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Cape Dory Rendezvous 2003:
Eastbound and Westbound
Rendezvous Flotillas to Bristol

Friday, August 1st

Current as of: 2 June 2003

Jamestown/Dutch Harbor

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Dutch Harbor/Jamestown Itinerary:




We will be meeting in the afternoon on Friday, August 1st and forming a raft-up in Dutch Harbor, Jamestown, RI on the western side of Conanicut Island in "general anchorage K" in the bight north of Beaverhead, 31 nm from Stonington, CT, 12.5 nm WNW of Third Beach on the Sakonnet River, 10.5 nm from Newport, 18.8 nm from Providence, 5 nm from Wickford, and 13.7 nm from Point Judith.

Stay about 300 yards offshore of Beaverhead, keeping RN "2" to the south. Beaverhead is a restricted conservation area. When anchoring/rafting, please keep in mind that there will also be two flotillas of boats travelling from Stonington, CT and Third Beach on the Sakonnet River, as well as other distant ports. Your fellow Cape Dorians will continue to arrive at Dutch Harbor throughout the day and into the evening.

Use NOAA charts 13221 and 13223.

Please monitor VHF Channel 16 and switch to 72 for fleet communications.

Also, moorings are available from the Dutch Harbor Boatyard (401-423-0630, VHF Ch. 68).


About the Island:


The Narragansett indians called the island Quononaqutt. The settlers purchased the land from the indians in 1657 renaming it to Conanicut and the settlement became the village of Jamestown in 1678.

For years ferryboats were the lifeline between the island and the rest of the world. After nearly 300 years of continuous service, the ferries stopped running on the west side of the island when the Jamestown Bridge opened in 1940 but continued until the completion of the Newport Bridge in 1969. Ferry service between Jamestown and Newport was re-established on the east side in 1995.

Most restaurants on Conanicut Island are in Jamestown within walking distance across the island. But nearby to Dutch Harbor you'll find McQuade Supermarket (401-423-9873) in case you need provisions. McQuade's offers grocery delivery and a laundromat. There's also Island Pizza (401-423-2824.

If you're in the mood for a good walk, in Jamestown you'll find Bay Voyage Inn, 150 Conanicut Ave., for elegant dining and a super view; Trattoria Simpatico, 13 Narragansett Ave. and Chopmist Charlie's, 40 Narragnasett Ave. for casual dining; Slice of Heaven, 32 Narragansett Ave., a bakery/cafe with good clam chowder; and Spinnakers Cafe, 3 Ferry Warf with a dockside patio, a deli and ice-cream.

And if you'd like to take an evening dip, there's a beach at Mackerel Cove.


Points of Interest:

  • Beavertail State Park -- Beavertail Road, Jamestown, Rhode Island, 401-423-9941.
  • Beavertail Lighthouse and Museum -- Beavertail Point, Beavertail State Park. The l938 hurricane uncovered the original base of the third lighthouse established in America (l749), an interesting example of early Colonial stonework. The present granite tower, just north of the original light, was erected in l856. The point also offers spectacular views of Rhode Island's Atlantic coastline. Park-naturalist on duty. OPEN: Jun-Aug: 3 lectures/tours daily, Wed-Sun. 401-423-9941.
  • Fire Department Memorial Building -- 50 Narragansett Avenue. Exhibits include horse-drawn 1894 steam engine, other antique fire fighting equipment, and photographs. OPEN: Mon-Fri, 9-3 p.m. 401-423-0062.
  • Jamestown Museum (1886) -- 92 Narragansett Avenue. 19th century schoolhouse with permanent exhibit of memorabilia from Jamestown ferries and annual special exhibits. OPEN: Mid-Jun-end of Aug, Tue-Sat, 1-4 p.m. 401-423-0784.
  • Revolutionary Earthworks Battery -- Prospect Hill, off Beavertail Road. Second highest point on island. Outstanding view.
  • Sydney L. Wright Museum -- Jamestown Philomenia Library, 26 North Road. Indian and Colonial artifacts from prehistoric and early settlements on Conanicut Island. OPEN: Mon & Wed, 10-5 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.; Tue & Thu, 12-5 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.; Fri & Sat, 10-5 p.m. (Sat, Jun 15-Sep 15, 10-1 p.m.) 401-423-7280.
  • Fort Wetherill State Park -- Former coastal defense battery and training camp. Fort Wetherill Road, Jamestown, Rhode Island
  • Fort Getty -- (On the west side of Conanicut Island) 32 acres, camping, boating, fishing, picnic tables, pavilion, fields, rocky beach, sand volleyball, playground. Fort Getty Rd., Jamestown (401)423-7264
  • Jamestown Windmill (1787) -- Located at Watson Farm. North Road, off Rte. 138. Owned by Jamestown Historical Society; recently restored. OPEN: Mid-Jun-mid Sep, Sat & Sun, 1-4 p.m., and by appt. 423-1798.
  • Watson Farm (1796) -- North Road. This 280 acre farm on Conanicut Island is a working farm with cattle, sheep, horses, chickens and a large garden. A 2-mile walking trail with alternate shorter routes provides a picturesque vistas of farmland and Narragansett Bay. Self-guided walking brochure describes history of the farm and region, annual cycles for plants and animals, natural resources, and current products of the farm. 401-423-0005.
  Web Site Info:

Jamestown Community Home Page

Jamestown Chamber of Commerce

Tide Table for Beavertail Point, Conanicut Island (courtesy of


Cape Dory owners are invited to join the flotillas anywhere along their routes. Sail with us the whole way or just for a couple of days -- whatever suits your schedule.

Register Now for the Eastbound Flotilla!
Please download and print one of the following registration forms.:
Microsoft Word (42 KB) or PDF (15 KB)

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Diana Paquette, 508-728-2958 or at or Michael Heintz, 203-838-7599 or at


Register Now for the Westbound Flotilla!
Please download and print one of the following registration forms.:
Microsoft Word (44 KB) or PDF (14 KB)

Please mail your registration by July 1st.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Fleet Captain Michael Heintz, 203-838-7599 or at or Catherine Monaghan, 732-381-3549 or at

Please check this page often as we will include more information as it becomes available.

  Please see the "Events" page for the current Northeast Fleet Rendezvous agenda.
  For information on becoming part of the NE Fleet see the "Fleet Information." 

This page was last revised: 9 September 2003

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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