2013-06-01 Rhode Island Bound

June 1, 2013

We are finally ready to depart to head north. Our first stop will be Jamestown, RI where we will stay for a few days before heading to Mystic, CT for a rendezvous with other Nordhavn owners in mid-June.

The forecast looks good!

The forecast looks good!

The trip to RI will be just about 1000 miles and should take us about five days. We plan to depart either this afternoon at high tide around 3pm or around 3am Sunday morning and complete the trip non-stop. Our friend Bruce, a Shear Madness veteran from last year, is joining us for this trip.

The weather looks good and we expect to make good speed using the Gulf Stream to help push us along. We have spent much of the week provisioning with lots of food and produce and yesterday fueled up from a tanker truck, taking on 1311 gallons of diesel. I made two videos of our trip preparation, Fueling Up from a Tanker and Route Planning. These are not videos of nice sunsets and dolphins and are probably only of interest to those of you who are interested in the more mundane aspects of cruising.

You can track our progress by clicking here.


  1. #1 by Michael Cook on June 2, 2013 - 6:16 pm

    Hi Kathy and Brad, Loved you route planning video. I will show it to my new deckie Robin. She fancies that she is a great navigator although she has never been offshore. I used to live in Providence when I was doing my PhD at Brown. spent lots of happy times in Newport a great place. I was there for the 1970 America’s Cup. Narraganset Bay offers much. Fair Winds Michael Cook


  2. #2 by renateallan@ozemail.com.au on June 2, 2013 - 9:28 am

      Hi Kathy and Bradley,

    Even as a non-boaty I enjoyed watching the refueling of Shear Madness. I am writing this from the other side of the country, from Olympia Washington, where my daughter now lives with her new husband as of last July. I arrive in the US on the 28th of May, after 3 weeks in Germany tending to and visiting my 100 year old Mom. Glad you are enjoying your life at sea. Love Renate xoxoxo 


  3. #3 by joanne crantz on June 1, 2013 - 9:48 pm

    Hope you have a great trip, let me know if you need anything (medical that is!)
    Joanne Crantz


  4. #4 by Carol Trautschold on June 1, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    Safe travelling.



  5. #5 by Dan Madish on June 1, 2013 - 2:51 pm


    Checked out the tanker refuel—it was interesting—you can drive the boat (Ship) from the little booth thing where you leaning coming into the pier—do you have total engine/steering control? Tried to check out track of trip but don’t think understand what I was on my screen—the 15 min as well as others but only marks/on middle of screen.


    Don’t worry about answering these questions until you get to Rhode Island. Don’t want you to have a ship wreck or get lost!!!HAA!!!


  6. #6 by Anonymous on June 1, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    Thank you for the update!! My best friend, Adm. Sandy Stozs, is the Super. at the USCG Academy. If you are around the area, you should drop by. She would love to meet you and you both would really like her. Sandy was stationed at the USCG facility at Ft. Lauderdale (sp) for a few years. She and her husband, Bob, plan to retire back here in Arlington. He is also a “coastie”. Seriously, you should say hi. As Sandy says, “Fair Winds” S. B.


  7. #7 by Meltzer, Steven L. on June 1, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    My friends Joe and Donna DeAngelis live in Jamestown, RI. You played golf with Joe a few years ago. If you have any interest in linking up with them, let me know. Happy Cruising!

    Sent from my iPhone


    • #8 by Kathy Clark on June 1, 2013 - 5:03 pm

      Yes, send me his email and maybe he can come and see the boat.


  8. #9 by Sid & Stef on June 1, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Wish we were there to join you! May the passage be smooth and trouble free. Our best to you both.


  9. #10 by Pam on June 1, 2013 - 12:06 pm

    Fair winds and calm seas. I love Beavertail Park on Conanicut Island. Have a terrific voyage.


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