 27th – lay day in Bristol, RI

Main Street in Bristol, RI

This morning we travel 4 miles from Potter Cove and set the hook in the harbor at Bristol, RI.  The historic town of Bristol has been a center of boatbuilding for centuries.  Bristol promotes itself as having the oldest continuously celebrated Independence Day festivities in the U.S. (since 1777).  The centerline of Main Street is painted with a red, white and blue stripe.

Our first order of business is a visit to the Herreshoff Marine Museum.  Nathaniel Herreshoff and his brother John designed and built over 2000 vessels between 1878 and 1945, both power and sail.  In sailing circles, the Herreshoff boatyard is best known for designing and building five successful America’s Cup designs between 1893 and 1920.  This small museum houses many restored Herreshoff-designed yachts.  These classic yachts with their graceful sheer and huge overhangs at the stern can still be seen sailing in Narragansett Bay and Buzzards Bay.

One of the many Herreshoff-designed sailing vessels on display at the museum

The salon of a classic Herreshoff-designed sailing yacht

 

After lunch, we bicycle the East Bay Bike Trail from Bristol to East Providence and back, a round trip distance of 32 flat miles.  We pass on the opportunity to cycle across the bridge from East Providence to Providence, opting instead to return to Bristol to attend the Monday night outdoor concert in the waterfront park.  Tonight’s venue is the Superchief Trio.  With five members, the band bills itself as the largest trio in Rhode Island.  

Monday night concert in the park in Bristol, RI

We leave the concert just in time to load the bikes in the dinghy and make our way back to Cutter Loose as the sun is disappearing over the horizon.  It has been a complete day.

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