|Happy Birthday with an Almond Joy Martini!|
|Downtown Mystic decorated for Flag Day|
|An amphibious vehicle!|
|So shiny you can see yourself!!|
|Front grill on the car above|
|An Auburn boat-tail speedster|
|Oldest American 4 cylinder car still running!|
We were excited to get back to Mystic since we had received a call from friends we had traveled with on the Great Loop, Jill and Glen Moore on Last Dance. They are from St. Augustine, FL and were currently docked in Mystic for a short visit! We visited with them at their boat and decided to travel with them for a few days as they made their way to Maine!
So on Monday, we were up bright and early and underway at 7 am. Well, early for us, since we usually don't get up until almost 9!!
|Heading down the Mystic River|
We followed them for awhile (as we had done for approximately 1,000 miles on the Loop)
|Last Dance and Erika Lin|
|Cuttyhunk Harbor from a viewing platform|
|Sunsetting on Last Dance in Cuttyhunk|
On Tuesday, we left Cuttyhunk
|Can you see Erika Lin in this picture? How very tiny!!|
|Surrounded by diamonds! (Thanks Glen for these two great pictures)|
and moved on to Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and again picked up moorings. It is one of the island's principal points of arrival for summer tourists, and is noted for its "gingerbread cottages" and other well-preserved late-nineteenth-century buildings.
|Joe, Lynda, Jill, Glen, Bob and Pat|
|Friday morning sunrise|
Friday morning we bade a fond farewell to Glen and Jill and headed Erika Lin in the direction of Bristol, RI.
|Safe travels Glen and Jill!|
Our trip Friday was not one of Lynda's most favorite. The winds were from the Southwest, no unusual as this is the predominant wind direction. However, the waves were on our nose, 2-4 feet, very steep and extremely close together. This made for a very rocky and extremely uncomfortable ride. Once we got to the Sakonnet River, just east of Newport, we headed up the river and the ride was much smoother as the waves were now on our port quarter.
Along the way, we saw this very strange boat. After some research we learned the following:
MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, known under the project name PlanetSolar, is the largest solar- powered boat in the world. The vessel was designed by LOMOcean Design, built by Knierim Yachtbau in Kiel, Germany, and launched on March 31, 2010. In May 2012, it became the first ever solar electric vehicle to circumnavigate the globe.
When we reached our destination, we went ashore and visited the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Rhode Island's oldest boat, SPRITE, (claimed to be the oldest existing private yacht in the US), and RELIANCE, the largest America's Cup boat ever built, were Herreshoff designs. The first United States Navy torpedo boats, the finest light weight steam machinery, pioneering fin-keel spade-rudder boats in the 1890s, innovations in boat/yacht fittings, mammoth schooner yachts and the principal one design racers of the New York Yacht Club were designed and built by the Herreshoffs. Their most legendary accomplishment was the construction of eight consecutive successful defenders of the America's Cup from 1893 to 1934.
Besides the yachts and models, the Museum has catalogued and displayed hundreds of artifacts and memorabilia significant to the Herreshoff legacy. This impressive collection includes ENTERPRISE's bronze stemhead, RESOLUTE's capstan, a quadruple displacement five cylinder steam engine from J.P. Morgan's yacht NAVETTE. Photographs, correspondence, silver and china, tools and even Captain Nat's notes and spectacles are on display.
|A reproduction of Captain Nat's model room as it appeared in his home, "Love Rocks" in Bristol, RI|
Today, Saturday, we traveled across Narragansett Bay and stopped at Brewers Wickford Cove Marina. Before we did anything, we needed to wash the salt off the boat. When we were done, I think the boat was 10 pounds lighter! Bob and I walked into town, had a light lunch and headed back to the boat where we sat and relaxed on the back of the boat, each reading a good book. Tomorrow we will head home to Brewers Yacht Yard in Mystic, CT. Remember, if you are going to be in the area, we would love to have you stop by and say hello. We are in slip B21.