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!


Webcam Roundup…Cool Spots to Spy On

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Heritage Boat Works Cam                           North Light, Block Island webcam

Here is a list of some great webcams to bookmark. Whether it’s shooting boatbuilding inside a cool shop or catching harbor traffic or even the view from inside a lighthouse – it’s fun to travel the world from your desk. Here is a sweet little list of the coolest webcams we could find.  ENJOY!

Newport Harbor, RI – Fort Adams

Narragansett Bay, Hyatt Cam, RI
(Great view for Volvo Ocean Race start & VOR Race Village)

Block Island, North Light

Artisan Boatworks, Rockport, Maine

Chesapeake Light Craft – Shop Cam

Boston TeaParty Museum

Vineyard Haven Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard

New York, Brooklyn Bridge Park

View from the Bridge of the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2

Fiji, Castaway Beach

Pusser’s Webcams – Tortola, BVI

Positano Harbour, Italy

The Grande Canal – Venice, Italy

Port of Gustavia, St. Barth’s  – French West Indies

Seldovia, Alaska – Homer webcam at the Spit

Catalina Island, California

Port of Miami, Florida

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

RRS Ernest Shackleton Research Ship Webcam

Bird Island Research Station Cam – Antarctica 

Crissy Field – San Francisco Bay

HAVE FUN Exploring!

Dr. Robin Wallace tribute video

Dr.Wallace co-started Sail Newport in 1983, a sailing facility in Newport, RI. that enables everyone access to the water! I produced this video with the help of Joe Berkeley (writer) and Tate MacDowell (editor) and was shown for the first time at the Sail Newport gala honoring Dr.Robin Wallace on September 20, 2014 at Fort Adams. Thanks to Brad Read for the assignment.

Herreshoff H-20 – Turning over hull in the shop

Watch the hull of the Herreshoff 20 being turned over at Bristol Boat Company. Under Dan Shea’s direction the Herreshoff 20 makes full usage of time honored wooden boat building methods and techniques, but also marries in newer and more advanced techniques of wooden boat building all contributing to a stronger and yet lighter hull than any previous building techniques and materials would have ever allowed.

Aerial view of NYYC Race Week in Newport, Rhode Island

Aerial footage from Saturday July 19th at NYYC in Newport, Rhode Island. The first sailboat featured is the new C&C 30 – One Design racing in the HPR fleet made by C&C Yachts in RI. Rambler (white) is a 90′ Maxi ocean racer owned by George David and Kestrel (black) is a historic 1929 Fishers Island 31′ Herreshoff sloop skippered by Angus Davis.

STILETTO – Herreshoff Designed Wooden Torpedo Boat cruising on Narragansett Bay

Fish Hawk Films was lucky enough to get some footage of the legendary STILETTO (1978) on Narragansett Bay. At 48′ long and with a beam less than 7′ wide, Stiletto is capable of running at up to 25 knots. This classic wooden rocket is based on the proportions of early US Navy torpedo boats. In 2011, Herreshoff Designs modified Stiletto for cruising on the East Coast and now she can usually be seen on the ICW between Bristol, Rhode Island and the west coast of Florida. The 250 BHP Yanmar engine burns only 4 gal/hr at cruising speed so long distance cruising is very economical.