Home of the America’s Cup for fifty years, Newport earned the nickname “Sailing Capital of the World.” Our monohull bareboat chartering class is offered at this location.
We offer our bareboat chartering course at the Rhode Island base, and it serves as a destination for one of the offshore passagemaking courses. Details on these courses can be found in the course catalog. For the dates of upcoming courses in Newport, see this schedule.
The location of Blue Water Sailing School’s marina in Jamestown, across the bay from Newport, is shown in the map at right (click the map for a full-size interactive version from Google). Follow these links for directions from nearby airports:
TF Green State Airport (major airlines)
Newport State Airport (private planes only)
Quonset State Airport (private planes)
Cozy Cab offers regular shuttle service from TF Green airport in Providence to the Newport area. If you drive yourself, the marina has a parking lot for your car. It’s unguarded, but we’ve had no problems with theft or vandalism.
If you’re coming to Rhode island from elsewhere in the northeastern states, it might be easier and more economical to take a train instead of fly. You can check schedules and fares at the Amtrak website. The nearest station to us is Kingston, RI (KIN).
Please see our BWSS fleet page for information about the yachts at this location.
Tall Ships Festival parade
photo by Paul Keleher
If you’ll be arriving early or staying after your class is complete, Newport and Jamestown offer plenty of attractions to keep you entertained:
There are hotels conveniently close to our marina in Jamestown, including several small inns and bed & breakfasts. This interactive map shows a few places we recommend.
We actually went somewhere (Key Largo), rather than returning to the dock each evening. The course was made to be an adventure, as well as simply instructional. The weather was “made to order” — sun and gentle breeze Saturday through Wednesday, then Force 8 for our ‘foul weather instruction’ on Thursday.Read More Testimonials
I thought it was an excellent, challenging course. It definitely wasn’t a “cruise.” The instructor expected a lot from the students. I like that.Read More Testimonials
I have nothing but the utmost praise for your entire operation and the quality of the instruction that I received. Al Hatch is a consummate instructor and brings to this activity a love and a passion that is genuine and expansive. I hope to be able to return to Blue Water to experience some of the higher-level courses of instruction, and I certainly would have no trouble at all recommending your company to anyone.Read More Testimonials