You’re Invited: Renaissance Regatta – July 16th, Providence, RI

Each July, Community Boating Center (CBC) in Providence, RI organizes and runs a “Renaissance Regatta,” as their main annual fundraiser.  Part of their revenue comes from dues, but a large percentage of the students are on scholarship, so they rely on grants, sponsorships, and donations to pay their operating expenses. Jamestown Distributors is proud to sponsor the event and lend our company President, Mike Mills, to the Board of Directors. At least come to the party to heckle Mike as he does his “sponsor” thing.

During the Regatta, sponsors have the opportunity to come down to our boathouse, meet our sailors, and (should they choose), go out on the water for a sail or fun race with some of the kids and other sponsors.  We organize a silent auction and barbecue, and it’s a chance for us to toast all of CBC’s supporters, volunteers, and staff.

  • Get a tour of CBC Center and meet the sailors, instructors and board members who make CBC Providence such a success.

  • Tour a classic Sparkman & Stephens-designed 53′ Sloop Sonny at the CBC dock. “Sonny” will  be open for all to see.sonny

  • Watch NYT Yachting Reporter, Chris Museler, and his MOTH buddies rip around the waterfront in Providence in foiling moths.

    ©ThMartinez/Sea&Co.  ARNAUD PSAROFAGHIS (SUI 4)

    ©ThMartinez/Sea&Co. ARNAUD PSAROFAGHIS (SUI 4)

If you’re local to Rhode Island or the Providence vicinity – please consider supporting CBC. It keeps kids busy and off the streets, it occupies a beautiful piece of formerly dilapidated waterfront in downtown Providence, it teaches kids and teens to love and respect the water and it supports the notion that accessibility to the water and to public “Learn to Sail” programs are a vital part of any waterfront city. Continue reading

Meet the Waterfire Fleet of Boats

In honor of the first WaterFire of the 2015 season (TONIGHT!),  we give you this cool video and a little intro to one of the coolest waterfront activities in RI.

If you’re not from Rhody (shame! Poor you!!) or nearby Mass or CT. areas, maybe you have never heard of this amazing Rhode Island phenomenon called WaterFire. The state has embraced this “art installation” by Brown U and RISD (RI School of Design) graduate, Barnaby Evans, since 1994.

The Waterfire website puts it so perfectly I, I need to share directly their description of the amazing event that goes on about 10-15 times throughout the summer months, lining 3 rivers in Providence with 100 fire pits lit and fed by official volunteers in boats.

WaterFire® is a work of art that involves movement, participation and surprise. When visitors encounter WaterFire, they cannot absorb the sculpture from just their sense of sight or even from a single vantage point—they must walk through the installation and they must use all five of their senses. WaterFire is full of motion—throughout the night the firetenders stoke the fires, the boats glide past the flames, the rivers flow quietly beneath the braziers, the sparks whirl through the night air, and the flickering flames reflect off the dark surface of the water, animating the architectural fabric of the city.

With a serious fleet of boats to support the work that needs to be done to create/ maintain and feed the fires, Waterfire made the cool video above to give some insight into this watery operation. Other cities have invited Evans to bring his installation to town. But here in Rhode Island we consider it our own! Come check it out. First fires are lit at sunset. A full schedule for the season can be found here. Or maybe we’ll just see you there tonight!


The Renaissance Regatta: Community Boating Center, Providence

Are you sick of seeing beautiful shots of harbors, boats and beaches jammed up with thawing ice floes and piles of snow? Us too! Time for a sail!

Follow us up Narragansett Bay to the Community Boating Center, Providence. It’s their annual fundraiser, the Renaissance Regatta, and it’s a ton of fun for local kids for whom this community sailing center has been life changing.

CBC is focused on getting the community to the waterfront, and providing access and opportunity to the joys of sailing to those who may not ever see a boat close up otherwise. Part of the revitalization of the waterfront along Providence, CBC has done so much to improve the city as well as the State of Rhode Island where waterfront access and access to boats is arguably the best way to spend a summer.

Jamestown Distributors was proud to work with CBC for the regatta, for the creation of this video, and also in bragging rights for the top sailing team at the regatta. Congratulations sailors! And thank you to Community Boating Center, Providence for giving these kids a chance to feel the joy of getting out on the water.