On our return to Rhode Island we went up the other side of the bay to Wickford. Tight little port and we squeezed in alongside a yacht.
Wickford is a lovely little town, great supermarket, nice place to eat, walks, a good seafood shop.
Kapowai, when bought, was registered in Falmouth. The shipyard there knew her well so we popped over there for them to have a look at some of the problems. They managed to get the anchor home while were there after doing a temporary repair.
They also measured up for some of the modifications we need to enable us to use shore power in the UK & NZ. But we would need to go back so we left and returned to Rhode Island.
Newport used to be the port the America’s Cup yacht racing was based in. We stayed at Bannister’s wharf also well known for the Cup.
Two minute walk to the main street and an easy bus ride to a large shopping centre. Nice eating places and some great beers.
Kapowai with her anchor hanging, we couldn’t get the last bit.
With the anchor up we went up to Block Island. This is a resort island where we relaxed for a few days, very nice. The population year round is about 1000, in summer it jumps to 25,000.
We entered in a thick fog, the harbour was full of moored and anchored yachts so it was an adventurous arrival.
The marina, Payne’s, was an easy walk to downtown and a good supermarket. There’s an excellent restaurant on the wharf and several more within easy walking distance. The marina opened their bar for the season on the Friday we left but we all had a dress rehearsal on the Thursday night. Great night and ended up back on Kapowai with some professional tug hands having a look – at 2 am.
From Block Is it is an easy hop to Newport.
We cruised up Long Sound to an anchorage off New Haven CT called Morris Cove. We spent a quiet couple of days at anchor. On the Saturday morning started lifting the anchor when the windlass broke down. We tried recovering it by hand, got the chain in but couldn’t get the anchor off the bottom.
Put the chain back out and spent the rest of the weekend pulling the top part of the windlass apart, cleaning, greasing and re-assembling. On Monday morning it proved no better.
Spent the day ringing round the hydraulics and windlass people but with no luck. Rang a local engineering firm and they brought out a length of pipe. We used the pipe on the clutch bar of the windlass and hand wound the anchor up.
Both of us were goofed, but the anchor was up and we set off.
We departed New York via Battery Point, East River and into Long Island Sound. Under Brooklyn Bridge, past the United Nations and through the tidal swirls of Hell’s Gate. Went through with the tide so did over 13 kts at times.
However just as we were letting go Lois decided to go swimming, strange thing to do in a marina but I like spontaneity. Fully clothed and wearing her headset (which still works), which will give you some idea of how sudden this decision was. No other member of the family has gone swimming in New York Harbour so a round of applause is due.
Stopped everything for awhile and helped her re-join the cruise.
As I hand steered all the way through and the photographer was down getting showered and changed we don’t have a single photo.
On our first day, in a light drizzle, we visited the 9/11 memorial. It was very quiet and sombre.
The two towers are now deep water falls, round the edges of each is engraved the names of all the victims on that day.
And dominating the whole scene is the ‘Freedom Tower’
Seeing all those names engraved round the waterfalls was a stark reminder of the huge impact the day had on so many people.