On a Newport sailing cruise aboard Aquidneck, we sail through Newport Harbor, into Narragansett Bay which is where the Newport Bridge is and along the shoreline of Newport's Ocean Drive. The sights are spectacular and the sailing is generally first rate. Guests may help raise sails and participate in the sailing or sit back and relax. Sails are approximately 1 3/4 hours, with four to five scheduled departures daily.
Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay are two of the most beautiful bodies of water in the world. They also offer some of the best sailing conditions in the U.S.! No where else can one so easily experience superb sailing conditions while viewing stunning seaside estates, famous yachts and other visually arresting sights set against the backdrop of a colonial town and beautiful rocky shoreline.
Although we do not follow a set route, you'll see the major sights including Goat Island, where the U.S. Navy made most of the torpedoes used in WWII, Fort Adams, one of the largest forts on the East Coast, Hammersmith Farm, the summer Whitehouse of JFK and Clingstone, an iconic home perched on a rocky outcropping. Vintage America’s Cup boats, lighthouses, superyachts and weekly races are common sights.
Our captains and crew all know the history of the bay and will point out the highlights and provide light narration. We'll also happily answer any of your questions.
Named after Aquidneck Island, the island where Newport, Rhode Island is located, Aqudneck is elegant, comfortable and sails well. She was designed specifically to take guests sailing on cruises, so there are plenty of comfortable places to sit or lounge, including teak benches and chair-height cabin tops, as well as a large amount of open, uncluttered deck space enabling guests to move about, socialize or take pictures with ease. She is 80 feet long with a 17 feet beam. This provides a smooth, stable and comfortable sail. Since you sail in the protected waters of Narragansett Bay, are constantly moving and in fresh air, seasickness is never an issue.
Designed by legendary naval architect Charles Wittholz, Aquidneck was built by a family of shipwrights on Long Island who have been building boats since the 1600's. Reminiscent of coasting schooners built to carry passengers and freight at the turn of the century, a schooner sail in Newport aboard Aquidneck is fun for all ages!