Monday, November 2, 2009

Team Member of the Month

October 2009
Meet our Captains and Crew


Laura Webster - Mate on Columbia

Laura Webster is an Ocean State girl! Laura grew up in Bristol, a Rhode Island town not far from Newport that is home to the Herreshoff America's Cup Musuem. Although she has always sailed with her father on the family boat, she had never raced until joining the Columbia team. Now she is hooked and loves the thrill of competition aboard our America's Cup racers!
When she is not sailing you might find Laura studying accounting or working at one of Newport's marine shops selling sailing gear. She also loves to swim, walk, bike and travel. In the winter, like many of our team members, she enjoys hitting the slopes, snowboarding in New Hampshire.
Columbia and 12 Meter Charters are thrilled to have Laura as a member of our crew! Laura's love of the ocean, sailing, and Rhode Island, combined with her warm and friendly personality, helps make our guests' experience aboard Columbia unforgettable. Laura and the team of 12 Meter Charters invite you to set sail aboard our 12 Meter yachts. We are looking forward to a spectacular sailing season in 2010!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Monthly America's Cup Fact

October 2009
Test your knowledge of the "Auld Mug."

Photo credit http://www.americascup.com/.




How many different countries have won the America's Cup?
Answer Below.

The schooner, America, first boat to win the America's Cup

Photo by http://www.scaranoboat.com/


How many different countries have won the America's Cup? Four countries: the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

From the first race in 1851 until 1983 the United States held the America's Cup, making the longest winning streak in sports history. The race was named after the first boat to win the "Cup," the schooner, America. In 1983 the Australian's won the America's Cup but it was subsequently won back by the Americans. In 1995, New Zealand won the America's Cup and became the first country beside the United States to successfully defend the Cup in 2000. However, in 2003 New Zealand lost the America's Cup to the Swiss team, Alinghi. Alinghi won the America's Cup again in 2007 and will attempt to defend the Cup again in 2010.
12 Meter Charters invites you to experience our America's Cup 12 meter racers. Call 401-851-1216 for more information. We love answering questions!

Friday, October 2, 2009

September 2009 - Team Member of the Month!

Meet our Captains and Crew

Photo courtesy of Quintano Media - www.quintanomedia.com

Cedar Poirier- Mate on Heritage

Cedar Song Poirier grew up in rural Nova Scotia, Canada in a house her parents built. Her family spent cozy winters around a wood stove and sustained themselves with a cow, chicken, pigs, and a huge garden. So where did her love of sailing come from?

Although Cedar did not began sailing until she was 16 years old, sailing is in her blood! In 1973, her family won the first Opera House Cup in Nantucket with their classic yacht, Mariner, and her uncle, Bob Tiedemann, was the first to offer 12 meter yachts for charter in Newport. Along with her sisters, Sara and Harmony, Uncle Bob offered Cedar the opportunity to sail and work for him aboard his vintage fleet. He taught Cedar to maintain (sanding, painting, varnishing) classic yachts and she worked for her uncle sailing aboard his 12 Meter, Gleam, for seven years.

In her 13 years of sailing, not only has she sailed on just about all of Newport’s 12 Meter yachts, but she has also sailed all over the Caribbean, Grenadines, and Europe. Cedar has been a mate aboard Heritage for three years and like a fine wine she just keeps getting better! Her vast knowledge of 12 Meter sailing and Newport, along with her chipper attitude, help provide our guests with an unforgettable sailing experience. Come aboard Heritage and set sail with the charismatic, cheerful, and charming CEDAR!

When she is not sailing Cedar loves to paint (she has a collection of about 50 works), surf, ski, bowl and cook (she has worked as a chef aboard yachts and her mango cheesecake is to die for!). Cedar and the team of 12 Meter Charters invite you to set sail aboard our America’s Cup 12 Meter Yachts!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Monthly America's Cup Fact


September 2009
Test your knowledge of the "Auld Mug."


Photo credit www.americascup.com.


How long did 12 Meter yachts race in the
America's Cup?
Answer Below.



