This is a 505 sail boat. It is one of the most complicated boats to sail. With just a little bit of help, I took one out for a spin yesterday in Newport's beautiful waters (that's me out on the trapeze harness). Here's some more things I learned from my weekend in Rhode Island:
Top 10 things I learned in Newport, R.I. this weekend:
9.The "boom boom room" downstairs at the Clark Cooke House is apparently quite the scene.
8. The New York Yacht Club has the perfect hill for sliding down at fast speeds...
7. Real sailors drink Dark and Stormys...How to make a Dark and Stormy:
* 2 oz Gosling's Black Seal rum, * 3 oz Barrit's ginger beer * lime wedge for garnish if desired.
6. Newport claims many U.S. firsts: first jazz festival, first tennis championship, first golf tournament, first polo game, first Jewish synagogue, first public roller-skating rink and first jail sentence for speeding in an automobile. (The car was traveling at 15 miles per hour.)
5. Newport is home to the REAL Bellevue, the template for many copy cat names, and the place to be to feel Gatsby-ian. Many noteables have held residences in Newport including the Vanderbilts, Eisenhowers, Astors, and, my favorite; Paul Gordon of the Goo Goo dolls
4. There's First Beach, Second Beach, and Rejects Beach. First beach can tend to smell like rotten seaweed and "rejects beach" (so called by the locals) is not really for rejects at all. It has been called "Newports greatest secret" and wants to stay that way (whoops sorry).
3.The Black Pearl has the best clam chowder, the hottest servers, and a chef that rides a motorcycle around town. Castle Hill Inn is a great place to get veal. And bass. And foi gras. And scallops. And souffle. And wine. It's also good for watching the sunset.
2. Not only did John F. Kennedy marry Jacqueline Onassis at St. Mary's in Newport, but his bride was responsible for designing one of the many beautiful lighthouses on the shoreline.
1. How to trim a 505.