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Cape Dory Rendezvous-Bristol, RI
Sunday-Monday, August 3-4

Please register by July 1st!

Current as of: 11 June 2003

Bristol Yacht Club/
Bristol, RI

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Bristol Itinerary:




We will be meeting in the afternoon on Saturday, August 2nd at the Bristol Yacht Club (401-253-2922, VHF Channels 68), Bristol, RI. Moorings are $35.00 per boat per night (there may be a need for two boats per mooring, $35.00 per boat applies).

Please contact the yacht club and make your reservation for a mooring as soon as possible. Tell them you are with the "CDSOA group".

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

RN"6" in Bristol Harbor is approximately 15 nm NNE of our previous destination of Dutch Harbor, 14.6 nm N of Third Beach on the Sakonnet River, 11 nm N of Fl G 33ft 11M on Goat Island in Newport and 9.5 nm E of RN"6" at the entrance to Greenwich Cove.

Mean tidal range is 3.8 feet.

Use NOAA charts 13224 and 13221.


Bristol Harbor marks the final destination for the boats and crews participating in the Eastbound and Westbound Flotillas. Though August 2nd marks the end of the flotillas, the fun's not over yet for those who are also participating in "Cape Dory Rendezvous-Bristol, RI" which officially begins on Sunday, August 3rd.

All registration fees are indicated on the Registration Form.

  Sat, 8/2 Cape Dorys from both the Eastbound and Westbound Flotillas gather in Bristol Harbor. Crews are on their own to explore Bristol.
  Sun, 8/3

Cape Dorys not participating in "Cape Dory Rendezvous-Bristol, RI " depart. Rendezvous boats and crews continue to arrive.

    1:00 p.m.

Tour the Herreshoff Marine Museum, $8.00-Adults, $7.00-Seniors, Children under 12-Free.

  Mon, 8/4 2:00 p.m. "Safety at Sea" seminar presented by Captain Henry Marx of Landfall Navigation.
    5:00 p.m. "Rhode Island Clambake" at the Bristol Yacht Club -- $28.00 per adult. Please take a look at the menu and indicate your selections on the Registration Form.

Driving Directions to Bristol Yacht Club:

Arriving by car? You must still complete the Registration Form and indicate which events you'll be attending by car in the "Comments" section of the form. Registration fees don't apply but please include all fees for meals and any t-shirts.

From Newport, take Route 114 North to the Mount Hope Bridge, after the bridge continue on 114 North through downtown Bristol, turn left onto Poppasquash Road (look for Coggeshall Farm Sign) and follow around the harbor to the Bristol Yacht Club.

From Boston & Cape Cod, take Route 24 South to Exit 8A (Tiverton / Newport), continue on 24 to Exit 2 (Bristol / Mount Hope Bridge), then follow directions above.

From I 95 North or South, take I 195 East to Exit 7 ( Seakonk / Barrington ), follow Route 114 South through Barrington, Warren and Bristol -- turn right onto Poppasquash Road (at the Coggeshall Farm Museum sign) and follow around the harbor to the Bristol Yacht Club.


About the Area:


The bloodiest of the New England Indian Wars, King Philip's War, began in Bristol in 1675. Metacomet (King Philip), Chief of the Wampanoags, pressured to submit tribal lands to the settlers united tribes that had been enemies for centuries and attempted to rid the land of the invading Europeans. After much loss of life, the settlers emerged victorious. With the uprising stymied, the settlers concentrated on farming, fishing, whaling and shipbuilding and Bristol became a thriving port.

In October 1775 the British sailed into Bristol Harbor, demanded provisions, didn't get them, and fired on the town. Bristol became the victim of constant search and seizure of goods nearly destroying their economy from the lack of trade. And in 1778 British soldiers marched through Bristol burning over 30 structures belonging to prominent American patriots.

With the end of the revolution the shipping industry rebounded and Bristol's merchants sailed off to extend trade to the Caribbean and Africa and Bristol became a pivotal point in the slave trade. Then in 1825 the slave trade became illegal and the town fell into an economic depression. Then with the invention of the steam engine turbine, the shipbuilding industry rebounded once again. Steamships were being built on the wharf and the Herreshoff brothers began to design and build their famous America's Cup winning boats.

