Public Sails

Public sails in Newport are fantastic! Newport is the sailing capital of the United States and home to one of the prettiest harbors in the world!

Sit back and relax or get involved as we sail you through Newport Harbor, into Narragansett Bay and along the shoreline of Newport’s picturesque Ocean Drive.  You’ll get great views of the Pell Bridge; Fort Adams, the largest coastal fortification in North America; Clingstone, “the house on a rock” and Hammersmith Farm, the former Summer Whitehouse of President Kennedy.  Vintage America’s Cup boats, lighthouses, super yachts and weekly races are common sights.  No sailing experience is required on our public sails!

Our captains and crew know the history of the sights and will point out the highlights with light, informal commentary.  No two trips are exactly alike since the wind and tide vary daily and we try to sail as much as possible.

Guests are welcome to help raise sails, take the wheel and sail or relax and enjoy the sights.  Since we sail in protected waters, the sailing is very smooth.  Queasiness, even for our most apprehensive guests, is never an issue!

Whether you’ve never set foot on a sailboat, or are an old salt, Sightsailing’s public sailing cruises in Newport are legendary, enjoyable and fun for all!
See Newport.  Sail Newport!

We offer daily public sails aboard Aquidneck and Sightsailer. Each offers a different sailing experience.  Read more about our boats on Our Fleet page.
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Ready to Sail?  Book online or call (401) 849-3333.

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Schooner Aquidneck

Aquidneck sailing in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.  Newport is spectacular from the water and the sailing is legendary.

Sightsailer

Our nimble 46' sloop Sightsailer knifing along. Designed by Newport naval architect Yves-Marie Tanton, Sightsailer is a delight to sail!  

Clingstone

Built by the Wharton family from Philadelphia in 1904, Clingstone has a fascinating history and has weathered many a winter storm.

Schooner Atlantic

You never know what you may see on a sail!  Here is the 2010 Sailing yacht Atlantic, a magnificent replica of the 1903 William Gardner designed three-masted sailing schooner Atlantic, owned by Ed Kastelein. The 1903 sailing schooner was a long time world record holder for crossing the Atlantic Ocean under sail.  In 1905 she won the Kaiser Cup from New York to The Lizard. The record held firm for almost a century, when it was broken in 1998. It is the longest standing speed record in yachting history.

Castle Hill Lighthouse

Castle Hill Lighthouse marks the entrance to Narragansett Bay and has welcomed sailors from all over the world to Newport for over 100 years.  The lighthouse is the finish line for many trans-Atlantic races.  One can walk down to the lighthouse by visiting the Inn at Castle Hill, one of our favorite spots.   Read more in our blog

Raising sail on Aquidneck


Feel like a little arm workout?  Guests may help raise sail on Aquidneck or sit back and relax.

Heave-ho!

Heave ho!

Fort Adams

Fort Adams was built by the U.S. Army after the British burned Washington in the war of 1812.  It marks the entrance to Newport Harbor and is the largest coastal fortification in North America.   It took 33 years to complete and never saw any wartime action. Today the fort is the home of the annual  Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals.  It's open to the public, has superb views of the bay and is a great place to tour! 

Hammersmith Farm

Hammersmith Farm was built by the Auchincloss family and was the summer home of Jacqueline Bouvier, who later married Senator John F. Kennedy at St. Mary's Church in downtown Newport.  Their wedding reception was held on the grounds and Hammersmith Farm was considered the 'Summer Whitehouse' of President Kennedy.  Kennedy loved to sail the waters off Newport and there are plenty of pictures of him and the First Lady sailing here.  We'll tell you more when you come for a sail!