Private Sailing Charters

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Private sailing charters in Newport are a unique and enjoyable experience. Sailing in Newport with just your friends, family or coworkers is the quintessential Newport activity, fun and memorable for all!  Bachelorette parties, birthday parties, sails with family and friends or corporate outings are all great ideas to for a private charter.

What’s the difference between a Private Charter and a Public Sail?  Other than having the boat to yourselves, a private charter also allows you to have food and drink delivered or brought on board, listen to your own music, etc. See our FAQ section for more information on food and drink.

Guests are welcome to participate in the sailing or sit back and relax.  No sailing experience is required.

Ideas for Private Sailing Charters include but are not limited to:

Private Sailing Charters:

Choose a boat, date, and scheduled departure time.

We have three sailboats, Aquidneck, Sightsailer, and Starlight, all of which may be chartered for private sails. Starlight sails with a maximum of 6 guests, Sightsailer sails with a maximum of 13 and Aquidneck can take up to 49 people sailing!

In order to book a charter, determine the number of people in your party and choose the boat whose capacity closely matches your number of guests.

Please note that boat capacity numbers are determined by the Coast Guard and cannot be exceeded under any circumstance.  The Coast Guard considers every human being on the boat to be a person regardless of age, so a two-year-old counts the same as an adult in the total guest count.

Next, determine the desired date and choose one of the boat’s scheduled departure times for your sail.

You may see each boat’s scheduled sailing departures in the Schedules & Rates section. To book a private charter you need to choose one of the boat’s scheduled departures.

For Aquidneck or Sightsailer charters, the best way to get the ball rolling is to fill out the Private Charter Inquiry Form below.  We will respond to you quickly with available dates, times, information on food and drink, cancellation policies, etc.  Two-hour Private Sailing Charters aboard Starlight may be booked online.


Starlight Sightsailer Aquidneck
SAIL DURATION 2 hours 1.5 hours 1.75 hours
PRICE $400 $875/$925 Email for pricing

For more information on each vessel including schedules and rates, see Our Fleet.

For information about food and drink, weather, cancellations and other policies see our FAQ.



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Whether it’s relaxing with coworkers, entertaining clients, rewarding your top performers, sailing when the meeting is over, employee appreciation or activity for convention guests, corporate outings on the water are always enjoyable.  Guests may sit back, relax and take in the sights or help sail the boat.  Delicious food and drink may be easily arranged .

Aquidneck and Sightsailer are our two most popular boats for corporate events.  Aquidneck sails with a maximum of 49 guests while Sightsailer sails with a maximum of 13.

For information on Aquidneck: call John Hirschler at (401) 862-4718 or email us at:

For  information on Sightsailer: call us at (401) 619-0202 or email:


Milestone birthdays, graduation celebrations, family gatherings, or other special occasions are all great private charter ideas! Nothing beats showing your guests one of the prettiest harbors in the world while sailing the sparkling waters off Newport!  Guests may take the wheel and sail or sit back and relax.  Food and drink may be easily arranged.  We suggest Sightsailer for groups of 13 or fewer or Aquidneck for larger groups.  Email us at with your questions, or call us at (401) 619-0202.


Looking for the quintessential Newport experience and activity for your guests? Pre- and post-wedding sails aboard Aquidneck are sure to delight and are a terrific way to show your guests the splendor of Newport!

If you’re looking to tie the knot on the water, a Newport wedding aboard Aquidneck makes for a unique and unforgettable event.   Officiants, as well as food and drink, may easily be arranged.  We know every inch of the harbor and bay and can provide the perfect backdrop for your special day.
See our blog for more info on weddings.

Aquidneck sails with a maximum of 49 guests!  If you have a group larger than 49 we can help coordinate with several nearby schooners, to take up to 150 guests sailing!

See the Aquidneck page for more information.

Email us at with your questions, or call John Hirschler at (401) 862-4718 for pricing and additional information.


Bachelorette and bachelor parties in Newport on one of our boats are always a blast.  Sightsailer is our most popular boat for bachelorette and bachelor outings.  Sightsailer sails with a maximum of 13 guests and offers an exceptionally smooth, spirited and fun sail.   Food and drink for private charters may be easily arranged.  Plug your favorite music into our onboard stereo, or enjoy the peace and tranquility of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.  Groups of 6 or less may privately charter Starlight.  For groups larger than 13, we suggest joining a public sail on Aquidneck.

Send us an email with your questions,  or call (401) 619-0202 for information and charter bookings.  Please see our FAQ for answers to many frequently asked questions.


Looking for that special venue to pop the question in Newport?  There are not many places better or prettier than being aboard your private yacht in Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay!

Charter Starlight for a day or sunset sail with just the two of you and our captain.  Easily the most unique, private, and one of the more affordable ways to get a special setting for your big moment!

Relax as you sail past the magnificent seaside estates of Brenton’s Cove, out to Castle Hill lighthouse and along the shoreline of Newport’s scenic Ocean Drive.  Although you may take the wheel and help sail, sailing experience is not necessary.  Rates start at just $400 for a two-hour private sail.

See the Starlight page for more information. Book a private two hour charter  online or by calling (401) 619-0202. Please email us with your questions and see our FAQ for answers to many frequently asked questions.


You don’t need a special reason to take a private sail in Newport!  Newport is home to one of the prettiest harbors in the world, is the sailing capital of the United States, and has a legendary history.  Coming to Newport and not going sailing would be like visiting Aspen and not going skiing!

Call us at (401) 619-0202 with questions, or send us an email.


Want to have your group involved in the sailing?  We’ll offer your group a fun, challenging, and educational sail. From teaching sailing basics, to steering, raising sails, line handling, knot tying, timed approaches, and mark roundings we’ll have your group involved in sailing our boats.   With our hands-on approach, everyone will leave the boat knowing more and with big smiles.

Tell us what you’re looking for and we can probably tailor a program to make it happen!
Contact John Hirschler at (401) 862-4718 for more details.

  Starlight Sightsailer Aquidneck
Maximum # of guests 6 13 49
Sail Length 2 hours 1.5 hours 1.75 hours
Price $400 / 2 HR Charter Email for Pricing Email for Pricing

If your group exceeds 23, we require that you charter Aquidneck. Otherwise, your group can start to overwhelm other guests on board who are not part of your group.



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