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New destinations for week out of Barrington, Narragansett Bay, RI?

Hello Sailnet Friends,

My wife and I will be taking a Jeanneau 42DS with a 5ft6 keel for a week out of Barrington, RI in Narragansett Bay in mid-August 2012, and we'd love some suggested itineraries that might take us to some new spots. (I do have the Childress cruising guide to this area and am starting to go through it).

We have some familiarity with the area. For example, we've been in the Bay several times for day sails on a friend's Hunter 37, and have taken that vessell to Block Is. 3-4 times, as well as Cuttyhunk and Newport. One favorite spot which will give you a sense of what we like is in South Dartmouth, known to locals as Padanarum.

Clearlly, Martha's Vinyard and Nantucket are obvious destinations, and I wouldn't mind hitting Vinyard Haven on the former, and have some concerns about the best way to get to the latter.

We're looking for a VERY relaxed week of EASY sailing, pre-arranged moorings (anchoring is fine as well), to destinations in Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, the Vineyard and perhaps even Nantucket if folks think it's truly worth the effort. We know to be flexible in our planning, having taken a great Penobscot Bay cruise last summer with great results.

Also, any referral to the best paper chart #'s for these areas would be appreciated....the wife wants to practice her advanced nav skills.

So....what say you, Northeast cruisers? Here's a couple rought ideas, please let me know your thoughts.

Sat: Overnight on boat in Barrington, RI.
Sun: 8am departure to Cuttyhunk. (alternative: Padanarum)
Mon: Cuttyhunk to Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard
Tues: 2nd night in Vineyard Haven, or extra weather day
Weds: Vineyard Haven to Nantucket.
Thurs: 2nd night at Nantucket, or extra weather day
Fri: Nantucket to....Newport?
Sat: Newport to Barrington, RI

I would be happy to skip Nantucket, and return to Narragansett Bay to explore the nooks and crannies within. For example, we've never been to Wickford's Harbor, and I invite those with recommendations of other ports in the Bay to let us know what's really worth seeing. For this trip we'll put a premium on chiillout time, enjoy fine dining ashore in the evenings, etc. So the last few days might also look like this:

Weds: Vineyard Haven to Newport.
Thurs: Newport to Wickford's Harbor
Fri: Wickford's Harbor to other Narragansett Bay harbor destination (suggestions?)
Sat: Return to Barrington, RI

Thank you all in advance.

With best wishes,

MarkTun

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Re: New destinations for week out of Barrington, Narragansett Bay, RI?

I will need more time to organize my thoughts. For now, I will just data dump. You've already listed the basics.

Lets start out East. On the Vineyard, I prefer Edgartown. Moorings can be reserved online and the current is not as bad as some say. But, be aware. It is also much closer to Nantucket for jumping off. We love ACK (Nantucket). I think in some way, it is because it's the hardest to get to. However, you can literally walk to whole town from the harbor.

Across from Vineyard Haven is Tarpaulin Cove on Naushon Island. Peaceful and gorgeous. Anchor only and no beach landing, other than up to the high water mark. Great to tuck in during prevaling Southwesterlies up to anything through North or north east. Once wind is from the south or southeast, it's no fun.

Back to the Bay. Jamestown Island is worth a stop. Connanicut Marina has moorings and a ferry over the Newport, directly across East Passage. It also stops at Rose Island, of you want to get off and explore. The marina is adjacent to the only town with some great joints. everyone loves Simpaticos. Chopmist Charlies is a bit saltier, but good for a beer and fried food. There is a new place that just opened, named Fishes, which we haven't tried yet. Spinackers is an ice cream place at the top of the dock. They have a Guiness ice cream, which is even better than it sounds.

On the west side of Jamestown Island is Dutch Harbor. Good holding and a typical stop over either entering or leaving the Bay. We often drop anchor there after returning from a longer passage home, just to relax. You can walk across the island to the town mentioned above. It's also a slightly easier walk down to Beavertail, which is a nice park by the lighthouse with beautiful views. Still, it's a bit of a hike.

Wickford Harbor is very cute. Not as much to do, but a nice New England town to walk. The New England Art Festival is there during July. Either look out for it or avoid it, depending on your taste. Mooring are way outside in the outer harbor. Transients slips can be had on the inner harbor, nearer town.

