Report from the Field: Newport, Day 2 & 3

Parker goes for a sail
Parker goes for a sail with Scott from SailNewport. Photos/New England Boating.

The New England Boating TV crew wrapped up our Newport episode shoot on Thursday and Friday, June 27 & 28.

The Elsons arrive with the Pursuit S 310.
The Elsons arrive with the Pursuit C 310.

On Thursday, videographer and Jimmy Baggott shot a segment at Fort Adams with Rick Nagele, the congenial director of the Fort Adams Trust. Nagele showed us around the historic fort and told us a lot about its history and construction. Along the way we got to see parts of the fort not open to visitors, such as the “hidden” bowling alley that was discovered a few years ago. We also learned that the fort is visited by many animals after dark, including coyotes and some rather large raccoons. Yikes.

The fluke crew-Parker, Al Elson, Christine Elson, Dave Monti and Tom.
The fluke crew: Parker, Al Elson, Christine Elson, Dave Monti and Tom.

Friday’s great weather facilitated another busy day. Parker and Gene used the morning to gather footage of the famous mansions along the Cliff Walk and some downtown B-roll. Around noon I arrived with videographer David Sloan, and the entire crew convened at the SailNewport facility for my interview with Executive Director Brad Read. Read explained SailNewport’s mission of getting people of all ages on the water and the organization’s involvement with the Volvo Ocean Race. It’s quite an operation.

Gene circles in the chopper
Gene circles in the chopper.

At 3:00, Al Elson of Striper Marina in Barrington arrived with his daughter Christine in a brand-new Pursuit C 310 Center Console for our fishing segment. Leading the way was Narragansett Bay fluke guru Capt. Dave Monti, who helped us catch a doormat for last season’s Wickford show. Well, Monti’s magic prevailed again as we caught 5 keeper fluke up to 21” in a little less than an hour—all beneath the Newport Bridge!

Next it was time for Gene Allen to climb in the red helicopter so familiar with Newport residents and shoot the Pursuit from the air. Elson ran the C 310 along the shore in front of Castle Hill as the chopper flew alongside, much to the amazement of passing boaters and people on the lawn of Castle Hill Inn. According to Gene, the footage is amazing!

You can see for yourselves when the show airs in the fall. Stay tuned to New England Boating for exact dates and times.

Al and Christine Elson give Parker a hand with her fluke.
Al and Christine Elson give Parker a hand with her fluke.
Parker gets a grip on the fluke
Parker gets a grip on the fluke.
Co-host Tom Richardson and Brad Read
Co-host Tom Richardson and Brad Read.
Gene Allen shoots the Pursuit S 310 from the heli
Gene Allen shoots the Pursuit C 310 from the heli.