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Setting Sail in Newport, Rhode Island: A Guide to Your Sailing Charter Adventure

Newport, Rhode Island, often heralded as the sailing capital of the world, offers an unforgettable experience on the waters of Narragansett Bay. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a first-timer, embarking on a sailing charter here is not just about navigating the waters; it's about embracing an entire culture steeped in maritime history. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you can expect from your sailing adventure with McCurdy Sailing in Newport.

Step 1: Choosing Your Charter

Your Vessel: Hurrah (36 feet in length) is our beautiful Catalina cruising yacht designed with comfort in mind. She comfortably seats up to 6 people, whether you prefer to sit in the cockpit or in full view of the ocean out on the bow. Read more about Hurrah.

Booking Your Trip: It's advisable to book your sailing charter in advance, especially during the peak summer months. You can book directly through our website or call us at 401.236.5005

Step 2: Preparing for Your Trip

What to Bring: Pack light, but be prepared. Essential items include sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a light jacket or windbreaker—weather on the bay can be unpredictable. Don’t forget your camera to capture stunning ocean vistas and perhaps a glimpse of wildlife.

Safety and Orientation: Prior to departure, you'll receive a safety briefing from your captain. This will cover basic boat safety, use of life jackets, and what to do in an emergency. Pay close attention, even if you are an experienced sailor.

Step 3: Setting Sail

Departure: Our pickup location is right in Downtown Newport at Perrotti Park. As you set sail, enjoy the view of the harbor and the famous Newport Bridge. Feel the thrill as the sails catch the breeze and whisks you away out into the Bay.

Learning the Ropes: You’ll have the opportunity to learn basic sailing techniques from our experienced and licensed Captain. You'll learn how to raise and trim the sails and steer the boat.

Step 4: Exploring Narragansett Bay

Scenic Views: Narragansett Bay offers breathtaking scenic views—historic lighthouses, sprawling estates along the coastline, and pristine nature preserves. Each turn offers a new photo opportunity and a chance to admire Rhode Island’s stunning coastal beauty.


Step 5: Returning to Port

Sunset Sails: If you’ve opted for an evening charter, and depending on the weather, you'll witness one of Narragansett Bay's spectacular sunsets. Watch the sky turn brilliant shades of orange and pink—a perfect end to a beautiful day on the water.

Docking: As your charter concludes, you’ll return to the dock. The approach to Newport Harbor at dusk, with the town’s lights beginning to twinkle, is always a beautiful sight.

Step 6: Beyond the Charter

Explore Newport: After disembarking, consider exploring more of Newport. The city is rich with maritime history, excellent seafood restaurants, and cozy waterfront shops. A stroll along the historic wharves and streets offers the perfect end to your day.

Conclusion

A sailing charter in Newport is more than a journey; it’s an entry into the heart of New England’s maritime heritage. With these steps in mind, you’re ready to set sail on a voyage that combines relaxation with adventure against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful settings on the East Coast. We can't wait to have you aboard!

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