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Yesterday was fabulous! We sailed to Newport, arriving in the early afternoon. Meeting with the sailmaker didn’t work out and we couldn’t get a hold of anyone to get a mooring so Lee got out the anchor. I’m happy to say our first time anchoring went smoothly and we stayed put all night.

We had dinner with Lee’s parents, brother, brothers kids, brothers girlfriend and her kids. It was a gorgeous evening in Newport: nice and calm and relatively warm.

This morning we awoke to a cooler, foggy harbor. We headed over to the public dock at Sail Newport and picked up the sailmaker there around 9:30. We did a little test sail across the bay and got the spreader chafe patches put on the main. Lee’s family was in the park when we got back to the dock and they gave us a good send-off complete with multiple pictures of everyone on the boat.

Lee and I were a little unsure about heading to Block Island at that point. We listened to the forecast, calling for 10-15 knot winds, gusting 20, and a small craft advisory for Rhode Island Sound. We motored out into the bay, thinking we’d give it a try, but when we got out there I decided those were not the conditions I wanted to tackle for our first passage. We went back and anchored in our spot from last night.

Now we’re successfully anchored and glad we didn’t sail to Block Island. The wind picked up even more later on. We’re hoping head out again on Tuesday since thunder storms are in the forecast for tomorrow. Meanwhile we can explore the Newport waterfront, such as this cafe whose internet we’re borrowing. It will be fun to bike around tomorrow and watch the action in the harbor.

I left my camera on the boat, so no pictures yet. I’ll try to get some up tomorrow.

Really, we did it. We took our home and brought it almost somewhere else. We are now unshowered transients transporting ourselves by sail, dinghy, bike, and foot. I can’t believe we’re actually doing this a year after envisioning it back in Denver!

Posted May 2, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started

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