Friday, September 25, 2009

Monthly America's Cup Fact

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

Photo credit

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 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 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 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

- 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 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

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

See you on the water!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Newport's September Events

Beautiful Newport Harbor
Photo courtesy of Quintano Media -

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( and 12 Meter World Championships( 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 today to book your sail!

Private Parties and Corporate Events

Public Ticketed Sails $68 per person

Call 401-851-1216 for reservations or email

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

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 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
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

We look forward to welcoming you aboard!