How many years did 12 Meter yachts race in the America's Cup? 29 years! From 1958, when Columbia was the first 12 Meter to win the Cup, until 1987, 12 Meter yachts were the type of boats that raced in the America's Cup.

In 1958, after a twenty-one year hiatus of America's Cup competition, racing continued with a new class of racers, the 12 Metre Class. These 60 to 70 foot sloops were smaller in size, easier to crew, and more manageable on a race course than the previous 135 foot, America's Cup racing class, J boats.

Twelve Metre yachts are quite possibly the most fascinating racing sailboats ever built. They have a beauty and size that, along with their America's Cup history, has attracted and intrigued yachtsmen since their debut. The horsepower used to drive these 65,000 pound racing beauties to speeds as high as twelve knots lies in their massive sail area. Their mainsails are usually about 1200 square feet in size and their jibs, which can only have a height that is seventy-five percent of the mast in height, range from 500 square feet to over 1200 square feet in size.

Today, Newport is home to the largest fleet of 12 Meter yachts in the WORLD! 12 Meter Charters invites you to experience our America's Cup 12 meter racers. Call 401-851-1216 for more information. We love answering questions!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Good Luck Team Columbia!


Sail Fast Team Columbia!


Our America's Cup Winner, Columbia, begins competing in the 12 Meter World Championships today, September 23. The "Worlds" will be held off the coast of Newport, RI from September 23 to 26. Check out www.goldenyear2009.com for all the racing and event information. Hope to see you on the water. Good Luck Team Columbia!!!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival

Come to Newport this weekend for great food, wine, mansions and, of course, sailing!

From September 25 to 27 the Newport Mansions will be hosting the 4th Annual Wine and Food Festival. Presented by Food & Wine, this spectacular event will feature more than 400 wines from around the world and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs Jacques P├ępin, Joanne Weir, David Burke and more culinary experts. Check out http://www.newportmansions.org/ for more information.

While in Newport experience the view from the water! Set sail aboard our America's Cup yachts and enjoy the beautiful September weather. Visit http://www.12metercharters.com/ for more information.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Set Sail this weekend!

Weekend Sailing Schedule - it is going to be a great weekend for sailing in Newport, Rhode Island!

Saturday, September 19 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, September 19 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Details:
- 2 hour sails priced at $68 per person. $5 off if you mention our Blog!
- Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.
- Reservations required.
- For more information please contact the 12 Meter Charters office at 800.820.1223 or email sail@12metercharters.com

Sail aboard an America's Cup 12 Meter Yacht - The Ultimate Newport Experience!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Boats, Boats and More Boats!

Newport is Buzzing with Boat Show Activity!

Come to Newport this week and check out the 39th Annual International Boat Show. From September 17 to 20 the city-by-the-sea is the host of one of the country's largest boat shows. There will be over 700 power and sail yachts available for viewing and thousands on boating products on display. For more information visit http://www.newportboatshow.com/

While you are here come sailing aboard our America's Cup contenders! $68/person for a 2 hour sail. Check out www.12metercharters.com for more information.

See you on the water!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Newport's September Events

Beautiful Newport Harbor
Photo courtesy of Quintano Media - www.quintanomedia.com


Labor Day has gone and schools are back in session. The FUN must be over, right? NO! Come to Newport this September for beautiful weather, harbor vistas and lots to do.

September is the month for BOATS in Newport. Events like the International Boat Show(www.newportboatshow.com) and 12 Meter World Championships(www.goldenyear2009.com) will make you want to get out on the water. Come for a sail aboard our America's Cup 12 Meter yachts! Bring a group and charter the whole yacht OR just come by yourself for one of our public sails.

Don't let the sailing season slip away...call today to book your sail!

Private Parties and Corporate Events

Public Ticketed Sails $68 per person

Call 401-851-1216 for reservations or email sail@12metercharters.com

We look forward to welcoming you aboard our America's Cup 12 Meter Yachts!


Public Ticketed Sails Upcoming Schedule

Saturday, September 12 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Sunday, September 13 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Saturday, September 26 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, September 27 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
For a complete list of events in Newport, RI this September visit www.gonewport.com.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Good Luck Team Columbia!


