2016-07-29—Block Island-Groton, CT

You are going to have to pay extra attention on this entry. Magnolia made a few stops over the last couple of weeks!

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After departing Block Island, RI we made the short trip up to Newport, RI. It might appear that we were lost but we had not taken on fresh water since Baltimore so that was a top priority. We eventually anchored off Fort Adams where we anchored 2 years ago when we were here.

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Newport is a really great place for us to visit, not just because my cousin lives there but the Bus system is terrific. Like any good cruiser, first stop in port, West Marine.

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Though Jonathon was busy at work, we spent a fun afternoon with AnneMarie and Debbie. I thought after visiting with Ted and Sally on Amici and eating every clam on Block Island I would be clammed out…I could not resist another bowl of RI Style!

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The challenge in Newport is always the anchorage. Its one of our longer dinghy ride anchorages and often rough because of all the traffic. We got lucky and were able to give AnneMarie and Deb a tour of Magnolia.

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While in Newport a cruising friend offered us their mooring in Pawtuxet, RI. Since we had never been up Narragansett Bay it was a real treat.

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Looking north towards Providence RI

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The trip also gave us the opportunity to celebrate Annette’s birthday in a different location!

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Our friends Al & Michele suggested we meet in Montauk NY. Another place we had never visited! It was a to day trip so we transited down the Narragansett Bay to James Island. Once again we had not taken on fuel since Baltimore so this was a convenient stop and also a great anchorage for the expected strong SW winds. Thats why we look confused on the track map.

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We anchored just above the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge. It turned out to be a much more scenic anchorage than we ever expected. I could fill the entire post with bridge pictures!

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Overnight winds blew through and we nice sail down to Montauk NY.

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First time we have been to NY in a couple of years.

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This is why we do this…getting to meet up with friends and family along the way..what real treat our life is!

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Kindred Spirit at anchor..it does not look like it but that day was windy as all get out and kept us all at “home.”

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Next stop, Stonington CT. This day we really made Kindred Spirit jealous…being former sailors themselves, Al & Michele watched us sail across Block Island Sound without burning a ounce of fuel.

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The big reason we went to Stonington was to meet up with our friends on Cutting Class, Dan and Marcia. We had a lovely evening aboard Kindred Spirit

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Magnolia made the short transit to Groton where Magnolia will hang on a mooring while we visit family in Ohio.

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First thing, chores. Annette had her hair done and I got after the laundry in the nicest laundromat on the east coast!

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We are moored right across from University Connecticut – Avery Point

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A really beautiful campus and enjoyable walk. You can see Magnolia in the background below.

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A great benefit of UCONN is their webcam (http://avptcam.uconn.edu/view/index.shtml) which lets us keep and eye on Magnolia!

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Now we are off on our long drive to Ohio and then towards Mine next week!

1 thought on “2016-07-29—Block Island-Groton, CT

  1. Looks like a wonderful summer! We’re sweating like crazy at home while the boat is up on the hard in Virgin Gorda. Do you think you’ll be heading down the ICW this fall? We plan on being home until early January, other than a trip down Nov. 3-19 to get the boat splashed. Current plan is to leave the BVI in Feb. and start the trek north, through the Spanish Virgins Puerto Rico (where we may have a whisker pole mounted), then maybe Dominican Republic, to Turks & Caicos, and then spend a couple of months exploring the Bahamas. I don’t want to get there before sometime in March – hoping to avoid all the weather they seem to get! Then we’ll cross to Miami and bounce leisurely up the coast to NC.

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