Classic Afternoon Schooner Sail

Sailing Excursions, Inc.

Zerve Seller: SailNewport
Activity #1010

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If the date you are looking for is not currently listed in the schedule, please check back at this website frequently for updates. New events and sail times are added quite frequently, especially as the sail date draws near. Sails run May - October!

Our classic afternoon sails are the perfect way to see the sights of Rhode Island. Experience Newport like you never have on a sail aboard the Adirondack II, an 80 foot pilot schooner. A smooth, gentle sailing vessel with some speediness to boot, the Adirondack II offers a comfortable ride that is brisk and invigorating.

Within minutes of leaving the dock, you'll forget the distractions of life on land, as you experience the joy of a leisurely sailing cruise.

Enjoy the idyllic scenery of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, as you:
  • Feel the salty ocean breeze and bask in warm sun rays
  • See Newport Bridge - New England's largest suspension bridge
  • Take in views of historic lighthouses including Newport Harbor light with its famous green optic
  • Cruise by a 19th century military fort used in the Civil War and World War II
Your knowledgeable captain and crew are always ready to answer your questions about the sights and history of Newport Harbor and its surrounding areas. From interesting facts to old-time legends, the maritime world of Newport has many great stories to offer. Ask them anything you'd like to know!

During day sails, beer and wine are available for purchase ($3 or $4 per beverage), bottled local Yacht Club soda for $3 and water is provided on board at no cost. You might be able to talk the crew into making you a Dark and Stormy cocktail with local rum for $5. Those are generally reserved for the 5 PM sail. 

Come enjoy the ride, see the sights and have a drink with us!

What Is Not Included?

Food is not served during the sail, but please feel free to bring your own picnic!
The price of drinks is not included in the cost of your ticket, so please bring extra cash. Water will be provided on board at no cost.

Gratuity is not included in the price of your cruise. Parties of 10 or more will be contacted shortly after purchasing tickets to provide credit card information for an additional charge of 15% gratuity.