Come to Newport, RI this weekend and check out the 30th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta hosted by the Museum of Yachting at Fort Adams State Park. Our America's Cup winner, Columbia, will be among the classic racers. For more information check our http://www.moy.org/. Sail fast Columbia!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Salute Summer with Sailing!

We are sailing into September this Labor Day weekend with our America's Cup 12 Meter cruises. The air is crisp, the skies are clear, and Narragansett Bay is glorious this time of year! Why not join us for one of our sails? Participate in the sailing or just sit back and relax. Our America's Cup 12 Meter sail is an experience not to be missed!

Weekend Schedule
Friday, September 4 - 5:15pm to 7:15pm
Saturday, September 5 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Sunday, September 6 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$68 per person
Call 401-851-1216 for reservations or email sail@12metercharters.com
We look forward to welcoming you aboard our America's Cup 12 Meter Yachts!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sailing into September...



For over 50 years the America's Cup races were held off the coast of Newport, RI in September. Warm waters, stiff breezes and crisp air make September the perfect month for sailing in Newport! Set sail aboard our America's Cup 12 Meter yachts with a group or by yourself. Throughout September we will be offering public ticketed sails and private charters.


Call 401-851-1216 for more information or email sail@12metercharters.com



We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Team Member of the Month - August 2009

Charlie Festa, Mate aboard Columbia


Charlie set sail with 12 Meter Charters in May 2008 as mate aboard our America's Cup winner, Columbia. Since joining our team his colleagues and guests have enjoyed his passion for sailing, great service skills and hard working attitude! But his love of sailing, the ocean, and outdoors does not stop with 12 Meter sailing…

After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, Charlie studied and worked for SEA, the Sea Education Association based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Sailing with SEA aboard schooners in the Caribbean, Tahiti and Hawaii is where his passion for sailing began!

After a stint working on yachts in Hawaii, Charlie returned to the Ocean State to attend graduate school. This year Charlie completed his Masters Degree in Marine Affairs. This graduate program focuses on coastal policy and how people use the ocean in ways like fishing, marine transport and, of course, yacht charter!

When he is not sailing you will not find Charlie cooped up inside. He is an outdoor guy and loves surfing, cycling, and mountain biking!

Charlie and the team of 12 Meter Charters look forward to welcoming you aboard our America’s Cup 12 Meter yachts!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Heritage Sailing in Narragansett Bay

Check out our bright beauty, Heritage, sailing under the Newport Bridge this weekend.
Thank you to photographer Alex DeMolles for the great shot!



(Alex DeMolles: Photographer)







Thursday, August 20, 2009

America's Cup Question of the Month

August 2009

Test your knowledge of the "Auld Mug."

Photo credit http://www.americascup.com/.



Is a 12 Meter yacht really 12 meters long?
Answer Below.


Is a 12 Meter yacht really 12 meters (about 40 feet) long? NO! 12 Meters doesn't refer the length or any other measurement on the yacht. "12 Meter" refers to the class of yacht. 12 Meter class yachts were designed based on a formula. This meant that 12 Meter Class yachts could vary in sail area, length, and other speed production aspects. Above is the mathematical formula by which all 12 Meter yachts are measured.

This formula inputs speed producing factors - length (L), sail area (Sa), freeboard (F), and a girth measurement (2D) - through a simple mathematical formula. In order for a yacht to be a Twelve Meter the results of this formula must not exceed 12 meters. To limit the likelihood that one 12 Meter design would be vastly superior than another and promote fair and competitive racing there are other restrictions on design measurements of 12 Meter racing yachts. Maximum and minimum parameters on mast height, draft, beam and headsail height are applied to 12 Meter racing yachts to ensure that there is not too much diversity among boats.

So how long is a 12 Meter yacht? They vary in length from about 60 feet to 70 feet long, just a little bit more than 12 Meters! Come to Newport this weekend to experience sailing aboard our America's Cup, a bit longer than, 12 Meter Yachts. Call 401-851-1216 for more information. We love answering questions!

Friday, August 7, 2009

12 Meter Heritage Sailing Newport!

Another great day of sailing aboard the America's Cup contender Heritage in Newport, RI! Thanks for sailing with us Anthony and for the great video!!!



