Anchors Aweigh ~ My Seagoing Adventure

My dad and I have birthdays close together, his in late September, and mine in early October. This year we decided to take each other (and my Mom) on a sail around Newport Harbor.

We chose Cruise Newport's schooner Madeleine. They sail out of Bowen's Wharf.

Madeleine is 72 feet long, has a wood hull, two masts, 2,000 feet of sail area, and seats 49.  Also? Topless figurehead.

Although it was overcast, the weather cooperated while we were underway. The cruise took us around Newport Harbor, while the knowledgeable crew pointed out views you can only get from the water.

We passed any number of boats, including some World Cup competitors, and this wood hulled beauty.

We also saw Hammersmith Farm, where Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis summered as a child, Castle Hill Inn, Fort Adams, Pell Bridge, and lots of other architectural, landscape, and historical places, all in an over-too-soon 90 minutes.

It was a great trip, and would be even better on a clearer day (with a better camera than the one in my phone). My parents are still talking about how much they enjoyed it.

Camera, hat, sunscreen/glasses, and binoculars recommended.


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