We will begin meeting in the afternoon on Tuesday, August
2nd at the
Conanicut Marina (401-423-7157 for
the Dockmaster, VHF Channel 71), Jamestown,
RI. Moorings are $46.00 per boat per night and the dockage
rate is $3.25 per foot plus tax and utilities..
contact the marina and make your reservation for a mooring
or slip as soon as possible. Tell them you are with the "Cape
Dory" group. Make
your mooring or slip reservation by phone (401-423-7157)
or print, complete and fax the marina's transient
Please monitor VHF Channel 16 and switch to 72
for fleet communications.
Jamestown, located about halfway up the east side of Conanicut
Island on the East Passage of Narragansett Bay, is approximately
5 nm from Q R WHIS R"2", south of Brenton Reef; 2.5
nm from Commercial Wharf in Newport; 4.5 nm from the Beavertail
Point Lighthouse (Fl 6s 64ft 15M HORN) at the south end of Beaver
Neck; and 11.25 nm from Point Judith..
From the south, enter East Passage keeping
Q R WHIS R"2", located south of Brenton Reef, to starboard.
Continue heading north also keeping GONG R"4" and
BELL R"6" at Butter Ball Rock to starboard. When rounding
Bull Point, keep Q G BELL G"11", marking the Dumplings,
a grouping of rocks, to port giving it a wide berth. Watch your
boat's leeway as the current can set you up on the rocks if
you're not careful. Continue north outside the mooring field
until you're abeam of the tower of the large, white-trimmed
hotel on the shore and hail Conanicut Marina on VHF Ch. 71.
From the north it's pretty straightforward.
Heading south down the east side of Conanicut Island, before
reaching the Newport Bridge you'll pass Potter Cove then a conservation
zone where boats are restricted. Once you've passed under the
bridge, Jamestown is off to starboard. Continue south outside
the mooring field until you're abeam of the tower of the large,
white-trimmed hotel on the shore and hail Conanicut Marina on
VHF Ch. 71.
Mean tidal range is 3.5 feet. Use tide tables
The ferry departs Jamestown at 9:50 a.m. and arrives at Fort
Adams at 10:15 a.m.
Jamestown & Newport Ferry: $14.00 -
per person (ALL DAY PASS)
Present your Ferry ticket at Rose Island,
Fort Adams and the Museum of Yachting for $1.00
off the entry fee!
Rose Island (Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.):
- per Adult
$2.00 - per Child ages
- per Senior age 65 and older
RILF members and children 5 yrs and under
Fort Adams (Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.): $8.00
- per Adult $5.00-
per Child ages 5-17 FREE
- Children under 5 $20
Family Rate (2 adults and children in a household)
Museum of Yachting (Hours: 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.): $5.00
- per Adult $4.00 - Seniors
& AARP Discounts Available
For lunch, hop back on the ferry or walk to Bowen's
Wharf where you'll find everything from casual outdoor
eateries to fancy French haute cuisine.
After lunch, stroll down Newport's America's Cup Avenue and Thames
Street which run along the harbor, walk up America's Cup Avenue
to the Newport Visitors Center, or walk up Thames Street to the
Museum of Newport History.
Then return to Bowen's Wharf to catch the ferry back to Jamestown.
at the Bay Voyage
per person (price includes tax
and gratuity). Please take a look at the
menu, it's on the 2nd page of the Registration
Form and mail your registration form by July
Directions to the Bay Voyage Inn:
Arriving by car? You must still complete the Registration
Form. Registration fees don't apply to CDSOA members (unless
we receive your registration late) but please include
all fees for meals and T-shirts with your registration form.
There's a small $5 registration fee for non-members of the CDSOA.
The Bay Voyage Inn
150 Conanicus Avenue
Jamestown, RI 02835
Central Reservations: 800-225-3522
FROM BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Route 24 South to I-195
West and back on to 24 South to Route 114 South (West Main Road).
Turn right onto Connell Highway (just past the Navy Lodge on
the right and Burger King on the left), follow to the rotary
and go ¾ around it. On-ramp for 138 West, the Newport
Bridge. Go over the bridge. After the tollbooths, take immediate
exit on your right. At first stop sign take a right, follow
under Newport bridge, turn left at next stop sign follow ¼
of a mile and the Bay Voyage will be on the left hand side.
FROM PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: I-95 South
to Route 4 South (exit 9). Route 4 will become Route 1 South,
look for signs on your right for 138 East (Jamestown Newport
Bridges). Take the exit, which will lead you over the Jamestown
bridge. Take the second exit on your right hand side after the
Jamestown bridge. Follow this road (Conanicus) ¼ of a
mile and the Bay Voyage will be on your left hand side.
FROM CONNECTICUT OR NEW YORK: 1-95 North across
the RI state line, take exit 3A (route 138 east). At the intersection
with Route 1, turn left onto 1 North for 2 miles, where you
will get back onto Route 138 East (Newport & Jamestown).
Take 138 East over the Jamestown Bridge. Once you get over the
bridge, take the second exit on your right side. Follow this
exit ¼ of a mile and the Bay Voyage Inn will be on your
The Dutch were the first to settle in the area in the early
1600's, making Dutch Island their base of operations. In 1638
the English made arrangements with the Narragansett sachem Canonicusto
to use Quononaqutt Island, what is now called Conanicut Island
in honor of the sachem, for grazing sheep. In 1657 a consortium
of about one hundred buyers purchased Conanicut, Dutch and Gould
Islands. They divided Conanicut Island into roughly one dozen
large plots and reserved Dutch Island and parts of Conanicut
Island for common use. The settlement became the village of
Jamestown in 1678 honoring the then Prince James, later King
James II. Benedict Arnold, one of the purchasers, became governor
of the colony of Rhode Island the same year. He returned to
the office - in 1662, 1663, 1669 and 1677.
The Native Americans and colonists lived side-by-side in relative
peace for almost four decades. Unfortunately, conflicts eventually
occured throughout southern New England, leading to King Philip's
War. Although Conanicut Island remained a haven for many Native
Americans, after 1676, life in the region was dominated by the
By 1700, the agriculturally-prosperous town had about 200 residents.
Ferries were operating between Conanicut Island and Newport
by 1675. After almost 300 years of continuous service, ferries
on the west side of Conanicut Island, operating in the West
Passage, ended with the opening of the Jamestown Bridge in 1940
but continued in East Passage, between Jamestown and Newport,
until completion of the Newport Bridge in 1969. Ferry service
between Jamestown and Newport was then re-established in 1995.
Today, even with the bridges and ferries, Jamestown remains
a quiet, out-of-the way place.
Things to do and places to go:
Jamestown -- Topics include Jamestown restaurants, ferry
and sightseeing boats, parks and recreational areas, things
to see and do in Jamestown, information about Narraganett
Bay, a list of lighthouses in and near Jamestown, Conanicut
Island neighborhoods, Jamestown businesses, visiting Newport,
visiting other nearby destinations, traveling to Jamestown
and keeping up with local news and information. It also has
a link to a page of Jamestown-focused websites.
Newport -- Newport is probably one of the most "walking-friendly"
towns in the country. Its colonial era town plan, its narrow
one-way streets, and its tightly packed houses make for a
beautiful stroll any time of day, and any season of the year.