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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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