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Address: 32 Bowen's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-849-3333
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Description: Sightsailing of Newport offers daily sailing cruises, tours and private...
Sightsailing of Newport offers daily sailing cruises, tours and private sailing charters in Newport aboard the sailing vessels Aquidneck, Sightsailer and Starlight. Aquidneck and Sightsailer were built specifically to take people sailing who have never sailed before. Both are very smooth sailing; seasickness is never an issue. Both offer tickets for public sails and are available for private charters. Aquidneck is an 80' schooner. She is comfortable, stable and offers a relaxing sailing experience. She sails comfortably with up to 49 guests. Sightsailer is a 46, comfortable yet racy sloop, which gives a greater sensation of sailing than Aquidneck. She sails comfortably with up to 13 guests. Starlight is an O'Day 34' sloop that offers the feel of sailing on a private yacht since it sails by private charter only with just 2-6 guests. Starlight is luxurious and comfortable.Aquidneck sails 7 days a week from May-October.Sightsailer and Starlight sail 5 days a week (Thursday thru Sunday)in July and August and weekends only in June and September.
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Aquidneck harbor cruise to observe the Volvo Ocean Race

We came across this by chance when looking at the Discover Newport website. It was a great choice from which to see the start of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The skipper, crew... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Mansfield, Ohio
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Mansfield, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We came across this by chance when looking at the Discover Newport website. It was a great choice from which to see the start of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The skipper, crew and shore team were very friendly and helpful. Refreshments and drinks were not served but the water sold at the office for $1 was the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Crew was very, very nice and helpful. They know their history and took great care to get the family involved and insure everyone's comfort. Mother Nature didn't play nice and threw a bunch of fog at us, which could have put a damper on things but the crew and management handled it well. Will return on a sunnier day!

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The sunset tour was beautiful. The captain and crew were friendly and allowed their sailors to get involved in the process, which made it more fun. Each person was given wine or beer to sip on during the sail. We had a perfect night and the sunset was amazing. The crew also gives your the history of many of the... More 

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John H, Owner at Sightsailing of Newport, responded to this review

We are glad that you had an enjoyable sail with us! We hope the rest of your Newport trip was fun! Thanks for your feedback! More 

Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We visited Newport and wanted to go on a sail boat ride. Being the end of the tourist season there were not many selections since the boating season was wrapping up. I did have a few companies to choose from but I picked Sightsailing because I really liked their online video. We were very pleased. The boat was a beauty,... More 

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Newport-on-Tay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We were travelling through Newport and had only a few hours to explore. Our Bay sight seeing trip had been cancelled and we wandered along Bowen's warf hoping to find another trip out into the Bay. The Aquidneck was ready to sail and with only a few minutes to go, they waited while we sorted out our car, before providing... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

Recently went on the starlight, one of sightsailer's smaller sailboats. These boats fit about 12 people including the crew, so it's a lot more intimate than their bigger boats. If you have a group of ten it would be perfect unless you don't mind getting to know the rest of the people in the boat. Either it's a great way... More 

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Western MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Heading into Newport over the beautiful bridges we wanted to take a sailboat to see some on water beauty. We went on the Aquidneck, but were a little disappointed that we barely left the dock. It was a 90 minute trip and we saw the "House on the Rocks" and Fort Adam but that's about it. We spend the time... More 

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John H, Owner at Sightsailing of Newport, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for taking the time to write and let us know that your experience didn't match your expectations. Due to the nature of sailing, one often must make crisscrossing "tacks" when traveling upwind on part of the trip. This can sometimes cause you to see the same sight more than once, although from a different angle. And eventually, the... More 

New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I wanted to do something on water for my friend's birthday and this was perfect. I chose to go on Starlight since it was a much smaller boat, with only about 10 people in total on it. It felt like our own chartered boat! We went sailing for around 2 hours and shared a bottle of champagne (you can bring... More 

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Greenfield, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Perfect day, perfect sail. Our first time sailing and it was heavenly for these 2 Midwestern land-locked sailors. Smaller boat let us feel it all. My husband was even able to drive a little bit. Shout out to our crew, Becca and John, who patiently answered all our questions. Highly recommended.

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East Hartford, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We picked the right boat for the light winds we experienced that July day. This unique design sailed smartly around the harbor. Captain John and mate Rebecca were capable of answering our questions without being pushy with unrequested information. If you're looking for a nice, relaxing but informative cruise, this is it.

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