Sunday, April 26, 2009

Volvo Fleet Arrives in Boston

Here are some distant photos of the top three Volvo boats in leg 6 from Rio as they pass Gloucester, Mass on the way to the finish this afternoon in Boston. They passed so close to Gloucester because they had to circumnavigate the right whale exclusion zone en route to Boston.

Top is Ericsson 4, winner of the leg.

Ericsson 3 is shown passing Thacher Island; they finished in second place, but only twelve minutes behind Ericsson 4 after 15 days.

And bottom is Telefonica Blue -- they finished only 6 minutes after Ericsson 3.

Click here to visit the Volvo Ocean Race page -- or drive to Fan Pier in Boston to see them in person.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Early Cruiser

Sloop Raven is one of the first cruising boats to venture out of Wickford this spring. The Jamestown bridge, Fox Island and Plum Beach Lighthouse are in the background.

The Volvo Ocean race fleet is fast approaching Boston -- updates at

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Signs of Spring

Not much sailing on the bay yet, but high school teams are out in the chilly weather practicing and having matches. This team sails out of the Newport Yacht Club.

Friday, April 10, 2009

New Tall Ship for Rhode Island

Rhode Island's new sailing school vessel, the Oliver Hazard Perry, is in Newport waiting for work to start to rig her as a three-masted ship. The hull is 132 feet long and she'll have a sparred length of 207 feet.

To learn more about Tall Ships Rhode Island and to see how she'll look when completed, click here. You can also read about the objectives for this sail training ship.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Hobie Cats Ready to Go

Hobie Cats, kayaks and more for rent on the beautiful west coast of Barbados.