Message from the Harbormaster

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Waypoint:   “Waypoints typically mark either points along a planned route, or locations of interest”
                                                                                                         - The American Practical Navigator/Bowditch

                                                           Harbormaster Waypoint 2/2019

Fellow Boaters:  Well, we were waiting for summer to arrive, and it came on with a vengeance over the July 19-22 weekend! It was brutally hot and humid, but also cause for those fortunate enough to be boaters to really enjoy some time on the water.  Despite the high level of boat traffic around the island, it was thankfully safe and trouble free.

By now, your mooring should be commissioned (the deadline was July 1st), and you are on your way to using your mooring or outhaul for a minimum of 20 days this season to avoid forfeiture.  If for some reason you feel you will not be able to achieve the 20 day minimum, please let the Harbor Office know. 

The Jamestown Blessing of the Fleet, Jamestown Fireworks, and the Fourth of July Celebrations are all behind us without incident. Here’s what’s coming up that will have some impact on water traffic:

               Save the Bay Swim……………..Saturday, July 27 @ 0855

               Newport Folk Festival………..Friday - Sunday July 26-28

               Newport Jazz Festival………..Friday – Sunday August 2-4

               Swim Jamestown………………Monday, August 5

               Fools Rules Regatta…………..Saturday, August 10th

 A word of caution: because of the timing of tide/currents, the Save the Bay Swim is starting a couple hours later than normal, and also coincides with the Newport Folk Festival. Please be aware that transits of the bay near the bridge will be controlled for the safety of the swimmers. Please plan accordingly.

For awareness, the Swim Jamestown event is new, and you may have read about it in the Jamestown Press. Although it does not involve a large contingent of boats, it will be a moving safety zone that involves a 23 mile swim around Conanicut Island, and will take several hours. If encountered, please give the swimmer a wide berth and no wake.

Reminder: I have a new phone number:      Harbormaster – Mark Campbell:  423-4340

               If you need to contact me on the water, I always monitor channel 16 VHF.  I can also be contacted through the dispatch officer at the Police Station; or by phone: Office 401-423-4340 and Cell 401-265-3990.

Smooth sailing - See you on the water!


Mark J. Campbell