Overnight Cruising

A Mid May Cruise to Newport

I’ve always felt that any time you get to spend on the water before Memorial Day is a bonus – especially overnight cruising.

First off, there’s always a crunch at the boat yard as everyone wants to get their boat in the water at the same time (which is why I always target April 30).

And second, the weather is iffy, often cold, windy, or foggy as the air gets warm faster than the ocean.

Finally, you need to clear the calendar and be ready to roll as soon as you get a promising weather window.

Needless to say, we were delighted when everything fell into place for three days in Newport starting on May 15!

With the shakedown cruise behind me, I confidently powered Relentless’s twin 600 HP to a 79% load and punched in Newport on her autopilot…

We didn’t get Relentless for her speed, but it’s nice being able to cover the 44 mile run to Newport in less than 90 minutes. We also now reach Sakonnet Point in less than an hour…

As I mentioned in October, the Newport Yachting Center is my new favorite marina in Newport. It’s centrally located and the straight wharf floating docks really give you a lot of space…

I will tell you that this was the second time I’ve tried to book an off-season slip on their website (they aren’t on Dockwa) only to be declined because they were sold out. I knew this was not likely, so I called and told them. Sure enough, they were nearly empty!

If you ever try to book them, and the website says they’re sold out, pick up the phone and call!

A Sabre Welcome!

Craigg Schilderr runs a popular Facebook page for Back Cove and Sabre owners. Karyn Ward Enos (Sabre 48 Endless Summer) posted this…

And they did indeed visit us shortly after we docked…

Jeff and Karyn

It was very nice to just hang out and talk boats for a half hour or so. As we talked, a new Sabre 45 Sea Spirit docked behind us…

Sea Spirit

I chatted with her owner Bayard for a while and learned that he had just taken delivery at Demillos in Maine and was in the middle of slow cruise south to their home port at Hilton Head.

He told me he’s been rotating different guests in and out every ten days. Sounds like fun!

The Bar and Board Bistro

We have our favorite restaurants in Newport, but we decided to try some new ones this time. The first was the Bar and Board Bistro on Thames Street…

Bar and Board Bistro Newport

Great spot that features Custom Made Charcuterie and Cheese boards along with other great dishes…

You can read my full review here

eBikes Aboard!

We probably rented eBikes a dozen times last season. At $100/day that can add up to real money, so we took the plunge and bought a couple of Tern D8 Folding eBikes over the winter…

I foolishly thought we could store them in the laundry room on Relentless, but that was not to be. They are under 40 pounds once you remove the battery, but the passage to the staircase on the Sabre 48 is just too narrow.

It’s fine though. They both fit neatly under the spiral staircase on the back deck.

We did about 6 miles after lunch, but even in mid May the traffic downtown was crazy. Still, with a plan to hit Ocean Drive on Sunday morning, I’m glad we checked everything out while we were still on the dock.

Twilight on Newport Harbor

One thing that never gets old is watching the sun fade over Newport Harbor – especially from Relentless’s Fly Bridge…

Sunset – Newport Rhode Island

22 Bowens

Although we were trying new eateries for lunch, we went back an old reliable for dinner – 22 Bowens

Ocean Drive eBike Ride

Sunday morning arrived in full springtime glory…

Morning on Newport Harbot

Hoping to avoid the traffic jams that we hit Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Horne and I took off on our eBikes around 9:30.

I just found this great website for mapping or tracking courses for biking and running called Ride With GPS. I just used it to record and measure the ride we took…

Early Sunday morning was a breeze riding down Thames Street. These little eBikes easily run up to 20 mph which enabled us to keep up with car traffic on the one way street.

We headed out toward Ocean Drive and kept opting for “the roads less traveled.” The only traffic issue was a couple of Auto Clubs who apparently travel in packs in overpowered sports cars and make a lot of noise with unfiltered exhaust systems. Why would people do this? To each their own.

We ran down to Breton Point and then doubled back along Ocean Drive to Gooseberry Beach and past the Cliff Walk.

Of course I snapped a few photos along the way…

Lunch at The Reef

Continuing our efforts to sample some new restaurants in Newport, we chose The Reef for lunch on Sunday.

We had a great meal and you can read the whole review by clicking here.

We feasted on Calamari, Wings, and Mac & Cheese…

We had decided to sit inside because it was getting cool and windy outside. Just before we finished eating, a squall hit Newport Harbor and everyone in the restaurant hustled to close the sliding wall of floor-to-ceiling windows…

Since we were a good ten minute walk from Relentless, we took our beers and sought refuge in the bar where we snapped selfies and waited for the squall to pass…

Movie Time!

One of Mrs. Horne’s favorite pastimes is watching movies. We bit the bullet and installed a KVH-7 on Relentless along with a DirectTV DVR. I always have a small collection of action movies in the library and Sunday we watched Tom Cruise’s classic Jack Reacher

After the movie we retreated to the Fly Bridge and watched all the rusty springtime boaters leaving Newport with their bumpers still hanging over the side…

It was a wild weather day in Newport, but at 4:00 the wind have flipped to the northwest and it was perfect for hanging out

Unfortunately, about twenty minutes later it switched back to the southwest and picked up speed. We retreated below to get ready for dinner.

Dinner at The Moorings

No visit to Newport would complete without a meal at the #1 rated restaurant on Yelp – The Moorings.

They sat us on the main floor on the north side of the building in a small dining room I’d never eaten in before…

Monday Departure

We left around 9:30 Monday morning and Sea Spirit was leaving at the same time. I told Captain Bayard that I’d shoot some photos of her leaving harbor. I think we should all do this for fellow boaters since it’s really the only way to get a photo of our babies on the water…

We had planned to go to Oak Bluffs on Saturday, but the forecasts diverged so we canceled and visited old friends instead. Of course no sooner did we lock in other plans did the weather brighten up.

Buzzards Bay Sunday Morning

Oh well, there’s more to life than boating…

On Thursday we shove off for a ten day tour north to Boothbay Harbor in Maine with lots of stops along the way. I’m thinking about doing a daily diary, but we’ll see…

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  1. Great start to summer cruising and dining. Glad to read positive reviews about Reef and Bar and Board as I am a local (in the summer) and haven’t tried them. Looking forward to reading about your upcoming cruise to Maine. You will be there before the season really starts — Maine can be pretty chilly in June.

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