Sailing in Newport Rhode Island on The Heritage with 12 Meter Charters from Anthony Quintano on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Jazzy Weekend of sailing in Newport, RI!

Come aboard our America's Cup 12 Meter yachts this weekend for jazzed up sailing! Newport's 55th Jazz Festival will be held at Fort Adams State Park overlooking Narragansett Bay Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9.

George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55 will feature music greats such as Tony Bennett and Chaka Khan. For the full line up check out www.jazzfestival55.com

The music will be playing from 11:30am to 7:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday at the waterfront festival. Aboard our 12 Meter yachts you will get a glimpse of the sights and sounds of the festival as you enjoy sailing on beautiful Narragansett Bay. Come to Newport this weekend for jazzed up sailing aboard our America’s Cup yachts!

WEEKEND SAILING SCHEDULE
Friday, August 7 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Saturday, August 8 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Saturday, August 8 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Sunday, August 9 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, August 9 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Call 401-851-1216 for reservations or email sail@12metercharters.com
Upcoming Schedule
Saturday, August 22 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
America's Cup Racing Regatta - watch or participate.
Call 401-851-1216 for more information!
We look forward to welcoming you aboard our America's Cup 12 Meter Yachts!

Congratulations to Kerrie and Bobby!


Kerrie and Bobby were married aboard our America's Cup winner Columbia last week while docked at the Newport Yachting Center. The couple was married on the bow of Columbia in a beautiful harbor side ceremony. After the were hitched, what was the first thing they wanted to do? Set sail of course! With 25 family and friends they enjoyed a sunshine filled afternoon sail aboard our America's Cup 12 Meter yachts, Columbia and Heritage.


Congrats and best wishes to Kerrie and Bobby!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Set sail for a taste of Newport's Folk Festival!

Come aboard our America's Cup 12 Meter yachts this weekend and as an added bonus you'll get a taste of some great tunes! This weekend, August 1 and 2, Newport's 50th Folk Festival will be held at Fort Adams State Park overlooking Narragansett Bay.

50 years after he appeared at the first Newport Folk Festival, Pete Seeger will headline the event as it gets a new name, George Wein’s Folk Festival 50. For the full line up check out www.folkfestival50.com

The music will be playing from 11:30am to 7:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday at the waterfront festival. Aboard our 12 Meter yachts you will get a glimpse of the sights and sounds of the festival as you enjoy sailing on beautiful Narragansett Bay. Come to Newport this weekend for fantastic, folksy fun aboard our America’s Cup yachts!

Weekend Schedule
Friday, July 31 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Saturday, August 1 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Saturday, August 1 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, August 2 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Sunday, August 2 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, August 2 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Call 401-851-1216 for reservations or email sail@12metercharters.com
Upcoming Schedule
Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 - Newport's Jazz Festival
Sails available throughout the weekend. Call for details!
Saturday, August 22 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
America's Cup Racing Regatta - watch or participate. Call 401-851-1216 for more information!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Weekend Ticketed Sail Schedule

Sail in Newport, Rhode Island!
Public Ticketed Sails aboard America's Cup Yachts!
$68 per guest

Weekend Schedule
Friday, July 24 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, July 25 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm and 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Sunday, July 26 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Call 401-851-1216 for reservations or email
sail@12metercharters.com

Upcoming Schedule

Saturday, August 22 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
America's Cup Racing Regatta - watch or participate.
Call 401-851-1216 for more information.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard our America's Cup Yachts!


