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Cape Dory Rendezvous-Jamestown, RI
Tuesday-Thursday, August 2-4

Please register by July 20th!

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Conanicut Marina

Jamestown, RI

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Jamestown Itinerary:




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..

Please 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 registration form.

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 for Newport.

Use NOAA charts 13223 and 13221.

All registration fees are indicated below as well as on the Registration Form.

  Tue, 8/2 Cape Dorys begins to arrive and gather at Conanicut Marina, Jamestow, RI. Crews are on their own to explore the surrounding area.
  Wed, 8/3

Rendezvous boats and crews continue to arrive. Crews explore Jamestown and Newport.

    9:30 a.m.

Join the group for an excursion to Newport's Fort Adams and the Museum of Yachting -- you decide what you want to see and do.

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
- per Child ages 6-12
            $2.00 - per Senior age 65 and older
for 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 & Children
            AAA & 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.

Jamestown & Newport Ferry Schedule

Fort Adams
Photo courtesy of Fort Adams

Museum of Yachting
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Yachting

  Thu, 8/4 4:00 p.m. Seminar presented by Cruising Direct Sails at the Bay Voyage Inn immediately followed by cocktails.
    6:00 p.m. Cocktails (Cash Bar) at the Bay Voyage Inn
    7:00 p.m. Dinner at the Bay Voyage Inn. $30 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 20th.

Driving 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
(401) 423-2100
Central Reservations: 800-225-3522

: 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 left.


About the Area:


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 colonists.

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.


Points of Interest:


Things to do and places to go:

Exploring 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.

Jamestown & Newport Ferry

Exploring 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.

Where to eat:

We are planning a group dinner on August 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Bay Voyage Inn at 150 Conanicus Ave, Jamestown, RI.

Dining in Jamestown:

  • Trattoria Simpatico, 13 Narragansett Ave . Phone: 401-423-3731
  • Chopmist Charlie's, 40 Narragansett Ave. Phone: 401-423-1020
  • Tricia's Tropi-Grille, 14 Narragansett Ave. Phone: 401-423-1490
  • Jamestown Oyster Bar, 22 Narragansett Ave. Phone: 401-423-3380
  • Theatre Family Restaurant, 34 Narragansett Ave. Phone: 401-423-0907
  • Portugese American , 134 Narragansett Ave. Phone: 401-423-9909
  • Peking Garden, 34 Narragansett Ave. Phone: 401-423-0680
  • House of Pizza, 23 Narragansett Ave. Phone: 401-423-3060
  • East Ferry Deli, 47 Conanicus Ave. Phone: 401-423-1592
  • Ace's Pizza, 5 Clarke Street. Phone: 401-423-2824
  • Spinnaker's Cafe, 3 East Ferry Wharf. Phone: 401-423-3077
  • Slice of Heaven Bakery, Cafe and Catering, 32 Narragansett Ave. Phone: 401-423-9866
  • Village Hearth Bakery, 2 Watson Ave. Phone: 401-423-9282

Dining in Newport:


Web Site Info:
Jamestown RI Visitor Information
Destination Newport

NOAA 2005 Tide Predictions: Narragansett Bay

  All owners of both Cape Dory power and sailboats, CDSOA members and non-members, are welcome to attend.

Register Now!
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(PDF 602KB).

Registration Form only:
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(84 KB) or PDF (89 KB)

Please mail your registration by July 20th.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact: Catherine Monaghan, 732-381-3549 or e-mail

Please check this page often as this information is subject to change.

  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: 17 April 2005

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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