Newport, RI is considered the sailing capital of the world and for very good reason: it possesses a very deep water harbor and consistent breezes year-round in its large harbor, Narragansett Bay to the north, and just off the south coast in Rhode Island Sound. These perfect sailing conditions and the focus of the sailing industry in America provided the perfect backdrop for the home of the America's Cup Races for many years. A good number of these America's Cup boats are still docked in Newport harbor and offer visitors a unique sailing charter opportunity, experiencing the thrill of sailing from a bygone era. These sailboats can be privately chartered for events and weddings, or you can take a harbor cruise on regularly scheduled times throughout the day culminating with a sunset cruise at the end of the day. If you want to get more involved, many boats will let you help out with the sails and even steering the boat while under way. For an even greater sailing experience, the America's Cup boats in Newport RI will let you use the grinders that move the sails and actively participate in keeping the boat balanced during sailing manuevers. That being said, if you have no sailing experience (and don't want any), you are always welcome to sit back and enjoy the ride without any participation at all. It's all up to you!
While taking a Newport RI harbor tour in Narragansett Bay and the ocean waters off Castle Hill, you will see a tremendous variety of sailboats and motor yachts from all over the world. With such a proliferation of classic vessels in Newport's harbor, sometimes it seems as if you are in a floating museum of sailing history. If you get an opportunity, get on a boat of any type for an unforgettable view of Newport and the surrounding islands. Seeing Newport from the ocean is something that everybody visiting the city of Newport should experience. The best times of the year to sail are in the early fall, when some of the Newport summer crowds have gone and Newport's ocean water is still very warm. Most days in September and even into October, you can go sailing with just a light jacket or sweatshirt and be very comfortable on the water. Summer is also a great time to be sailing, but there will be a lot more sailboats in Newport's harbor at this time of year.
Probably one of the best things about seeing Newport RI from the water is the fact that you will experience a completely different Newport than you will on land. From the water, you have unobstructed views of Newport's coastal mansions and homes, and can imagine Newport the way the first visitors did when they sailed into Newport Harbor for the first time. Out on the water, the din of the crowds, the smells of the restaurants and the busy summer activity of Newport fades away. Under sail in Newport Harbor all you will hear is the occasional flap of a sail or the splash of a wave against the side of the boat. Sailing offers a truly relaxing experience unlike any other and Newport has dozens of sailboats to explore from small 4-person boats to large 150-passenger replicas from the past two centuries.
Sit back, relax and take in the views as Adirondack II takes you on a safe and calm tour around Newport and its famous deepwater harbor. See Newport from a whole new perspective, with church steeples, mansions and sweeping lawns running down to the ocean's edge. A really fun experience for the whole family, regardless of age. Easy access for everyone.