Set Sail aboard our America's Cup Yachts, what you need to know:
- 2 hour sails priced at $68 per person.
- Sailing May through October. 12 Meter Charters' two-hour Ticketed Sails depart daily, upon demand, from downtown Newport.
- Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Gift certificates available.
- Reservations required. No refunds within 24 hours of sailing.
- For more information about chartering our America's Cup 12 Meters please contact the 12 Meter Charters office at 800.820.1223 or email sail@12metercharters.com Sail aboard an

America's Cup 12 Meter Yacht - The Ultimate Newport Experience!
Team Member of the Month

July 2009

Meet our Captains and Crew

Photo by Anthony Quintano, Quintano Media

Olivia Chapman - Mate on Heritage

12 Meter Charters is thrilled to welcome Olivia Chapman aboard our team this season! Olivia joined us in May as mate on Heritage. But her sailing days did not start there. Olivia grew up in the Ocean State and has logged over 7000 nautical miles sailing! She has sailed from Bermuda to Newport and, most recently, sailed in South East Asia with the academic program, Sea/mester. Olivia's latest nautical feat? She completed the training for and obtained her 100 ton USCG offshore captain's license.

When she is not sailing Olivia is studying at Suffolk University in Boston. She is a junior and is majoring in International Business and Finance.Mate

Olivia and the team of 12 Meter Charters look forward to welcoming you aboard our America’s Cup 12 Meter yachts!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

America's Cup Fact July 2009

America's Cup Question of the Month
July 2009



Test your knowledge of the "Auld Mug."



In the 1930's, prior to 12 Meter yachts, what type of yachts raced in the America's Cup?
Answer Below.





From 1930 to 1937 J-Class Sloops, known as J-Boats, raced in the America's Cup. Like the 12 Meter yachts, J-Boats were designed based on a formula. However, J-Boats, at about 135 feet long, were much larger, more expensive to build, and required a larger crew than their successor, the 12 Meter.
Today, only a handful of J-boats remain sailing in the world. But come to Newport this weekend! You will not only have the opportunity to see J-boats sailing, but you will see them race! The new 138′ J-Class Sloop, HANUMAN, will make her debut racing in this weekend's Newport Bucket Regatta against the America's Cup winner, Ranger. HANUMAN is a replica of the famous English J-Class Sloop, ENDEAVOUR II, which raced against RANGER in the 1937 America’s Cup off Newport. Click here for more about HANUMAN and the Newport Bucket Regatta!
Come to Newport this weekend to watch the magnificent America's Cup J-boats race again! Catch all the action from the water aboard our America's Cup 12 Meter Yachts.
Call 401-851-1216 for more information. We love answering questions!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ticketed Sail Schedule This Weekend


Public Ticketed Sails aboard America's Cup Yachts! $68 per guest

Weekend Schedule
Friday, July 10 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, July 11 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, July 12 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Call 401-851-1216 for reservations or email sail@12metercharters.com
Upcoming Schedule
Saturday, July 18 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
America's Cup Racing Regatta - watch or participate.
Call 401-851-1216 for more information!
Saturday, June 10 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

We look forward to welcoming you aboard our America's Cup Yachts!
Set Sail aboard our America's Cup Yachts!
What you need to know:
- 2 hour sails priced at $68 per person.
- Sailing May through October. 12 Meter Charters' two-hour Ticketed Sails depart daily, upon demand, from downtown Newport.
- Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Gift certificates available.
- Reservations required. No refunds within 24 hours of sailing.
- For more information about chartering our America's Cup 12 Meters please contact the 12 Meter Charters office at 800.820.1223 or email sail@12metercharters.com Sail aboard an
America's Cup 12 Meter Yacht - The Ultimate Newport Experience!

America's Cup Racing Experience - Newport, RI


Set sail to watch or participate in an America's cup 12-Meter Racing Regatta!


12 Meter Charters and Schooner Adirondack II have teamed up to provide you with the experience of a lifetime!


Participate aboard an America's Cup contender or spectate aboard Adirondack II. Aboard the America’s Cup racing yachts our professional and friendly crew will coach those interested in a "hands on" sailing experience, but participation is not required.

Aboard the 80 foot, traditional schooner, spectator yacht you will be there to view all the America’s Cup action while enjoying the grace and comfort of Adirondack II!


At the end of our America’s Racing Experience everyone is a winner!


Upcoming Sail: Saturday, July 18- 2:00pm to 4:00pm *call for additional dates

Participate aboard a 12 Meter - $68

Spectate aboard Adirondack II - $40


Call 401.851.1216 today to reserve your tickets!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Sunshine in Newport, Rhode Island!

