With the Volvo headed back in a few months and a new State law passed last month to bring more and bigger sailing events to the Ocean State, Rhode Island may be the hottest sailing community in the country. The Captain of Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel is hot too, but for different reasons: He took the Oliver Hazard Perry out earlier this week and did his best impression of a ping pong ball in Newport Harbor, using at least four yachts and powerboats as fenders in the process.
Watch the video to see why you don’t take a full-rigged ship off the dock in 25-30 knots of onshore breeze – and if you do, you make sure you don’t foul both props with a dockline! What could they have done once propulsion was gone? Let ’em know in the dicussion thread, and tip o’ the hat to SA’er BrickTopHarry for the find.