Meeting Location

Bowen's Wharf at America's Cup Ave & Mill St (Newport, RI) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
466 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Wonderful experience
Sun, May 15  2:30 PM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
This was an amazing sail--even better than I'd expected! The crew was wonderful: considerate, friendly, knowledgable, and welcoming. They made us feel comfortable and valued. I love the blankets offered, as it was a cold day. Great touch! We would do this again for sure. My kids loved it!
Rating: 4
afternoon sail
Sat, May 14  2:30 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
it was awesome ! the sun was shining and it was beautiful , it was very windy so it was chilly but they provided blankets ! drinks were awesome lots to choose from , definitely would do it again
Rating: 5
Fun, informative, entertaining
Fri, Oct 16, 15  2:30 PM Female 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
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
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
The Best Birthday Gift Ever!
Mon, Oct 12, 15  2:45 PM Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
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!!
Rating: 5
Relaxing, beautiful!
Sun, Sep 27, 15  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Having the perfect day for sailing plus an informative, entertaining crew made this a day to remember.
Rating: 5
Fri, Sep 25, 15  2:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was our first time on a sail boat. The crew were very informative about the boat and the area. Would highly recommend this activity. Excellent value as well.
Rating: 5
Sun, Sep 20, 15  2:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Great experience
Rating: 5
Sat, Sep 19, 15  4:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
This sail was exactly what my friends and I were looking for: a fun and different setting where we could all hang out together, as well as see Newport/Narragansett Bay in a different way. We brought snacks and beverages to enjoy on the schooner and learned some new information about the area. We even discovered a beautiful place to go watch the sunset after our ride from the information we were given during the sail. Thanks Schooner Sail guides!
Rating: 5
Sat, Sep 19, 15  4:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I had a great time on the Classic Sail! It was great to see the sights from the water!
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Do sails sell out frequently?
Sails often sell out, and are rarely open for booking more than a week in advance. Check the website or call the week of the date you would like to attend to check availability for public trips and to book as early as possible.
Why does the schedule only list events running in the next couple of weeks?
The Schooner Adirondack II is a very popular choice for private charter sailing. We therefore only open the boat to public sails a week in advance. If the date you are looking for is not currently listed in the schedule, please check back at this website frequently for updates. New events and sail times are added quite frequently, especially as the sail date draws near. (Many people also use the 'Email to a Friend' link to send themselves an email, so they can easily return to this page for schedule updates.)
What exactly do we see on the sail?
While each sail may differ due to wind and other conditions, we do try to follow the following route: heading south out of Newport Harbor, Schooner Adirondack II passes by a 19th Century Fort and and sails out to Castle Hill Light House while passing stately waterfront mansions and seven different yacht clubs. Fantastic views of the Newport waterfront on the way back to Bowen's Wharf.
Is there any narration on this sail?
There will be some light narration on the sail. The captain and crew will give some information about the sights we see along the way, but this is a relaxing, leisurely sail on Narragansett Bay.
What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a child?
For children between the ages of 4 and 11 tickets are $5.00 off. Tickets for children ages 3 and younger are $5.00. All participants need a ticket.
Is food served during the sails?
Food is not served on the our sails, but feel free to bring your own picnic with you on the sail!
How about drinks? Should I bring those?
No, it is illegal for you to bring alcohol of your own on board. For day sails, beer and wine is available for purchase at $3 or $4 per beverage. Local Yacht Club bottled soda is available at $3 per beverage and water will be provided on board at no cost.
Can I bring my own food or drinks on board?
Feel free to bring along your own picnic. However, personal drinks are not allowed. There will be both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase on board.
Is the Schooner Adirondack II safe?
Absolutely. While known for her speed, the Schooner Adirondack II is a safe and gentle vessel. Along with your captain, there is a minimum of two crew members on every sail to make sure you feel comfortable and at home on the water. We are stocked with water, beverages, blankets, pillows, and life jackets should you feel you need one. There is also a private marine head (bathroom) and salon below.
How steady is the sailing? Am I likely to get seasick?
The Schooner Adirondack II is a steady, gentle vessel. It is very rare for our guests to become seasick. While most people do not experience any sea sickness on the Schooner Adirondack II, you may want to consider light medication if you normally take it for motion sickness. We cannot officially advise you to take any medication, however.
Is there a bathroom on the boat?
Yes, the boat is equipped with a bathroom that is accessible at all times. We call it a "marine head" and it is unlike the bathroom you use at home. It involves pumping and there are simple directions posted in the bathroom on how to use it.
Is there an age limit for these sails?
While there is no age limit for the sails, all attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
I've heard about another Schooner Adirondack some place else before. Is this ship related to it?
The Schooner Adirondack II has a sister ship, the award-winning Schooner Adirondack, in New York City. The Schooner Adirondack also runs chartered sailing tours around the island of Manhattan.
Can I stow anything (eg, my briefcase) during the sail?
There is an area below deck where you may store your belongings. Please keep in mind that this area is not guarded, so we cannot take responsibility for any broken, lost or missing items. But we have not had any problems with items being left on prior sails.
Where does the sail finish?
Our sail will end at the same wharf from which it departed.
Can I get a refund or reschedule my tickets after buying them?
Because we are guaranteeing your space on the sail, tickets cannot be refunded once purchased. You may, however, reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) provided that you do so at least 24 hours before the scheduled start time for your sail. If you need to reschedule tickets that you already purchased, please contact us at the phone number or email listed on your eticket before this 24 hour deadline. The sail that you will be rescheduling for will not be for more than a week later. You may only reschedule your tickets once.
Do you ever cancel sails due to bad weather?
The sail usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather situations. The only time we cancel a trip is in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. Our captains monitor the radar to watch fronts and cells in the area on days when inclement weather is possible. Cancellations are made on the day of the sail, by the Captain, up to 1 hour prior to sail time. If you have purchased tickets for a sail that is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to to reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit towards a future event.
What happens if it starts raining when we're out on our sail?
Don't worry, we won't melt! Trips with a little wetness have proven to be some the most memorable bonding experiences for our guests. (This all depends on attitude of course...) If we are caught in a rain shower we have ponchos available for all of our guests aboard the Adirondack II.
Is the Adirondack II wheelchair accessible?
We regularly accommodate people in wheelchairs on our sails, but please keep in mind the wheelchair cannot wheel directly onto the vessel. In order to get from the dock onto the boat and comfortably into your seat, our staff will need to assist you.
Are group discounts available?
Sure! If you purchase 10 or more tickets at once, you'll get $3 off each ticket.
Can I book a private charter sail?
Yes, private sails on the Schooner Adirondack II can be a unique and elegant event for your group. If you are interested in booking a private sail, please contact us by clicking “Contact SailNewport” to the left of the page.
Are gift certificates available for this sail?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for this Sail, please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above. Also keep in mind that you can redeem your gift certificate in cash value towards any other sail we have!
How is my gift certificate delivered? Can I print it out now and give it to the recipient myself?
Yes, you can! When you purchase your gift certificate online, you will be presented immediately with your gift certificate so that you can print it out and deliver it. If you buy it over the phone, a link to your gift certificate will be emailed to you as soon as your purchase is completed.
What if I want the gift certificate emailed to the recipient instead?
That's no problem, either! When you purchase your gift certificate, just select the option to have the certificate emailed directly to the recipient and provide their email address. You'll even be able to decide whether you want the email sent immediately or if you'd prefer to schedule it to be emailed on a future date. (For instance, if you want to buy it today so you don't forget, but you don't want it emailed to the recipient until their special day!)
If I don't show up at the booth on time what happens?
If you have not called and are not at the booth for check in at least 5 minutes prior to departure, we reserve the right to resell your ticket on sold out sails. If we do resell your ticket we will reschedule you to another sail or refund your purchase price. Please allow enough time to park and get to our dock. We don't want you to miss your sail with us.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

All participants are required to have a ticket for this event.
This includes infants and toddlers, who under the age of 4 years are free, due to US Coast Guard Regulations.
Parties of 10 or more will be contacted for an additional gratuity charge of 15%.
Sailing Excursions, Inc. will contact you directly within 48 hours of your purchase to take your credit card information for the additional gratuity charge. You must be reachable at the telephone number and email you provide.
Must be at the booth at least 5 minutes prior to departure.
If you have not called and are not at the booth for check in at least 5 minutes prior to departure, we reserve the right to resell your ticket on sold out sails. If we do resell your ticket we will reschedule you to another sail or refund your purchase price. Please allow enough time to park and get to our dock. We don't want you to miss your sail with us.

Sailing Excursions, Inc.

The Schooner Adirondack II, sister ship to the award-winning Adirondack in New York City, is one of the fastest and most comfortable resident sail vessels in the Newport harbor. With ample deck space and seating for up to 60, she was built and designed for taking groups of people on spectacular sightsailing adventures.

The Adirondack II is operated by Coast Guard Certifed Captains and extremely friendly and talented crew. Known for their amazing hospitality, our staff is all professionally trained and experienced on sailing our vessel well and safely. They're also very knowledgeable about all the sights you will enjoy.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself. With wind behind the sails and amazing scenes in front of your eyes, everything is just breezy on the Adirondack II.
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