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:
Sailing in New England is great fun, exciting and educational.
Not to mention the great food!
It is no wonder that Block Island is one of New Englands
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 Islands marine activities including fishing, sailing,
diving, windsurfing, kayaking or just relaxing on your boat
at anchor or in one of the Islands marinas.
Block Island Harbors
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
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 Harbors anchorage is located at the southern end
of the harbor, near Little Ida Lewis Rockknown 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.
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
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,
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
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
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.
Anchor at one of the three state guest moorings at Potters
Cove. There are also 5 guest moorings at Prudence Bay Island
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 Sachusets
can be difficult in north or east winds.
Providence Rhode Island
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
Anchor between Nortons Shipyard and the East Greenwich
Anchor in the middle of Smith Cove.
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.
Anchor in Wickford Cove along the breakwater wall on the south
side of the harbor.
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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Portsmouth, R.I. 02871
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