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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 1/2019

Fellow Boaters:  Happy Spring!?  Last year I remember commenting on the unusually wet and chilly April weather – but this year was off the charts! It seems to me the entire boating community (myself included), are 2-3 weeks behind where we were last year at this time. 

Memorial Day weekend 2019, kicking off the unofficial summer season, began with a lot of excitement with a boat fire in East Ferry. Luckily, nobody was on the boat or aboard the surrounding boats so there were no injuries. The vessel however was a total loss. Hopefully we can put that type of excitement behind us for the rest of the season.  The cause of the fire is unknown, but what we do know is that the new fireboat in Newport has some awesome fire-fighting capability – within five minutes or so the water cannon doused the flames and the fire was quickly extinguished.  Although I hope to never call on them, it’s nice to know that resource is just minutes away.

Some other items of note:

  1. The 2019 permit stickers have a white field with BLUE numerals and letters….please apply them to your mooring floats, on your kayak or dinghy, as applicable.
  2. The Pumpout is operational in West Ferry, and after some electrical wiring issues are addressed this week, the East Ferry Pumpout will also be in service.
  3. Thanks to Mike Gray, and the construction ability of Ramon Ibarlucea, there is a new touch and go dock in East Ferry that replaced the old/narrow one that was destroyed in the storm last year. The new pier is wider and much more stable and is oriented parallel to the other T&G dock. Check it out – it is a marked improvement to the East Ferry waterfront.

Important Dates:             June 15th …… End of Grace Period for registrations

                                             July 1st ………. All moorings must be commissioned with current sticker              


Upcoming Jamestown Events:

Jamestown Blessing of the Fleet….Saturday, June 8 @1200

Jamestown Fireworks ……..July - TBD

Save the Bay Swim……. Saturday July 27th

Fools Rules Regatta……Saturday August 10th


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.

Let’s have a great, fun, and safe summer out there!

Smooth sailing - See you on the water!


Mark J. Campbell