At one time, the fasted boat in Bristol was also the largest. At 144 feet long, carrying 17,730 square feet of sail and a crew of 66, Reliance, built by the Herreshoff's, was the successful defender of the 1903 America's Cup.

Today you can take a stroll down the tree-lined streets where you'll find beautiful colonial architecture and capture the many beautiful seascapes or frequent the numerous shops in this historical seafaring town.


Points of Interest:


Things to do and places to go:

And across the harbor you'll find:

  • Herreshoff Marine Museum, One Burnside Street. Phone: 401-253-5000
  • Mount Hope Farm, 250 Metacom Avenue. Phone: 401-254-1745
  • Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Phone: 401-253-0390
  • Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Tower Street off Route 136. Phone: 401-253-8388
  • Coggeshall Farm Museum, Take Poppasquash Road off Route 114. Phone: 401-253-9062
  • Colt State Park, entrance on Hope Street
  • Bristol Train of Artillery, 135 State Street. Phone: 401-521-9136
  • Bristol County Statehouse (Court house), 260 High Street Located on the edge of Town Common. Phone: 401- 253-0015
  • Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street (Route 114). Phone: 401-245-7500
  • Bristol Historical & Preservation Society, 48 Court Street. Phone: 401-253-7223

Where to eat:

We are planning a group dinner on August 4th at 5:00 p.m. at the Bristol Yacht Club ("Rhode Island Clambake").

Other area restaurants include (note that all restaurants listed below are across the harbor from BYC):

  • Aidan's Pub 5, John Street. Phone: 401-254-1940
  • Basically British Tea Room, 18 State Street. Phone: 401-253-5722
  • Bristol Bagel Works, 450 Hope Street. Phone: 401-254-1390
  • Bristol Family Restaurant, 553 Hope Street. Phone: 401-253-9828
  • Bristol House of Pizza, 55 State Street. Phone: 401-253-2550
  • Cafe La France, 483 Hope Street. Phone: 401-253-0360
  • Casual Inn, 170 Franklin Street. Phone: 401-253-0204
  • Green Eggs, 576 Metacom Avenue. Phone: 401-254-1119
  • Hope Diner, 742 Hope Street. Phone: 401-253-1759
  • JG Goff's, Thames Street Landing. Phone: 401-253-4523
  • Judge Roy Bean Saloon, 1 State Street. Phone: 401-253-7526
  • Leo's, 365 Hope Street. Phone: 401-253-9300
  • Quito's Restaurant, 411 Thames Street. Phone: 401-253-4500
  • Sam's Pizza, 149 Bradford Street Phone: 401-253-7949
  • Sandbar Restaurant, 775 Hope Street. Phone: 401-253-5485
  • Tivoli's Ice Cream, 446 Thames Street.
  • Tweet's Family Restaurant, 180 Mt. Hope Avenue. Phone: 401-253-9811
  • HotPoint, 31 State Street. Phone: 401-254-7474
  • Redlefsen's Rotisserie and Grill, 444 Thames Street. Phone: 401-254-1188
  • Roberto's, 301 Hope Street. Phone: 401-254-9732
  • SS Dion, 520 Thames Street. Phone: 401-253-2884
  • The Lobster Pot, 119 Hope Street. Phone: 401-253-9100
  Web Site Info:

Online Bristol and Destination Bristol

Discover Bristol Rhode Island

Tide Table for Bristol Harbor (courtesy of

  All owners of both Cape Dory power and sailboats are welcome to attend.

Register Now!
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:

For Cape Dory Rendezvous-Bristol: Clay Stalker, 603-352-2277 or at;

For the Eastbound Flotilla: Michael Heintz, 203-838-7599 or at or Catherine Monaghan, 732-381-3549 or at;

For the Westbound Flotilla: Diana Paquette, 508-728-2958 or at or Michael Heintz, 203-838-7599 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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