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gansett posted 02-26-2003 10:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for gansett   Send Email to gansett  
Anyone interested in a Rhode Island Rendezvous? Lots of Whalers in the water. Mabye Galilee/Snug Harbor area so the big boys can take a side trip to Block. We'd be striking distance for eastern Connecticut folks.

Or Jamestown, Wickford, Quonsett to be more central and within reach of folks in Bristol and that side of the state.

What say ye?

waterwal posted 02-27-2003 12:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for waterwal  Send Email to waterwal     
I'm doing the Boston rendezvous in June, but I'm also starting graduate work at Brown for 2003/2004. I'll be moving to Providence around June 17. I don't know Rhode Island waters at all, but would certainly welcome this opportunity to learn them! Keep me posted.

How far is Block Island from the mainland?

David Pendleton posted 02-27-2003 01:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
If I remember correctly, BI is ~15 miles from Galilee, or about ~40 miles from Barrington...


goldstem posted 02-27-2003 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
We are also planning on Doing Boston, but
our boat is kept in Warwick. so a RI run would be fun too. Perhaps somewhere along Prudence Island?
waterwal posted 02-27-2003 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for waterwal  Send Email to waterwal     
If the chop isn't bad (I don't know how it is. I'm guessing it's not necessarily great there...) I'd be game for the treck to Block Island. Of course, I'm speaking in total ignorance here and this could be a total impossibility for a fleet of Whalers, especially if some are smaller than 15's.

I've been meaning to get adventurous and take my Montauk for an island hop from Woods Hole to the Vineyard to Nantucket. Something that would be, shall we say, not the smoothest ride, but it's something I want to do on a good day this summer. This could be a really nice primer, plus I've never been to Block Island.

Another thought- Looking at the map of Narragansett Bay, there are a bunch of islands. Are these a)clean and b)beachable?

controller posted 02-28-2003 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
I am in Old Lyme, CT and will be doing Boston and CT trip. I would like to do the RI one also. Just got my Garmin 188C chartplotter with the wide chip and want to put it to use:)

Let me know details.

Have you though about Watch Hill to Block?

doobee posted 03-02-2003 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
I'm just around the corner in Buzzard's Bay. Keep me posted.
controller posted 03-13-2003 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
Is this thread going to die?
waterwal posted 03-13-2003 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for waterwal  Send Email to waterwal     
nah. (Or at least I hope not) My guess is that many of the people who'd be doing this are also doing the Boston Rendezvous, which is early in the season. I'm guessing people will revive this come June when they meet in person.
gansett posted 03-14-2003 10:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for gansett  Send Email to gansett     
Block Island is 8 miles from Galilee, but I wouldn't count on a side trip to Block... it might be an option for those with bigger boats. Its not a particularly enjoyable ride for boats under 20'. Its surprisingly rough even on calm days because of the amount of boat traffic going both from shore to the island, and along shore. We usually have wind chop in the afternoon.

Plenty of easy fishing for those of you so inclined. Excellent fluke fishing between Galilee and Block all summer. Rock piles of the Galilee harbor of refuge give protection for small boats looking for fish. Stripers around first half of the summer and big schools of blues second half. False Albies school as well, but hard as dickens to catch.

Pt Judith Pond extends about two miles in from Galilee ending at Rt 1 with ramps and plenty of free parking.

I can't picture good parking opportunities for cars and trailers in Watch Hill, but I may be missing an option.

I don't know much of Narragansett Bay from the water, but there are a number of good places to put in and Wickford/Quonsett area, or Newport/Jamestown area might be more central to Mass. and Conn. neighbors. Anyone on the bay have better knowledge of a good location?

tlynch posted 03-15-2003 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for tlynch  Send Email to tlynch     
I don't know of any good ramps in Watch Hill either, and parking there is hard over the summer. You could launch at Barn Island (CT) which is right on Little Narragansett Bay and I am sure that there are a few places to launch on the Pawcatuck River as well, there is a Whaler Dealer there (Connor's and Obrien's). Sandy Point, the long thin little sand bar island in Little Narragansett Bay, is an excellent destination for small Whalers. It could be used as a meeting point for people who want to go to Block Island. On busy summer weekends there is a small fee for using Sandy Point.

This is all right on the CT/RI border.


andiamo posted 03-16-2003 10:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for andiamo  Send Email to andiamo     
In my view any Rhode Island meeting should be in Sakonnet Rhode Island in honour of the early 17 ft model.

I spend my summers as a child in Sakonnet/Little Compton and it is a great place. While I have not been in years there was (and I assume still is) a nice little yacht club, a safe harbour with morings, a ramp, a great country inn (the Stone House) and the Foc'sle Restuarant.

I don't think I will be able to get there but thought I would put out the suggestion for the most appropriate Whaler Rendezvous site. Should also do one in Montauk and Newport.

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