The sun is finally shining in Newport, Rhode Island! Dry out and enjoy the sun with a day on the water in Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay! Set sail aboard one of our America's Cup 12 Meter yachts this weekend. $68/person, sailing Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. Call 401-851-1216 for details.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Next America's Cup Racing Experience July 18!

America's Cup Racing Experience - July 18, Reserve your tickets today!

Set sail to watch or participate in an America's cup 12-Meter Racing Regatta!12 Meter Charters and Schooner Adirondack II have teamed up to provide you with the experience of a lifetime!
Participate aboard an America's Cup contender or Spectate aboard Adirondack II.

Aboard the America’s Cup racing yachts our professional and friendly crew will coach those interested in a "hands on" sailing experience, but participation is not required.

Aboard the 80 foot, traditional schooner, spectator yacht you will be there to view all the America’s Cup action while enjoying the grace and comfort of Adirondack II!

At the end of our America’s Racing Experience everyone is a winner!

Saturday, July 18 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Participate aboard a 12 Meter - $68
Spectate aboard Adirondack II - $40

Call 401.851.1216 today to reserve your spot!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Celebrate America's Birthday in America's First Resort

Enjoy the 4th of July in Newport RI!


Celebrate America's Birthday with America's Cup Sailing!

Set sail this weekend aboard an America's Cup 12 Meter!$68 per person

Set sail aboard the America's Cup yachts of Newport, Rhode Island. Salute summer in style with a sail aboard one of our America's Cup 12 Meter yachts. Whether you are visiting Newport for the day or the week, with a group or just by yourself, 12 Meter Charters has a sailing experience for you!

Throughout the 4th of July weekend we are offering Public Ticketed Sails, $68/person for a two hour sail. Participate in the sailing or just sit back and enjoy the sights! Call for details and sailing times.


Looking for a more intimate excursion? Book a private charter and an America's Cup yacht is yours to cruise beautiful Narragansett Bay in style. Rates start at just $850 and accommodates up to 15 guests. Sailing times are still available for weekend. Call for details!


Let us welcome you aboard for a spectacular 4th of July experience!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Escape with a sail to Block Island!


For a unique escape from the everyday "hustle and bustle" of life, try a 12 Meter getaway. For example, escape with a Newport to Block Island sail and overnight excursion. Enjoy the best that Rhode Island has to offer!

Take one or more of the 12 Meter yachts from Newport for a day cruise or race. End the day at Block Island where you can tour the island, enjoy fresh New England seafood, and stay at one of the island's Bed and Breakfasts. Head back to Newport the next day while enjoying another beautiful sail on an America's Cup yacht.

Let 12 Meter Charters help plan this wonderful sailing getaway! For more information call 401-851-1216 or email sail@12metercharters.

For information about our yachts check out http://www.12metercharters.com/. For information about Block Island check out http://www.blockislandinfo.com/. And for all about Newport check out http://www.gonewport.com/.



Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Meet our Captains and Crew

June 2009 Team Member of the Month


Kevin Hegarty - Captain of Columbia Richard Schultz Photography

Kevin Hegarty has been the Captain of our America's Cup winner Columbia since 2006 but his 12 Meter sailing career did not start there! Previously, Kevin was captain and crew aboard over a dozen 12 Meter yachts in both Newport and the Caribbean including Stars & Stripes, Weatherly, Intrepid, Heritage and many more. These days Kevin is devoted to Columbia. In the summer he spends over 100 days inviting guests to sail and race aboard Columbia. In the winter he spends countless hours making sure that Columbia is in pristine condition for the next sailing season.

When he is not aboard Columbia (which is not that often!) Kevin enjoys snowboarding and spending time with his huge, but friendly, bull mastiff, Brutus!

Captain Kevin and the team of 12 Meter Charters look forward to welcoming you aboard our America’s Cup 12 Meter yachts!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Come to Newport, RI for the start of summer!


This weekend marks the start of summer! Looking for something great to do? Come to Newport, Rhode Island to kick off summer in style. Newport offers the best that summertime has to offer - beaches, mansions, shopping, tennis, seafood and, of course, America's Cup sailing! Come for just the day or stay the weekend - there is plenty to do in Newport.


