Report from the Field: Newport, RI
June 19, 2014
The weather couldn’t have been better for our first day of shooting the Newport episode of New England Boating TV!
We arrived in the famous port around 10:00 a.m. and stopped by the Newport Maritime Center on Saint Anne’s Pier to chat with harbormaster Tim Mills about this great public facility, where boaters can tie up for a reasonable hourly fee or leave their dinghies while they restock on ice, check their emails or shower. The Center also has laundry, a wide-screen TV, a lending library and lifejacket loner program. It’s also steps from Thames Street’s many shops and restaurants.
After that we were off to the Newport Shipyard, where things were hopping, We interviewed owner Charlie Dana, who told us about the marina’s amenities for visiting boaters and a bit of its history. The shipyard is home to Belle’s Cafe, a wonderful place to dock and dine for breakfast or lunch. After a tasty meal, we were able to shoot the Alvimedica—the high-tech Volvo Ocean Race sailboat capable of 50 mph—leaving the dock for a media cruise.
Next up was a visit with IYRS’s Terry Nathan, who told us about all the incredible boat-restoration work and marine-trades training that’s being done at the school. If you love wooden boats and boatbuilding, you owe yourself a visit to this Thames Street institution. I can still smell the odor of freshly sanded pine and cedar.
By now it was late afternoon and time for our rendezvous with Hinckley Yachts’ Roe O’Brien and Ted Gersen, who had a Talaria 44 waiting for us at the 41N dock. We hopped aboard and were treated t o a personal tour of the inner harbor, with Ted and Roe describing all of the local sights. There was plenty of boating eye-candy on display too, including many amazing wooden sailboats and gleaming mega-yachts.
At 7:00, Roe and Ted dropped us off at the Castle Hill Inn docks, where we found ourselves in the midst of the inn’s summer-kickoff lawn party. We also just caught the sunset behind Jamestown. An amazing end to an equally amazing day! Stay tuned for a report on Day Two of our Newport shoot.