Summer in Newport

Summer Sunday at Castle Hill in Newport…

 

Summer in Newport…

It has been an active and hot summer here in Newport.  This small town is busier that we have seen it in some time.  The streets are always packed with pedestrians and the traffic is bumper to bumper down Thames Street each day.  The mega-yachts are taking up every available berth and there are hundreds of sailboats swaying to and fro in the harbor on moorings.  You would never know that there is a down economy by watching the activity here… but then a down economy doesn’t really affect they type of people who travel by 200 meter power boat.

Newport has also been host to some great events this summer.  We attended the America’s Cup racing at Fort Adams and were really impressed.  It was our first time seeing an America’s Cup race live and up close.  The boats are now catamarans constructed of carbon fiber composite and are very light on the water enabling them to sail at speeds upwards of 35 knots.  It was so cool to watch the boats as they would heel over and an entire hull would come out of the water with the sailors dangling atop the hull high in the air as ballast.  One boat even tipped over causing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

Pirate with the Red Bull Racing Catamaran

 

Prada Catamaran heeling over during race

 

Cooling off in the Moet Tent during America’s Cup Racing

 

And they are off…

 

 

We have also enjoyed hopping around town and sipping cocktails on the wharfs and sidewalk bars of Newport.  It has been great people watching and also a great way to run into friends, both old and new.  We are thrilled to have our friends Mike and Sloane here in town.  They sailed their boat Carina up from Wrightsville Beach and our moored in Newport harbor.

Cocktails with Mom at Castle Hill

 

Dinner with Mike and Sloane at Mamma Luisa’s

 

 

 

But as we are never ones to let grass grow under our feet, we took a 10 day trip across country.  Our first stop was Las Vegas.  We watched the freaks on Fremont Street, sat poolside at the Cosmopolitan, took in dinner and a fantastic show at Caesar’s, and won lots of dough at the Hard Rock.  After Vegas, it was off to Prescott to visit family and relax for a few days.  Our last stop was Indianapolis for the Indy Brickyard Race.  Thank you Jim and Tim for your hospitality and for the fantastic Kobe steaks and never-ending Kettle-One martini’s at Mo’s!

Dinner in Las Vegas at Max Brenner- a feast of chocolate!

 

Don’t take my chocolate away…

 

We are enjoying the lazy days of summer and looking forward to whatever adventures come our way…

 

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