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Old 13-06-2012, 10:19   #1
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New Bedford to Newport or other July 4th Suggestions

Hello All,
Newbie here trying to get advice or tips on sailing from Fairhaven over to Newport...

Was thinking about making that trip for 4th of July...

About how long would it take and any tips...

Also was coonsidering Falmouth, Onset, Cuttyhunk, Red Brook for the 4th...We're be traveling with our friend and are in our late 20's early 30's so maybe a decent scene would be nice...Any advice as to where and why would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: New Bedford to Newport or other July 4th Suggestions

Hi Southcoasting;
My route to Newport is: Fairhaven to Cuttyhunk then an early start to Newport, RI. If too busy, I anchor across the bay in Jamestown. Enjoy your cruise.
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Re: New Bedford to Newport or other July 4th Suggestions

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Hello All,
Newbie here trying to get advice or tips on sailing from Fairhaven over to Newport...

Was thinking about making that trip for 4th of July...

About how long would it take and any tips...

Also was coonsidering Falmouth, Onset, Cuttyhunk, Red Brook for the 4th...We're be traveling with our friend and are in our late 20's early 30's so maybe a decent scene would be nice...Any advice as to where and why would be greatly appreciated!
What kind of "scene" floats your boat?
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What kind of "scene" floats your boat?
Well, were looking to explore and have some places to drink/eat at as well...maybe some people watching...That type of stuff...I know Newport def has that but not sure of any of the other places I mentioned...
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Re: New Bedford to Newport or other July 4th Suggestions

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Well, were looking to explore and have some places to drink/eat at as well...maybe some people watching...That type of stuff...I know Newport def has that but not sure of any of the other places I mentioned...
All those locations are pretty busy on July 4th so be prepared to get to your mooring/anchorage early. Cuttyhunk is pretty much "scene" free. Red Brook has a reasonable bar/restaurant at Kingman's, but not much else. Can't comment on Onset or Falmouth since I haven't been in for quite a while.

As you head for Newport, pay attention to the fish traps off the Sakonnet River and the south side of Aquidneck Island. The areas are well-marked on charts. A friend ruined a rudder and lost a summer by going over one.
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Re: New Bedford to Newport or other July 4th Suggestions

I agree with tartansail. You might want to consider going up to P-town if you really want to people-watch, or go to Block Island -- that's a real scene. Also, Jamestown has a few nice restaurants that have their own scene.

Another thing to mention is if you go to Cuttyhunk it will probably be too crowded to find a mooring inside, and don't even think of anchoring outside in the "bight" if there's a norther or T-storm in the forecast.

I would avoid any of those crowded places on a holiday week but then I'm an old married guy who likes it quiet.
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