Jul 3, 2008, 7:25 AM
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A number of years ago (?1996) we took our J/92 from Nova Scotia to Newport for the J/92 North Americans. Had a fun time and good racing at Ida Lewis Yacht Club. At the end of the regatta (tired, happy) we motored up from Ida Lewis to Wickford where the boat was to be hauled on the tide the next morning. As we motored up past Goat I. and Rose I. we were careful to watch the channel markers to stay off Gull Rocks. However ......... just at the point that we were looking up, saying 'isn't it wierd how those bridges always look so much lower than they really are ... always look like they're going to hit the mast' ......
Jamestown Bridge vs J92 Story
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we hit the mast!! Well actually, the windex and wind instrument wand hit the understructure of the old Jamestown bridge! If we had been 10 feet to port, we probably would have motored blissfully through. If we had been 10 feet to starboard, we probably would have taken the rig out of the boat and created all manner of damage. Guess it depends if you're a glass half-full or half-empty kind of guy.
Anyway, just the other day I came across half a windex which has been in my toolbox all these years! What I would like to do is mount it on a board, along with a good picture (or series of pictures) of the demolition of the bridge. I would add a suitable plaque to commemorate the event. What I need is a hi-res (suitable for printing) copy (or series of pics) of the demolition. I can find low-res versions on the web, but nothing that would print reasonably.
If anyone can help me out ..... please PM me. Thanks.