August 06 2012
Andrew Cilla reports from Newport, Rhode Island. I had the pleasure of being invited to the Eleventh Annual Newport Superyacht Network Party. This is a private affair that has grown steadily every year for the members of the Superyacht Network.
One of the main reasons I chose to attend was to display Miss Lisa a 92’ Citadel launched in 2010. Those who were aboard consider her one of the finest Expedition Yachts on the market today. The weekend included lots of fun activities for the attendees.
On Friday I had the opportunity to participate in a match race between two Vintage 12 Meters, Northern Light (launched 1937) and Gleam(launched 1938) both have been magnificently restored to the original condition, built by Nevins Shipyard in City Island, New York, and designed by Olin Stephens, the grandfather of 12 meter design. These Classic 12 Meters were a thrill to race do to their near identical boat speed. I crewed aboard Northern Light and we edged out Gleam by a quarter of a boat length.
Friday evening we enjoyed a traditional New England Beachside Clam Bake on Rose Island.
Saturday we participated in a fun and exciting scavenger hunt by tender. If that wasn’t enough I traveled by paddle board to Fort Adams to enjoy the music of the Newport Folk Festival.
We capped the evening off with a magnificent dinner at the Spiced Pear in CHANLER ONCLIFF WALK, (voted #1 small hotel in the U.S.).
Sunday the group toasted a farewell to Newport at a Champagne Brunch on the rolling lawn at Castle Hill.