Photo courtesy Puma Ocean Racing

Newport’s Kirby Joins PUMA Racing Team

3/11/2011 - Oh, to have been given such a chance when we were twenty-one years old. Rome Kirby, of Newport, has been added as the final crewmember, along with New Zealander Kelvin Harrap, for PUMA’s entry in the 39,000-mile Volvo Ocean Race. Kirby’s father, Jerry, has competed in six America’s Cup regattas… SEE MORE

Nautical Newport Bookstore to Close After 32 Years

3/6/2011 - Sure, we know that Borders is bankrupt and closing 200 bookstores. But of perhaps even more significance to Rhode Island boaters is the recent announcement that Armchair Sailor Books & Charts, an institution for waterborne bibliophiles on Thames Street in Newport, is shutting its doors next month after 32 years… SEE MORE
Coronet during the early stages of the project.  Photo courtesy IRYS

Coronet Takes Shape at IYRS

3/1/2011 - Certainly Newport is the place to be if you’re a New England sailor interested in seeing the latest high-tech racing yachts, but these days one of the most ambitious historic restoration projects in recent history is taking shape right on the waterfront. When she was built in 1885 for American… SEE MORE

Forgotten Herreshoff Design To Be Built

2/18/2011 - A long-lost variation of Nathanael Greene Herreshoff’s popular 12½ is being built through a collaboration between a Bristol, Rhode Island, boatbuilder and “Captain Nat’s” grandson, Halsey Herreshoff. The H-20 features a 17’4” waterline versus the 12½’s 12’6” waterline and an overall length of 19’10”. It will be cold-molded and sheathed… SEE MORE
Photo: J-Class Association

J-Class Events Return to Newport

1/28/2011 - This June will see three J-Class yachts racing against each other on the waters of Narragansett Bay for the first time in nearly three-quarters of a century. At a meeting held January 27 at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, representatives of the J Class Association, Sail Newport, and Governor… SEE MORE
A submerged cannon that a team of divers say is one of the remains of the U.S.S. Revenge

1811 Shipwreck Discovered Off RI Coast

1/8/2011 - (Michelle R. Smith / Associated Press) A team of divers say they've discovered the remains of the USS Revenge, a ship commanded by U.S. Navy hero Oliver Hazard Perry and wrecked off Rhode Island in 1811. Perry is known for defeating the British in the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie… SEE MORE
Conimicut Light, Warwick, RI. Photo by Mike McElroy

Conimicut Lighthouse

1/2/2011 - Location: Conimicut Shoal, entrance to Providence River, Narragansett Bay Nearest towns: Warwick and Barrington, Rhode Island The lighthouse is not open to the public. It can be seen from Conimicut Point Park in Warwick and from the area near Nayatt Point in Barrington, but is best seen by boat. »… SEE MORE