On a Newport sailing cruise find yourself transported (in every sense of the word) aboard the historic, 80 foot schooner Aquidneck. Recall a time when nautical artisans spent a lifetime mastering their crafts as you take in the elegant varnished trim, traditional gaff rigging, pinrails, coiled lines and 4 billowing sails of this turn-of-the century style schooner.
SInce we try to sail as much as possible, don't follow an exact route and wind and tide vary during the day, 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. Many consider Newport Harbor to be one of the prettiest in the United States and Newport to be the sailing capital of the world!
Our USCG licensed captains and crew all know the history of the bay, and will offer light, informative commentary however this is not a cruise with constant narration. We want you to enjoy the sailing as well as the sights!
Guests may help raise sails and participate in the sailing or sit back and relax.
Named after Aquidneck Island, the island where Newport, Rhode Island is located, Aqudneck is elegant, comfortable smooth sailing and stable. She sails the protected waters of the bay and sound. She is 80 feet long with a 17 feet beam and 2000 sq ft. of sail area.
Aquidneck was designed specifically to take guests sailing, 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 with ease.
-Morning, afternoon and sunset sails, 7 days a week. Start your day with a Morning Mimosa Sail or join us for an afternoon cruise or Champagne Sunset Sail.
Sails are approximately 1 2/3 , with four to five scheduled departures daily.
Sightsailing has been operating in Newport for over 25 years and has the distinction of being the city's oldest, locally owned company offering regularly scheduled sails and private charters. Native Newporter John Hirschler founded Sightsailing after college before returning to business school. John enjoys his role with company and still works there to this day. We take great pride in and enjoy what we do!