With an extensive New England yacht charter cruising area, including Long Island, the islands of Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Maine, and Canada, along with the coasts of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Cape Breton, this sailing area is beautiful; heralded by:
- Wide sandy beaches and sand dunes, along with rocky cliffs and pine trees;
- Historic lighthouses and little fishing villages;
- Lobster pots rigged to catch Maine lobsters to be enjoyed freshly steamed on board;
- Waters filled with codfish, halibut, oysters, clams, mussels, crabs, and scallops for a bounty of fresh New England seafood.
New England means excellent seafood, great harbors, lovely anchorages, Colonial history, and fresh clean winds.
Board your boat in Newport, Rhode Island. There are several “must do” things in Newport, “the city by the sea.” The mansions are on the top of the list. These were merely summer cottages for the rich and famous following the Civil War. One of the best ways to appreciate the sheer beauty of the mansions is by walking the Cliff Walk, a three-and-one-half-mile path that hugs the coastline. Other places to visit include the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Museum of Yachting, the many galleries and “Antique Alley”.
Sag Harbor Windmill
Leave Newport to cruise to Sag Harbor. This quaint Long Island village is ringed with homes of the rich and famous. Once a large whaling port, Sag Harbor still exudes the charm of a prosperous yesteryear. Stay overnight to explore this town, visit the shops, and perhaps visit the whaling museum.
Block Island North Lighthouse
Leave in the am to cruise to Block Island, a seven-mile long by three-mile wide island. Within the 25 square miles there are 17 miles of pristine beaches and a varied terrain of hills, hundreds of freshwater ponds, 2000 miles of stone walls and a unique variety of flora and fauna. Named after Dutch navigator Adrian Block, who stumbled across it in 1614, Block Island was then settled by a party of English from the mainland in 1661. After lunch, explore the island by bike.
After a relaxing breakfast leave for Cuttyhunk, the bottom of the chain of islands below Cape Cod. Enjoy lunch in Cuttyhunk Harbor before taking a hike to the islands highest point, for a spectacular view of the eastward-running archipelago. If hiking isn’t your thing, swim or relax with cocktails as the sun sets.
In the morning depart for Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, an elegant port that takes its yachting seriously. Many impressive yachts, belonging to the rich and famous, are moored here in season. Go for a stroll down the cobblestone streets or walk the beaches of the famous Chappaquiddick point. Have lunch ashore at a dockside bistro and then take a tour of the rest of the island or head back to the yacht for some water sport fun or just relax on deck. Martha’s Vineyard is the largest of the southern New England islands with three different coastal towns and Chappaquiddick is right beside Martha’s Vineyard on the other side of the Edgartown Harbor or Katama Bay.
Main Street Nantucket
It’s a short sail to Nantucket, aptly named by Native Americans, which means “land far out to sea”. For a quarter of a century whaling dominated almost every aspect of Nantucket life and was the sole basis of island wealth. Today, Nantucket’s wealth comes from fashionable summer residents, itinerant yachtsmen, an army of tourists and the seasonal scallop and cranberry industries. Take a tour of the whaling museum and the cranberry bogs. Then walk down the historic cobblestone streets lined with little boutique shops.
In the morning sail to Hyannis. Hyannis is a tribute to sun, sand, seafood and saltwater. Calling itself Cape Cod’s “Hub” the town is packed with restaurants, shops, hotels and people. The harbor at Hyannis is big and scenic. After dropping the anchor, go ashore for a sightseeing tour and then return to lift anchor for Hyannis port, just around the corner to anchor for a lovely lunch in this calm anchorage. After a relaxing lunch sail onto Hadley’s Harbor, a deep-water anchorage off of Woods Hole. The harbor is ringed with the islands Bull, Uncatena, Naushon. All are owned by the Forbes family, who has kept the area pristine and beautiful.
After breakfast a return sail to Newport to shop, dine, and unwind. If time permits take an afternoon tour of the Newport Winery and rolling hill countryside. Disembark.
Join your yacht in Camden Harbor. Along the streets of Camden, close to the harbor, are cute little boutiques with gifts and souvenirs. Leave Camden to explore Penobscot Bay, cruising either down towards Owl’s Head or across to Islesboro Island. Anchor off Pulpit Harbor, one of the prettiest and most protected anchorages on the coast.
In the morning, after breakfast, head east through Fox Island Thorofare southeast to the area called Merchant’s Row, just south of Deer Isle. There are many islands here with beautiful small coves in which to anchor for the evening. Overnight.
Cruise down to Vinalhaven, southernmost of the larger islands in Penobscot Bay. With its rugged shoreline, satellite islands, and scores of coves and anchorages, the eastern shore is full of gunkholes to explore. After having lunch, make your way over to Winter Harbor, one of the most rustic and unspoiled anchorages in Vinalhaven. There are about 1200 year around residents on the island, many of whom live around the village of Vinalhaven, which is a traditional Maine fishing village. The harbor is home to one of the largest number of lobster fishing boats in the world. Overnight.
Acadia National Park
A short early morning cruise will have you on the Isle au Haut, a great place to stretch your legs with over 30 miles of hiking trails belonging to Acadia National Park. After lunch cruise to Northeast Harbor. On the main street of this little harbor town, you will find attractive galleries and boutiques. Take a taxi ride up to one of the many trails offered by Acadia National Park. Overnight.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Leave early for Hancock Point in Frenchman Bay. Sorrento Harbor in Frenchman Bay has beautiful views of Cadillac Mountain and Mount Desert Island. Enjoy a seafood lunch before cruising to Bar Harbor to overnight. Very interesting art galleries, gourmet grocery, general stores and wine shops line Cottage Street in Bar Harbor near the harbor. This is a little Maine village that is fun to explore, with remnants from the Gilded Age of “summer cottages” along with a museum. Overnight.
Eggemoggin Reach Anchorage
After finishing breakfast, cruise up Eggemoggin Reach. Eggemoggin Reach is often clear of fog even when it is thick elsewhere. If you fancy classic wooden boats, swing by Center Harbor and check out the beauties that are usually floating about. After lunch continue on to Buck’s Harbor. Anchor overnight.
Before breakfast enjoy a brisk walk ashore. Then cross over to Dark Harbor, Islesboro Island for lunch. It’s a short cruise across to Camden for your last night aboard.
Disembark in Camden.