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, Aquidneck was designed to carry guests in safety and comfort. She is 80 feet long and her beam of 17 feet providies a smooth, stable and comfortable sail. Since you sail in protected water and are constantly moving 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. Teak benches and chair-height cabin tops provide comfortable seating and lounging for everyone. Her uncluttered decks and wide beam enable guests to move about with ease. 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!
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Note that tickets for all Public Sails are released for purchase only 14 days before sailing date.
Your tickets are valid only for the date and time purchased. Tickets may be cancelled and a 100% refund received, if you cancel at least 5 days before your sail. You may schedule a different date and time providing you make your change 5 days in advance of the sail. Once inside the 5 day period, tickets will be refunded only if your sail is cancelled by us due to weather. See below.
You really don't have anything to worry about. We want you to enjoy your sail, so we won't send you out in heavy rain, thick fog, high winds, or thunder and lightning. We won't leave the dock if it's about to start pouring rain. However we will sail if it's overcast, in light to medium fog and in very light, on-off sprinkles. We can't guarantee you a picture-pefect sunset and we will not cancel a "sunset sail" simply because it's cloudy. Over the years, we have had many enjoyable trips in less than ideal conditions.
There is an old saying in New England that "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute, it will change!" Therefore, we don't call off our trips when we first get the five day forecast that calls for "a chance of thundershowers." There are many trips that we have sailed when it has stopped raining only 10 minutes before departure! As a result, a decision to cancel a sail is usually only made very close to departure time.
The final decision to sail resides with us. If you've purchased a ticket and decide not to show up because of the weather and the boat sails, your ticket is non refundable.