During your stay in the "city by the sea" set sail aboard on of our America's Cup 12 Meter yachts for the ultimate Newport experience! This weekend we are offering both America's Cup racing and cruising.


On Friday, June 19 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm we will offer our America's Cup Racing Experience - watch or participate. Click here for more information.


On Saturday, June 20 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm we will offer our Ticketed America's Cup Cruise. Tickets are $68/person. Click here for more information.


For more information about other things to do in Newport this weekend check out http://www.gonewport.com/. We look forward to seeing you in Newport, Rhode Island this summer!

Friday, June 12, 2009

12 Meter Charters Ticketed Sails - Upcoming Schedule


Public Ticketed Sails aboard America's Cup Yachts! $68 per guest

Weekend Schedule
Saturday, June 13 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Sunday, June 14 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Call 401-851-1216 for reservations or email sail@12metercharters.com


Upcoming Schedule

Friday, June 19 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

America's Cup Racing Regatta - watch or participate.



Saturday, June 20 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

We look forward to welcoming you aboard our America's Cup Yachts!

Set Sail aboard our America's Cup Yachts!
What you need to know:
- 2 hour sails priced at $68 per person.
- Sailing May through October. 12 Meter Charters' two-hour Ticketed Sails depart daily, upon demand, from downtown Newport.
- Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Gift certificates available.
- Reservations required. No refunds within 24 hours of sailing.- For more information about chartering our America's Cup 12 Meters please contact the 12 Meter Charters office at 800.820.1223 or email sail@12metercharters.com
Sail aboard an America's Cup 12 Meter Yacht - The Ultimate Newport Experience!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

2009 America's Cup 12 Meter Regatta Schedule


Let the competition begin! The 2009 12 Meter Racing Season will begin this weekend in Newport with the New York Yacht Club's 155th Annual Regatta. This will kick off the 12 Meter Golden Year of Racing, celebration 50 years since the first 12 Meter yachts raced in the America's Cup. Our America's Cup 12 Meter yachts are available to racing enthusiasts for formal races in Newport and throughout New England including:

Tiedemann Regatta - Newport - June 27 and 28
Newport Trophy Regatta - Newport - July 25 and 26
Edgartown Yacht Club 12 Meter Regatta - Martha's Vineyard - August 7, 8 and 9
Nantucket Yacht Club 12 Meter Regatta - Nantucket - August 13 and 14
Opera House Cup - Nantucket - August 16
Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta - Newport - September 5 and 6
12 Meter World Championships - Newport - September 22 to 27

Contact us for more information! 401-851-1216 or sail@12metercharters.com


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Team Columbia Races in New York Yacht Club's 155th Annual Regatta


This week our America's Cup winner, Columbia is busy prepping for the New York Yacht Club's Annual Regatta in Newport, RI. The Annual Regatta is the longest running regatta in America, this is the 155th! There are over 100 entries in this weekend's regatta including 6 meters, J/22s, Swans, and America's Cup 12 Meter yachts. The regatta will start on Friday, June 12 with the Around-the-Island Race where yachts will race around Conanicut Island. Bouy racing in Narragansett Bay will follow on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14. For more About the New York Yacht Club's 155th Annual Regatta check out http://www.nyyc.org/
Good Luck Team Columbia - sail fast!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Give Dad the gift of America's Cup Sailing!

Looking for the perfect Father's Day gift? Give him the gift of America's Cup sailing!



12 Meter Charters offers gift certificates for our ticketed sails and private charters. Give dad the thrill of experiencing America's Cup sailing in Newport, Rhode Island. During his sail he may actively participate in the sailing or just sit back and enjoy! No sailing experience is necessary. Book a ticket for just dad(2 hour sail for $68/person) or make it a party and invite some guests(private charters start at $850/boat for up to 15 people). Either is sure to be the highlight of his Father's Day!



Complete your Father's day gift with America's Cup Crew Gear. 12 Meter Charters offers America's Cup Crew Gear. Caps, Polo shirts, T-shirts and more! The perfect gift for any sailing enthusiast. We SHIP ANYWHERE!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Ticketed Sails this weekend! $5 off if you mention our Blog!

