I’m on a Boat! Tips for a Novice Sailor in Newport, RI

I'm on a Boat! Tips for a Novice Sailor in Newport, RI | Southern New England Weddings | Photo by Rebecca Arthurs

Who says that #TravelTuesday has to involve a plane ride? Even for this Newport-based lass, any chance I can get out on the water is an adventure that temporarily quenches my wanderlust. There are probably more ways to get sailing in Newport than there are Starbucks in Seattle, whether you don’t know which end of a boat is the bow (it’s the pointy one) or you’re a seasoned old salt with multiple pairs of yellow rubber foulies to your name.

I'm on a Boat! Tips for a Novice Sailor in Newport, RI | Southern New England Weddings | Photo by Rebecca Arthurs

If you’re a DIY type, you can learn the ropes in small craft through Sail Newport‘s adult instruction programs. For something a little more relaxing, check out 12 Meter charters for a chance to sail aboard a classic America’s Cup boat (or, rather, watch other people sail it while you enjoy a dark and stormy). Personally, I’m more of a schooner bum than a yachty, so I’d probably hitch a ride on one of the many old vessels that hark back to the age of working sail in town, like the Aurora, which offers a lobster boil and sunset sail every Wednesday night.

If you’re still worried about looking like a poser landlubber in your brand new Sperry Topsiders, Gothamist will come to your aid with the article Sailing in Newport For Dummies. Worst case scenario, just start singing this song and you’ll fit right in:

 

Photo Credit: Rebecca Arthurs

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