On sunset sails, Newport’s southwesterly breeze often starts to moderate, so if you’re looking for a calmer and more leisurely cruise, a sunset sail should fit the bill.
As you’re leaving the dock, you’ll usually get a bird’s-eye view of mega-yachts docked at Bannister’s Wharf as well as vintage 12 Meter America’s Cup boats docked nearby. Your crew will raise sails (if you’re on Aquidneck we often ask for help raising sails which is a great picture taking opportunity as well as a mini-workout!), and then sail past Goat Island and into Narragansett Bay.
Depending on the wind and tide we may make it past the lawn at Castle Hill and it’s iconic lighthouse and poke our nose into Rhode Island Sound. Along the way, your friendly captain and crew will point out the sights and provide light, informative commentary.
Sunset cruises offer magnificent sightseeing! On sunset sails, you’ll depart Bowen’s Wharf and motor until we’re just clear of the Newport mooring field.
You’ll sail right past Fort Adams, which is the largest coastal fortification in the U.S. and home of the legendary Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, get great views of the Pell Bridge, which is the longest suspension bridge in New England, view Hammersmith Farm, the former Summer White House of President Kennedy and see Clingstone one of the coolest houses on a rock you’ll ever see.
Every sail is different, and although we can’t guarantee you a fiery, red ball and green flash as the sun sinks beneath the horizon, Newport sunset cruises can be spectacular!
Ticketed Sunset Sails on Aquidneck and Sightsailer include champagne, beer, and water in the ticket price. *Private charters on Sightsailer and Starlight are BYOB.
Starting this summer, an assortment of flavored, low calorie, gluten-free High Noon Hard Seltzers, voted “Best in Show”, will be available for purchase on Aquidneck sunset sails. Trust us, we sat around one winter’s day and taste-tested them. They’re good!
*Although complimentary champagne and beer are included in your ticket price, our sails are not “booze cruises”. We will serve a couple of rounds, however, we aim to create a peaceful, relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere for all guests to enjoy.
Sunset sails, even in the Summer, can be cooler on the water. We recommend bringing a sweatshirt or light jacket.
In the Spring and Fall, long pants are recommended. We have fleece blankets on board for guests to use. And of course, don’t forget your camera and sunglasses!