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Include Jamestown in Your America's Cup Plans!

by Elaine Infantolino 14. September 2011 04:52

It was recently announced that Newport will host the final World Series event of the America’s Cup next summer from June 23 thru July 1. To give a little background, this year is the 34th year for the America’s Cup, a sailing event which has often been referred to as "the oldest trophy in international sport", according to americascup.com. For the first time ever, the America’s Cup Event Authority has scheduled a series of six preliminary events, called the America’s Cup World Series. The first World Series event happened two weeks ago in Portugal, with other World Series events to take place in England, San Diego and our very own Newport.

So what does this mean for Jamestown? Quite a lot in terms of the potential economic impact. This is a high profile event which will draw the attention of professional sailors and spectators from around the world. We have some of the best vantage points for viewing the races and a vibrant community offering great options for entertainment and lodging.

We here at Island Realty are already feeling the excitement of what this event will bring.  We have the largest selection of rental properties with two full-time, dedicated rental agents who are ready to set people up with the perfect home away from home. If you have any questions at all, we are here to offer recommendations and support. We always suggest beginning your rental property search early in order to get the best selection. To view a complete list of properties and photos, go to islandrealtyri.com and click the ‘Rentals’ tab on our website.


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And They're Off! The Transatlantic Race 2011

by Virginia Prichett 30. June 2011 05:30

This week, thirty sailboats have begun leaving Newport on the 2,975 nautical mile Transatlantic Race 2011 to England. Due to the various classes and sizes of the 30 boats entered — ranging from 40 to 289 feet — there are three separate starts. The first two waves left Sunday and Wednesday. The last boats depart on July 3.

While trans-Atlantic races have traditionally left from New York, this is the first to go from Newport. The boat that finishes with the fastest elapsed time will set the benchmark from Newport to Lizard Point in southwestern England, to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council.

Pictured above is The Maltese Falcon, which departed on Wednesday in the largest group of yachts.  Built by Perini Navi, the 'Falcon' is a clipper sailing luxury yacht, commissioned and formerly owned by American venture capitalist Tom Perkins. It is one of the largest privately-owned sailing yachts in the world at 88 m (289 ft).


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The J's Are Back! J Class Newport Regatta 2011

by Carol Hopkins 9. June 2011 10:43

Velsheda (1933)

There is going to be an exciting sailing regatta of the J Class yachts from June 15th to June 19th in Newport. Velsheda, Ranger and Shamrock V will be participating in what is the first of a series of global J Class events. I am only a novice sailor, but I do know that I don't want to miss seeing these magnificent yachts on Narragansett Bay. I would suggest going to either Beavertail or Fort Wetherill to catch a glimpse. Also, Castle Hill will be a great vantage point.

The starts and finishes are off of Fort Adams with viewing stands set up on the Northwestern corner of Fort Adams.

J Class is a rating for large sailing yachts desinged between 1930 and 1937. They were used to compete in three races of the America's Cup.  According to jclassyachts.com, "Ten massive yachts conforming to J rule were built between 1930 and 1937, although more were designed and tank tested. They were all but extinct, however three English yachts survived. In 2000, the new J Class Association was formed to 'promote, protect and develop' the interests of these wonderful yachts."


The race schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 15: Race 1, start 1 PM

Thursday, June 16: Race 2, start 1 PM 

Friday, June 17: Race 3, start 1 PM

Saturday, June 18: Race 4, start 1 PM

Sunday, June 19: Race 5, start 1 PM


So, when you are feeling overwhelmed and tired, and you just need a break, go to one of these vantage points with an iced coffee or a picnic and enjoy the beauty of these yachts.


-Carol Hopkins


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 *Photo titled 'Velsheda Solent' by Frank Crossley

Your Source for Jamestown Summer Vacation Homes

by Virginia Prichett 30. March 2011 10:59

If you haven’t already made your summer plans, now is the time to get going!  What better place to unwind than our quiet island close to Newport.  Did you know that in addition to selling real estate, Island Realty also specializes in rentals? 


Our rental department has an extensive list of charming cottages/homes available to suit any need, whether it’s a vacation home, long or short-term lease.  We are also Jamestown’s main source for locating rentals for the Naval War College.  While you’re here, take advantage of all that Jamestown has to offer.


You might try these fun activities:


-Go clam digging.  Then cook up your catch!


-Take a picnic to Ft. Wetherill State Park.


-Enjoy an evening in Newport by way of the 49 passenger water taxi that leaves from Conanicut Marina.


-Visit Beavertail Lighthouse, the third oldest in the country.


-Let the kids expend some energy at the playground.  It is a fantastic place to play, complete with Clatter bridge, SS Jamestown boat, sandbox and huge tire swing.  There are picnic tables and the Jamestown Public Library right next door, which offers story hours.


-Sunbathe and build sand castles at Mackerel Cove beach.


-Go for a bike ride and visit the historic windmill.

-When you’re done, treat yourself to an ice cream cone at Spinnakers.


 *Give us a call at Island Realty (401.423.2200) for all of your rental needs.  Ask for Dan or Mary Beth.  You can also peruse our rental inventory and see photos at www.islandrealtyri.com and go to Rentals!

 

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