Weekend Sailing Schedule - it is going to be a great weekend for sailing in Newport, Rhode Island!

Saturday, June 6 sailing 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, June 7 sailing 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Details:
- 2 hour sails priced at $68 per person. $5 off if you mention our Blog!
- Sailing Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7
- Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.
- Reservations required.
- For more information please contact the 12 Meter Charters office at 800.820.1223 or email sail@12metercharters.com

Sail aboard an America's Cup 12 Meter Yacht - The Ultimate Newport Experience!

America's Cup Racing Experience

Set sail to watch or participate in an America's cup 12-Meter Racing Regatta!
12 Meter Charters and Schooner Adirondack II have teamed up to provide you with the experience of a lifetime!

Participate aboard an America's Cup contender or Spectate aboard Adirondack II. Aboard the America’s Cup racing yachts our professional and friendly crew will coach those interested in a "hands on" sailing experience, but participation is not required.



Aboard the 80 foot, traditional schooner, spectator yacht you will be there to view all the America’s Cup action while enjoying the grace and comfort of Adirondack II!At the end of our America’s Racing Experience everyone is a winner!

Friday June 19th - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Participate aboard a 12 Meter - $68

Spectate aboard Adirondack II - $40

Call 401.851.1216 today to reserve your spot!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Come to Newport this weekend for Seafood and Sailing!

Looking for something great to do in Newport this weekend? Head down to the Newport Yachting Center for the 28th Annual Chowder Cook Off. Located harbor side in the heart of downtown Newport, the Newport Yachting Center provide the perfect location for the seafood event. The Cook Off will feature over 30 competitors from all over the country. The best part of the event is that you get to sample all the entries and vote for the coveted title of Best Clam Chowder.

Check out http://www.newportwaterfrontevents.com/chowder-cook-off/overview-chowder-cook-off.htm for more information about the Chowder Cook Off.

While you are in Newport come sailing with us! Enjoy our legendary America’s Cup competitors. We will be offering our ticketed sails on both Saturday and Sunday. Contact us for more information!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

12 Meter Charters Offers Ticketed Sails aboard America’s Cup Yachts

Set sail aboard the legendary America’s Cup 12 Meter yachts of Newport, Rhode Island!

Two-hour afternoon and evening cruises are available aboard our America’s Cup 12 Meter yachts - $68/person.

NEWPORT, RI – 12 Meter Charters is adding to their unique ways of experiencing Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. The company will continue to offer customized yacht charters including Corporate Outings, Team-building, Private Parties and Wedding Events. But now, they will also offer two-hour afternoon and evening public cruises aboard their America’s Cup 12 Meter yachts. For $68 per person you can experience the thrill of sailing aboard an America’s Cup contender!

Not your typical harbor cruise, 12 Meter Charters' ticketed cruises combine the history of Newport, Rhode Island with the unparalleled experience of sailing on an America's Cup contender. Enjoy historic Newport sights including Fort Adams and the Newport Pell Bridge, lighthouses and lavish estates, aircraft carriers and historic schooners, and learn the history of the America's Cup in Newport.

During your sail, if you wish, you may participate in the sailing or just sit back and enjoy the sights of Newport! The captain and crew on board will help those willing to be involved in the sailing. As with all of 12 Meter Charters' events, no sailing experience is necessary to enjoy the thrill of sailing on our America's Cup 12 Meters. With our experienced crews, sailing participation from our guests is welcomed but never required. Take part in the sailing of an America's Cup 12 Meter or just relax and enjoy the scenic views of Narragansett Bay.

Whether you are visiting Newport on your own or with a group, 12 Meter Charters offers you a sail aboard the America’s Cup 12 Meter Yachts!

Sail aboard an America’s Cup 12 Meter Yacht – The Ultimate Newport Experience!

Set Sail!

Sail into summer with an event aboard the America's Cup 12 Meter Yachts of Newport!

Team-Building, Corporate Outings, Wedding Events, Private Parties, Sunset Sails, and much more!

RATES START AT $850!

Contact us for more information!