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From the Harbor Master
If you arrived by water, you know
how easily accessible we are to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island
Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Few harbors can lay claim to our
deep, protected and user-friendly natural channels and waterways.
If you didnít arrive by boat, I
encourage you to take advantage of the many tour and charter
boats available throughout the harbor. After all, you should
experience firsthand why Newport is so famous.
If yachting history interests you,
then youíve come to the right place. Newport has become the
mecca for yacht restoration. Just take a stroll down to the
International Yacht Restoration School on Thames Street. There you
will find a dozen boats in various states of restoration. Or you
could take a drive out to Fort Adams to visit the Museum of
Yachting. There you will also find boats on display that are being
worked on, as well as the Americaís Cup Gallery and the
Single-Handed Hall of Fame.
Many people assume that the
mansions of Bellevue Avenue were built as summer cottages because
of Newportís social scene. But in fact, it was air-conditioning,
or the lack thereof, that brought these "cottage
dwellers" here to enjoy the spa-like effect of the southwest
wind, otherwise known as the "billion dollar breeze? íThis
local phenomenon is also responsible for our internationally
acclaimed yachting events.
The harbor is now going through a
renaissance, which should aid the transient boater in many ways. The Newport Shipyard has been sold
to a group that wants to promote and provide services to the
yachting community. A new free dinghy dock (with trash facilities)
is in place at King Park with two additional ones proposed in the
downtown area. Pump-out facilities are available at most fuel
docks; a pump-out facility on the free-water dock (at the mooring
near Bannisters Wharf) will soon be operational.
The New York Yacht Club "Young
America" team is in New Zealand preparing to bring the
Americaís Cup back home. But in the meantime, Newport hosts more
regattas and on-water special events than any other city in the
world. All moorings in Newport Harbor are on a first-come,
first-served basis and can be obtained on VHF channels 09 and 68.
Harbormaster can be hailed on channel 16 for anchoring information.
Enjoy your stay in Newport, and if
you are travelling to the east, beware of the fish traps off
Sakonnet Point; they are hard to see and can foul your prop.
Donít attempt to transit at night, and keep well to the south
when sailing by the Point.
Jake Farrell, Newport Harbor Master