Sailing Excursions Inc. of Newport (Rhode Island), located in Bowen's Wharf, currently operates the 1890's style pilot schooner the Adirondack II, which is available for tours and excursions in the Newport Harbor.

The Adirondack II is an 80-foot sail vessel built in the tradition of the pilot schooners that were popular around the end of the 19th century. Back then, pilot schooners patrolled the major New England harbors, waiting for tall ships coming into port. Upon their arrival, the pilot schooner would sail up to meet them and deposit a "pilot" aboard these ships. The pilot would then assist in navigating the ship to safe harbor.

These days the Adirondack II is helping tourists and local sight-seers navigate the shores of Newport, guiding them to the most beautiful scenery between land and sea.

Join us for a gorgeous day or night sail aboard Adirondack II, where you'll experience Newport like you never have before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Excellent time!! Highly Recommend
Sun, Oct 18, 15  2:30 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: Newport Dark and Stormy Schooner Cocktail Sail
Crew was great and personable. We all had a great time. The sail was beautiful and smooth. Drinks were great!
Rating: 5
Fun, informative, entertaining
Fri, Oct 16, 15  2:30 PM Female 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
Attended: Classic Afternoon Schooner Sail
We were visiting my adult son, who recently moved to New England. This turned out to be the perfect activity for us! It was fun and exciting, while being very relaxing. The crew kept us entertained with tales of local history and buildings that we sailed by. What a lovely way to see the harbor and its mansions.
Rating: 5
Excellent experience
Fri, Oct 16, 15  2:30 PM Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
Attended: Classic Afternoon Schooner Sail
I had a great time on the schooner sail. The boat was great and the tour guides were friendly and informative. The views were absolutely amazing. Three dollar drinks were also a treat. Overall a very enjoyable experience for the money.
Rating: 5
Great sailing fun!
Mon, Oct 12, 15  4:45 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Attended: Sunset Sail on the Schooner Adirondack II
Had a great time on the sunset cruise. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and friendly crew, stunning views and scenery, I couldn't ask for a better experience. Would go again!!
Rating: 5
The Best Birthday Gift Ever!
Mon, Oct 12, 15  2:45 PM Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Attended: Classic Afternoon Schooner Sail
My husband loves to sail. This excusion is what he asked for this year. We were expecting a leisurely ride (the ship is pretty big and it takes a lot of wind to power it) but we were very pleasantly surprised. The wind was 11 knots and we were told that we were traveling at approx 9 knots! Fantastic trip! We are planning on doing one next year!!