Welcome to Newport, sailing capital of the world and home to one of the prettiest harbors in the United States! Step aboard the 80 foot schooner Aquidneck and recall a time when nautical artisans spent a lifetime mastering their crafts as you take in the flag blue hull, elegant varnished trim, traditional gaff rigging, pinrails, coiled lines and 4 billowing sails of this turn-of-the century style schooner. Aquidneck is 80 feet long with a 17 feet beam and 2000 sq ft. of sail area.
Designed by world reknowned naval architect Charles Wittholz, whose plans are in Mystic Seaport, Aquidneck is an accurate reproduction of a late 1800's coasting schooner that was built specifically to carry guests in safety and comfort. She is named after Aquidneck Island, the island on which Newport, Rhode Island is located and is an Indian name meaning "Isle of Peace."
Comfortable teak seats with back rests and perfect-height cabin tops provide plenty of room for seating and lounging. Unlike many modern seating layouts that don't allow guests to move around, Aquidneck's traditional wide side decks afford plenty of room for guests to move about and take in the views with ease.
Although the wind and tide vary and we try to sail as much as possible, on all trips 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 USCG licensed captains and crew all know the history of the bay, and will offer light, informative commentary.
-Guests may help raise sails and participate in the sailing or sit back and relax.
-Morning, afternoon and sunset sails, 7 days a week. Start your day with a Morning Mimosa Sail or join us for a classic afternoon cruise or Champagne Sunset Sail.
Sails are approximately 1 2/3 hours, with four to five scheduled departures daily.