Sailing cruises aboard Aquidneck are often the highlight of a visit to Newport. Aquidneck is a beautiful and comfortable schooner for a relaxing Newport sailing cruise.
Aquidneck is named after Aquidneck Island where Newport, Rhode Island is located, and is an Indian name meaning ‘Isle of peace’.
She is an elegant and accurate reproduction of a late 1800s coasting schooner that was built specifically to take guests sailing in safety and comfort.
Aquidneck was built on Long Island in Southampton, New York by a family who has been shipbuilding since the 1600s!
She is one of several schooners designed by world-famous naval architect Charles Wittholz whose plans are archived in Mystic Seaport.
Aquidneck has plenty of comfortable places to sit and spread out including teak benches with backrests, chair-height cabin tops and deck boxes. She has wide side decks making it easy for guests to get up, move about, take pictures, and socialize with ease. Her layout enables one to easily look outboard to enjoy the sights as well as have a conversation.
Aquidneck’s traditional full keel design provides for a smooth and stable sailing experience. Since you sail the protected waters of Narragansett Bay, queasiness is never an issue. As one of our regular guests commented, “She rides like a Cadillac!”
Sailors and non-sailors alike enjoy their sail on Aquidneck. Guests may help raise sails, take the helm or sit back and relax. Sailing experience is not required!
Sail through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay past all the famous sights including Fort Adams, Hammersmith Farm, Clingstone and Newport’s Ocean Drive. Our captains and crew are knowledgeable about all the sights and will provide light, informative commentary.
We have blankets for cool evenings and light rain ponchos in the event of a passing shower.
For private charters, we have a large, elegant, mahogany table that holds caterer platters, as well as several Igloo coolers to hold beer, wine or champagne. There is a stereo system with an iPod interface. For private charter food and drink suggestions, see the Food and Drink section in our FAQ.
Aquidneck sails morning, afternoon, and at sunset, seven days a week. Start your day with a Morning Mimosa Sail or join us for a Classic Afternoon Cruise or Champagne Sunset Sail. Sails are approximately one hour and forty minutes.
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