Sightsailing of Newport
Sightsailing of Newport
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Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Newport, Rhode Island

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2023

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Steve Fiore
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Our Captain Jeff was phenomenal and the tour was the favorite part of our day in Newport and our week long trip to Rhode Island. Jeff gave us a history lesson of the Newport and Jamestown areas, shared his lifelong knowledge of sailing, engaged in great conversation, and had each of our kids steer the boat. I would highly recommend signing up for a tour and ask for Jeff.
Written July 29, 2020
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KarenFrPA
Nazareth, PA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Our original booking on the sunset cruise was cancelled because a storm was coming. The girl at the check in point was so nice and helpful! She rescheduled us to tge murnjng mimosa cruise and it did not disappoint in any way! She also automatically refunded the difference which showed up the next day. Matt was our captain, along with Hunter and Joel. They gave a great narrative, but did not overdo it. Perfect sail, perfect crew, will repeat when we return to Newport!! This was our first sail, and it will be hard to beat.
Written July 13, 2021
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Hi Karen: Thanks for your feedback. We're so glad to hear that you had a nice sail aboard Aquidneck and enjoyed Captain Matt, and crew members Joel and Hunter. We always strive to strike a balance between light yet informative commentary about the highlights on the bay as well as providing for a peaceful, low-key, relaxing sailing experience. And happy to hear to hear that our front desk staff was more than accommodating. I'll pass along your feedback to all. Hope to see you next time you're in town!
Written July 14, 2021
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thomasn484
Manalapan1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This was a last second decision however, I could not recommend it more. We did the Sunset Cruise on the Aquidneck and had to wait two days until their was an opening so, we recommend booking online before your trip. However, staff and crew were very friendly and overall BEYOND worth the money.
Written August 3, 2020
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Jacqueline S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
I never write reviews but this one had to be done. I booked a private charter sunset cruise for a surprise engagement. We met Sophie our captain who was hands down the best, instantly made us all feel so comfortable and was unbelievably the most genuine person that it felt like she was part of our friend group. The engagement went so smooth and my now fiancé didn’t have a clue, all along Sophie had the heads up and didn’t spoil it one bit, positioned us perfectly at the right time for the most perfect proposal. I couldn’t have asked for a better captain, she made it for smooth sailing and good conversation. I would highly recommend if you choose to book with sightsailing you request Sophie, as I will be doing in the future for many more trips around the harbor to come
Written May 31, 2021
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We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your engagement sail with captain Sophie aboard Starlight. Starlight is a great boat for private sails for 2-6 guests. Congratulations on your engagement and thanks for your feedback! We hope to see you on your next visit to Newport!
Written June 9, 2021
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Kim R
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We had a Monday afternoon sale and it was so much fun! They are running at half capacity so there is plenty of space between guests. They provide hand sanitizer and ask you to sanitize as you step onto the boat. Captain and crew all wore masks when they were near the guests, or each other. Guests had to keep masks on while in port or walking around on deck but they could be removed once we were out on the water. Definitely book an afternoon cruise if you can. The winds are best for sailing during those times. You can bring on your own food and drink, or they sell a few alcoholic beverages. Perfect way to spend a few hours in the afternoon.
Written July 16, 2020
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neeleysara
Temecula, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We took our four oldest grandchildren to Newport as part of our eastern trip. We needed a break between Boston and New York City and we had never been to Newport. Our day to sail ended up being rainy so we toured the mansions and were able to postpone our sail a day. The kids loved it! Our captain, Jeff, was fun and had lots of stories to tell he let the kids man the steering wheel and made the trip all the more enjoyable. Seeing the bay from a boat was unforgettable and we highly recommend it. Sight sailing is so much better than just sight seeing!
Written July 25, 2022
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Hi: We're so glad that you enjoyed your private charter on Starlight and Captain Jeff. Jeff is a highly experienced sailor and a wealth of knowledge about Newport and Aquidneck Island. Happy to hear that the weather cooperated and that your kids got to take the helm! Thanks for your feedback!
Written August 14, 2022
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travis834
Boothbay Harbor, ME1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Everyone was great, especially the captain and crew. They made us all feel right at home from the minute we stepped on board the boat. The Sightsailor was the perfect boat for our group of 9 and we all could sit comfortably in the cockpit. It was the highlight of or trip to Newport.
Written July 28, 2020
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CallieBanana
Bolton, MA55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We took a personal afternoon sailing trip and were very pleased. Our Captain was friendly and knowledgeable and seemed to really enjoy sailing. The wind isn't always as cooperative as one would like but he did his best to give us a great sailing experience and to point out certain areas of interest along the Bay.
Written July 28, 2020
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ORFdoc
Norfolk, VA26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
I chartered SightSailer for an hour and a half cruise of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. My party of 9 spanned three generations and included children ages 4 and 6 who would not be allowed on the larger boats that charge by the head. Though the wind was light, the larger sail area of the Saightsailer, originally designed for Lake Pontchartrain, moved along nicely. The captain allowed me to take the helm for much of the sail. My daughter and son-in-law enjoyed the pushpit seats, and my brother took some great photos of the family from the same vantage. Given the size of our party and the personal attention we received, the price was reasonable.
Written August 27, 2021
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Hi: So, glad to hear that you enjoyed your private charter on Sightsailer. Sightsailer is the perfect boat for private sails for up to 13 guests. Glad you enjoyed her light air sailing performance and that your kids had the chance to do some sailing! Sounds like the swiveling stern seats were a hit! Thanks for your feedback!
Written August 30, 2021
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lbuchalter2
Greenwich, CT1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We recently enjoyed a sunset sail with Sophie and had the most memorable experience! Sophie is such an impressive captain and truly likable person. She maintains exceptional control over the vessel with ease, all while making interesting conversation, and sharing facts and history about the area and her adventures on the water. Our sail was planned as a fun date night while our daughter was at camp, however I would highly recommend Sophie in any capacity (family, young children, teens, business, solo, engagements, etc). She's such a standout that we plan to bring our 11-year old daughter to Newport so she too can meet Sophie and enjoy sailing with her!
Written August 30, 2022
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