Setting Sail on July 4th
A sailing adventure with Mr. Badger & Co in Rhode Island.
Photography by Maaike Bernstrom.
Mr. Badger was built in 1957 in Lemwerder, Germany at the highly regarded Abeking and Rasmussen Shipyard. Out of the 103 designed and built 102 still remain. These yachts are said to transcend time and space with master craftsmanship and an excellent sheer. The Concordia Yawl is known as one of the most renowned racing and cruising boats in all of yachting.
A photo of “Mr. Badger,” Richard Hemenway Hutchinson from 1973 in Seal Cove Harbor, Isle au Haut, ME.
Meet the crew
DENIS DOWLING – CAPTAIN
A true mariner at heart, Denis started his sailing career as a small boy aboard his parents 24′ Buccaneer. He felt at peace on the sea, intrigued by its power, and yearning for more. Denis holds a 200 Ton Master’s Certificate with a celestial navigation endorsement and has run hundreds of successful charters all over the world.
He has restored ancient wooden vessels and built new ones. He’s climbed the peaks of Zagorochoria hidden deep in the mainland of Greece, run rivers of the western United States, sailed for and against ten-meter waves, said goodnight to many a sunset over the horizon, and accrued over 100,000 nautical miles. Denis is at home under sail and always happy to share his knowledge and sea stories as you ply the waters of New England aboard Mr. Badger.
ALLIE MEDEIROS – MATE
A native Aquidneck islander, Allie grew up amidst the hardy seafaring folk of New England. She always admired the transient lifestyle of a sailor, but aside from friendly summer dinghy races, her wanderlust was usually tended to ashore. Then, one chilly October Day, Allie spied the happiest little boat that ever plied the waters of the Narragansett Bay. The Carriacou Sloop, Summer Wind, was calling to her and Allie answered whole-heartedly. She fell in love with life at sea and began traveling extensively under sail. Over the past five years, the craft has given her the opportunity to spend time in a dozen countries and sail the waters of three seas and two oceans. Ever ready to throw off the dock lines, Allie’s warm smile and hospitable nature make her a most felicitous member of the crew.
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Mr. Badger Log entry July 4, 2020:
Captain’s Log: Set off this morning for Wharton’s Cove in Jamestown. Beautiful clear conditions with 20kt winds from the southwest. Jib and Jigger sail plan had Mr. Badger moving easy in the breeze. We laid the old Hutchinson mooring around 18:00 and went ashore to find some supper and make camp up at Bull Point. Clams galore in the shallows at Old Salt Works beach, and not a soul to be seen. Tranquil evening under the stars playing music. This place holds true magic and always bears a sense of home. A beautiful day in all regards.