For the money and the experience, I have always advised my guests that sailing excursions are one of the best attractions to give you a better perspective on Newport, Newport Harbor and the Narragansett Bay.
Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay are two of the most beautiful bodies of water in the United States. They also offer some of the finest sailing in the world. No where else can one so easily view world famous yachts, stunning seaside estates, vintage America's Cup Yachts and other visually arresting sights against the backdrop of a colonial town and beautiful rocky shoreline.
Most charters take you through Newport Harbor, into the East Passage of Narragansett Bay where the Newport Bridge is, along Newport's Ocean Drive out towards the Inn at Castle Hill and the open ocean. Along the way you will see Goat Island (where the Navy made most of the torpedoes used in WWII), Fort Adams (the largest, best preserved fort on the East Coast), historic churches, Clingstone (a one of a kind house perched on rocks), Hammersmith Farm, (the summer Whitehouse of JFK) yacht clubs, yachts of the rich and famous and countless other sights. The scenery really is spectacular!
For more information about picking a sailing/ boating excursion or planning your Newport itinerary, call the Ivy Lodge at 1-800-834-6865 for outstanding advise on exploring the best of: walking/hiking, attractions, beaches, dining, shopping, we will guide you through the best experiences in Newport.
Add one of these excursions to your trip:
Discover beautiful Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay aboard the 80 foot Schooner Aquidneck. Daily day and sunset sails. Rates start at $27.50 pp. Corporate and private charters. Sails aboard Sightsailer and Starlight are available for small groups. Take the wheel and sail or sit back and relax. No experience necessary.
Sail aboard the legendary America's Cup 12 Meter yachts! Our beautiful 70-foot yachts are available for customized charters including Corporate Events, Private Parties,Team-building, Wedding Events, Sunset Sails and Racing Regattas. Actively participate in the sailing or just sit back and enjoy - no sailing experience is necessary!Ticketed Sails $68/person.
Built in 1999 by Scarano Boat Building, Adirondack II is reminiscent of a classic turn-of-the-century Pilot Schooner. Like the Pilot Schooners that worked the coast throughout the 19th century she is a wooden hulled traditionally rigged schooner and is a working boat known for her elegant profile and surprising speed. At 80 feet, she provides a comfortable, safe, high-performance sailing experience.
America's Cup Charters offers the largest fleet of America's Cup Winners in the world. Race, train or just relax aboard our legendary 68' classic 12 Meters. With over 20 years in operation, we excel in planning custom programs for our clients; be it teambuilding, client entertaining, regatta racing or family celebrations. America's Cup Charters is a full service charter company. We also offer an additional selection of fine classic sail or power yachts for charter.
The Schooner Aquidneck ("Ahquid-neck") is named after Aquidneck Island, the island on which Newport is located! She is a traditional, gaff rigged, topsail schooner. With a length of eighty feet and a massive beam of 17 feet, Aquidneck is our largest boat and one of the largest day sail schooners in New England.
We offer sailing tours and excursions on our 72' Schooner Madeleine. The sailing yacht Madeleine offers 19th century charm and style as you cruise the bay. Our high speed motor yacht boat tours on the classic speedboat RumRunnerII bring the intrigue and luxury from her smuggling days to your day as you cruise the waterfront. Both of these boat rides are available for daily harbor tours and sunset cocktail cruises.
Classic Cruises also operates the 160'sailing Cruise Yacht Arabella offering 5 and 6 night voyages out of Newport sailing to Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard during the Spring, Summer and early Fall and the Caribbean in the winter. www.cruisearabella.com
The sailing yacht Madeleine, power boat RumRunner II and the Tall Ship Arabella are available for private charters and special events such as class reunions, birthdays, weddings and corporate outings. Make your special occasion more memorable with a sail or classic yacht boat cruise.