Bristol is a must. The Herreshoff museum is great and provides moorings and slips, although they are somewhat exposed. I think you can get a transient mooring atbthe Bristol Ycht Club, its just a long way to town. Best July 4th in the USA. Great little town. I will come back and post more on it.

Also think about Greenwich Bay. Anchor off the Goddard State Park and dinghy in or reserve a slip inside. The anchorage at the park is good, but can get busy.

Providence may be worth a visit. Not much for us.

Potters Cove on the Northeast corner of Prudence Island is a great spot. The Inner Harbor is all private moorings. Do not tried to squat on one. They all know each other. The outer harbor (cove) is well protected from prevailings and so large that a hundred boats could be out there and you would feel plenty far from swinging into your neighbor.

More to come. Have to go for now.
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Re: New destinations for week out of Barrington, Narragansett Bay, RI?

Having re-read your thoughts, I would warn against Nantucket to Newport in one day. It's certainly doable, but will take most of the day and not qualify as the easy sailing you are looking for. Stop off at Cuttyhunk like everyone else or at Tarpaulin Cove. Have you had the guy that takes your mooring fee at Cuttyhunk bring you steamed lobsters for dinner? I know the guy that services the northern outer harbor mooring field will if you ask.
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Re: New destinations for week out of Barrington, Narragansett Bay, RI?

Kettle Cove on BB side of Naushon is a gorgeous beach and swimming -possible overnight anchorage (you can only use beach) depending on wind and how about Mnemsha? Great food and different Vineyard scene. Woods Hole Harbor. See you out there.
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Re: New destinations for week out of Barrington, Narragansett Bay, RI?

One of my favorite places is just a bit west of you, Watch Hill, RI. A long and narrow channel yes but what a wonderful place to visit and explore. You anchor in good holding ground behind Napatree Point, which is over a mile of sandy spit with ocean beach on the outside, a very short walk from the anchorage side. There is a small, quaint, touristy town with restaurants, shopping, great ice cream place all easy walk from the anchorage or you can dink in. There is also a yacht club afloat in the harbor.

If you want a relaxed place to spend a day at the beach and just walking around it's hard to beat.

Other interesting harbors in the neighborhood are Mystic, CT, Stonington, CT and Fisher's Island, NY.
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Re: New destinations for week out of Barrington, Narragansett Bay, RI?

Much worth saying about this subject has already been said, for example:
Long Island Sound to Chatham, MA
4 days to sail: Nantucket or M's Vineyard?
Martha's vineyard
Long Island Sound to Chatham, MA

As a local to this area, if I had your opportunity I would visit Cuttyhunk-Vineyard Haven-Nantucket-Hadley Harbor. See Edgartown and the rest of MV by bus from VH.

Absolutely plan daily departure times based on currents, adjusted for weather. Wrong current, twice as long. Also remember southwest is prevailing, going home is likely to be a beat.
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Re: New destinations for week out of Barrington, Narragansett Bay, RI?

Just a quick belated thank you to all who offered their advice. Last August we hit the water and indeed went from Barrington's Cove Haven Marina to Third Beach in Newport, then to Hadley Harbor, next day to Edgartown (2 nights), then back to Cuttyhunk, then Jamestown, and back to Barrington.

During the Hadley to Edgartown leg, with some good Eldridge planning on the part of my wife and nice conditions, we were flying at 8-9 knts and way ahead of schedule, so anchored for 3-4 sunny hours off the coast of Joseph Sylvia State beach, a lovely 2 mi long stretch. OK to anchor there, but has to be 300 yrds from shore and we had the place to ourselves.

In Edgartown, we took a fantastic, open jeep tour of Cape Pogue on Chappiquidick offered by conservation group the Trustees of reservations. A 3-4 hr tour that pointed out local history, flora and birdage, stopped at a lighthouse, etc...it was a real high point for us.

Jamestown brought a relaxed final night at Café Simpatico...delicious!

Thanks again to all for your suggestions. Once we crossed Nantucket off the schedule, everything got far more relaxed.

Best wishes,

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