September 28, 2013

September 28, 2013  Day 129 
Newport, Rhode Island

What a difference a day makes!  We traveled for seven hours under a sunny sky and very calm seas! It was a beautiful, peaceful ride and there were very few lobster pots!  The Cape Cod Canal has a strong current so we left with it behind us and enjoyed the extra speed it provided us.  It eventually opens into Buzzards Bay which was still calm.  We started seeing more sailboats and more fishing boats today.  We even saw a few 12 meter class sailboats, formerly used for the America’s Cup races.  Now passengers can enjoy a two hour sail on these jewels. 

Traveling west on the Cape Cod Canal

Our mooring at Newport, RI  (water is actually calm -
a boat went by and caused this small wake)
We entered the Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay, then the Newport harbor itself.  It is quite an impressive sight and is literally filled with boats on moorings and in various marinas.  We called Old Port Marine earlier to  make a reservations, but they have a first come first serve policy.  We did not have a problem getting an assigned mooring ball (this is nearing the end of their boating season).  They have a “launch service” and come around on their boat to collect the fees. This boat also serves as their water taxi. Rather than take our dinghy to shore we used the convenience of their transportation.

We spent a few hours walking around the streets near the harbor.  These were jammed packed with people. There are a myriad of shops and restaurants of all kinds on small streets, divided streets, and cobblestone streets that embrace the waterfront.  There are also many tour boats that leave port regularly that attract tourists. 
A beautiful sunset!
Newport is a vibrant city and has much more to offer than we could do in one short afternoon. There are incredible mansions to tour, a beach, lighthouses, an historical area and much more.  We did have dinner at a restaurant near the water, and then we walked back to a cupcake shop we spotted earlier and brought dessert back to the boat.

We caught the water taxi back to the boat in time to see the sun setting over the harbor.  What a lovely day!

Tomorrow we will go to Mystic, CT and spend four days docked at the Mystic Seaport Museum.