What are the best Newport sailing options?

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Melanie Nayer

At its heart, Newport is a sailing and yachting town. Home to the America’s World Cup, as well as various sailing and catamaran events throughout the year, Newport has a sailing opportunity for every level sailor. Whether you prefer to hoist your own sail or hire a crew to cater to you on the open sea, Forbes Travel Guide editors discovered some of the best sailing in New England in this coast Rhode Island town.

A perennially popular sailing boat is the Weatherly Sailboat. As one of the three surviving wooden America’s Cup Defenders from the 1960s, the Weatherly today offers sailing tours and private charters to guests. Cruises on the Weatherly aren’t easy to come by — those who have sailed this beauty say it’s an experience you’ll never forget — so plan ahead and make reservations if you want to take the turn on this historic boat.

If a traditional sail suits you, there are endless sailing options in Newport. If you’re staying overnight in Newport, your hotel will likely have a charter company they work with or a boat of their own that is available for guest rentals. Sailing charters are typically open to guests from Memorial Day to Labor Day, though some sailing companies do allow off-season sailing, based on the weather. We like Classic Cruises of Newport located on Bannister’s Wharf — they’ll take you on a leisurely trip of the Narragansett Bay in either a Bermuda-style schooner or speed motor yacht.

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