Charter Sailing in New England is great fun, exciting and educational. Not to mention the great food!

You’ll love sailing in the smallest state in the Union. It may be small, but it offers great anchorages, New England charm and colonial history. Newport is a great port to start your sailing charter. We will meet with you prior to your charter to give you the current information on the best anchorages. Here is a list of sailing destinations and a few tips and information:

Block Island
It is no wonder that Block Island is one of New England’s most popular vacation destinations! With its two beautiful harbors, over 300 fresh water ponds, and 20 miles of beautiful beaches, Block Island is a truly a Mariners Paradise. We hope that the information provided below will help you find out more about Block Island’s marine activities including fishing, sailing, diving, windsurfing, kayaking or just relaxing on your boat at anchor or in one of the Island’s marinas.

Block Island Harbors
New Harbor
Anchor in the southeastern part of the Navigation channel. New Harbor on the West Side of the Island, in the beautiful Great Salt Pond. Advantages: Completely enclosed salt pond has 3 large marinas, 100 town moorings and anchorage for 1000 yachts. Disadvantages: 3 minute taxi ride or 15 minute walk to town or to Crescent Beach.

Old Harbor
The outer harbor is the anchorage here, with easy access to nearby New Shoreham. Old Harbor on the East Side of the Island is protected by a breakwater and has limited space for dockage at the town dock. Advantages: Actually in the center of town. Disadvantages: Commercial ferry landing, limited dockage, little anchoring space inside the breakwater.

Newport Harbor

Newport Harbor’s anchorage is located at the southern end of the harbor, near Little Ida Lewis Rock—known in Newport as “the Spindle.” The Newport Harbormaster requests that boaters contact him on Channel 16 VHF for anchoring directions.

Lots of great things to do like winery tours, a biking along breathtaking Ocean Drive, or a hike along the renowned Cliff Walk. Walking tours range from educational jaunts highlighting history and architecture to the discovery of secret gardens and hidden colonial graveyards.

Those with young sailors will love the exhibits at the museums of naval heritage, yachting, art, history, science, and tennis.

Jamestown Harbor
Good anchorage is south of the ferry landing. Mackeral Cove is also recommended, except in southerly winds.

About the Island:
The Narragansett Indians called the island Quononaqutt. The settlers purchased the land from the Indians in 1657 renaming it to Conanicut and the settlement became the village of Jamestown in 1678.

For years ferryboats were the lifeline between the island and the rest of the world. After nearly 300 years of continuous service, the ferries stopped running on the west side of the island when the Jamestown Bridge opened in 1940 but continued until the completion of the Newport Bridge in 1969. Ferry service between Jamestown and Newport was re-established on the east side in 1995.

Points of Interest:
Beavertail Lighthouse and Museum -- Beavertail Point, Beavertail State Park. The l938 hurricane uncovered the original base of the third lighthouse established in America (l749), an interesting example of early Colonial stonework. The present granite tower, just north of the original light, was erected in l856. The point also offers spectacular views of Rhode Island's Atlantic coastline. Park-naturalist on duty. OPEN: Jun-Aug: 3 lectures/tours daily, Wed-Sun. 401-423-9941.

Fire Department Memorial Building -- 50 Narragansett Avenue. Exhibits include horse-drawn 1894 steam engine, other antique fire fighting equipment, and photographs. OPEN: Mon-Fri, 9-3 p.m. 401-423-0062.

Jamestown Museum (1886) -- 92 Narragansett Avenue. 19th century schoolhouse with permanent exhibit of memorabilia from Jamestown ferries and annual special exhibits. OPEN: Mid-Jun-end of Aug, Tue-Sat, 1-4 p.m. 401-423-0784.

Revolutionary Earthworks Battery -- Prospect Hill, off Beavertail Road. Second highest point on island. Outstanding view.

Sydney L. Wright Museum -- Jamestown Philomenia Library, 26 North Road. Indian and Colonial artifacts from prehistoric and early settlements on Conanicut Island.

Fort Wetherill State Park -- Former coastal defense battery and training camp. Fort Wetherill Road, Jamestown, Rhode Island

Fort Getty -- (On the west side of Conanicut Island) 32 acres, camping, boating, fishing, picnic tables, pavilion, fields, rocky beach, sand volleyball, playground. Fort Getty Rd., Jamestown (401)423-7264

Jamestown Windmill (1787) -- Located at Watson Farm. North Road, off Rte. 138. Owned by Jamestown Historical Society; recently restored. OPEN: Mid-Jun-mid Sep, Sat & Sun, 1-4 p.m., and by appt. 423-1798.

Watson Farm (1796) -- North Road. This 280 acre farm on Conanicut Island is a working farm with cattle, sheep, horses, chickens and a large garden. A 2-mile walking trail with alternate shorter routes provides a picturesque vistas of farmland and Narragansett Bay. Self-guided walking brochure describes history of the farm and region, annual cycles for plants and animals, natural resources, and current products of the farm. 401-423-0005.

Prudence Island
Anchor at one of the three state guest moorings at Potter’s Cove. There are also 5 guest moorings at Prudence Bay Island Park.

Sakonnet River, Tiverton
The Sakonnet River has several anchorage locations. Tiverton has a good spot on the east shore, but strong current between the two bridges in Tiverton Harbor can be a problem. Sachuset Cove and Fogland Harbor also have anchorages, although Sachuset’s can be difficult in north or east winds.

Providence Rhode Island

Bristol Harbor
Anchor south of the mooring fleet. Call the Bristol Harbormaster for a dock slip on Channel 16 VHF or by phone at 401-253-1700.

Named for Bristol, England, the town was incorporated in Plymouth Colony, Mass., in 1681, and joined Rhode Island in 1746. In the 18th century, Bristol merchants were engaged in the foreign shipping trade with the west Indies, Europe, and the Orient. In the 19th century, the town was active in whaling.

Church Street Pier: Nestled between a rug factory and a community center, this site offers a view of the urban waterfront of Bristol Harbor. No swimming or fishing is allowed from the pier which is next to the Prudence Island ferry dock. Parking near the pier is limited to boat owners, but two-hour parking is available on the street.

Herreshoff Marine Museum: Located on Burnside Avenue at the junction with Hope Street, this museum has yachts, photographs, and memorabilia documenting the accomplishments of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in Bristol. Although there is no direct access to the water, there is a view of Bristol harobr across the street. The museum is open 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, from May to October. There is a small fee.

And here are additonal points of interest!

Anchorage in Pawtuxet Cove is in the south basin, marked with white buoys.

East Greenwich
Anchor between Norton’s Shipyard and the East Greenwich Yacht Club.

Warren River
Anchor in the middle of Smith Cove.

Dutch Island
The best anchorage can be found between the eastern shore of the harbor and the wharf at Fort Getty.

On the east bank of Point Judith Pond, anchorage is available in Galilee, in the triangular, dredged basin.

Point Judith Harbor of Refuge
Anchor in the southern end of the harbor.

North Kingstown
Anchor in Wickford Cove along the breakwater wall on the south side of the harbor.

South Kingstown
Anchorage is on the west bank of Point Judith Pond, in Smelt Brook Cove or between Gardner and Beach Islands.

Anchorage for the Pawcatuck River is near run #16.
Anchor west of the Yacht Club inside the breakwater. Watch Hill Cove has three guest moorings.
Anchorage is also available on the north shore of Napatree Point, halfway between the point and the mainland.


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