Friday, October 17, 2014

Stylish Sailing in Newport, RI!

Last week, 12 Meter Charters had the pleasure of welcoming aboard the Kiel James Patrick crew aboard our America's Cup winner Columbia!  KJP's classic Newport sailing style combined with our classic Newport sailing yacht made for a picture perfect sunset sail.  Kiel, Sarah and crew -thank you again for joining us, we hope you see you sailing again in Newport soon!






Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sailing in Newport, RI - Columbus Day Weekend Schedule

Columbus Day weekend is upon us and with it comes our last weekend of 12 Meter Harbor Cruises for 2014.  Come join us for one last weekend of fun on the water in Newport!

Weekend 12 Meter Sailing Schedule
2 hour Harbor Cruises - $73/person

Friday, October 10 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, October 11 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, October 12 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday, October 13 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Call 401-851-1216 for tickets or book online.   Customized private charters also available.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race – The Wait is Over…Countdown to Newport!

The wait is over...the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race starts today!  For the first time all seven teams competing in the around the world race will be racing against each other in the In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain.  We are counting down the days until the race arrives in Newport, are you?

For all the latest about the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race visit  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome Aboard October!

October is our last month of sailing for the season in Newport, Rhode Island!  Sun, wind and the occasional dolphin sighting make October a wonderful month to come aboard our 12 Meter yachts.  Check out these photos from a sail on October 1st two years ago. Come join us for a sail before the season slips away!

Photos by Duncan Todd.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cruising through Fall!

Fall is the season for cruise ship visits to Newport, Rhode Island.  Here are just a few shots of the massive ships with our 12 Meter yachts sailing by them in Newport, RI!

Photo by Lee Caouette.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Spectacular September Sunsets!

Red sky at night, sailor's delight! September has been the month for spectacular sunsets in Newport!  Check out these great sunset shots taken by our team members and sailing friends.  

Photo by Duncan Todd.

 Photo by Chris Finn.

Photo by Duncan Todd.

Photo by Instagram user @bimbels.

Photo by Duncan Todd.
Photo by Harrison + Pike.
Photo by Erin Meltzer.

Like these views?  There is still time to enjoy a 12 Meter Charters sunset sail in September or October.  Contact us for more information!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

#ThrowBackThursday - 12 Meter Sailing in Nantucket

Here's a throwback to last month's Opera House Cup Race in Nantucket.  On Sunday, August 17, both Columbia and Heritage joined the fleet of wooden boats sailing in the 42nd Annual Opera House Cup.  Check out these fabulous shots taken by Sarah Carothers as the fleet sailed by Great Point beach, located on the northern tip of Nantucket.  

The 12 Meter Charters Team is looking forward to sailing and racing in Nantucket's Opera House Cup again next year!  Are you interested in sailing with us in Nantucket?  Contact us for details aboard how to get on board!








Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Captain Gus!

Please join the 12 Meter Charters Team in wishing Heritage's Captain Gus a very Happy Birthday!  Gus is energetic, enthusiastic and entertaining!  We are thrilled to have him on our team.  

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Welcome Aboard Fall!

Sailing in Newport RI!
Photo by Duncan Todd.

The sun has set on another wonderful summer in Newport, Rhode Island. Today, September 23, is the autumn equinox, marking the end of summer and the start of fall. An equinox occurs twice a year (around 20 March and 23 September), when the plane of the Earth's equator passes the center of the Sun. At this time the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun. This means that night and daylight hours are about equal on the equinox.

On this autumn equinox we welcome aboard fall and look forward to a few more weeks of sailing in Newport, Rhode Island. Don't miss the chance to get on board our 12 Meter yachts!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fish Flock to Heritage!

Earlier this week, our sailing guests were greeted by unexpected visitors when they arrived on board Heritage at her mooring in Newport Harbor.  A school of thousands of Menhadan fish were swimming around our 12 Meter yacht. Commonly known as Pogies, the Menhadan, are at the bottom of the fish food chain but are very important to the Atlantic Ocean's Ecosystem.  Check out these great shots Captain Duncan got of the massive school of Pogies.

 While sailing aboard Heritage in Newport, we have seen dolphins, a Mola Mola and now pogies.  Keep your eyes peeled when you are out on the water in Newport for more marine animals. What do you think we will see next?











Monday, September 15, 2014

Special Guest Sails Aboard Heritage in Newport!


12 Meter Charters was thrilled to welcome aboard a special guest last weekend.  Charley Morgan was once again at the helm of his greatest creation, the bright-hulled 12 Meter Yacht, Heritage, for two charity sails during the Newport International Boat Show, last Saturday, September 13.

Charley is the last living designer from the wooden 12 Meter Yacht era. His trip to Newport was in support of his favorite charity, the Tampa Bay Hospice Cup, held in April of each year.

Here in Newport, he returned to his 1970 position behind the wheel of Heritage on behalf of the winners of the 2014 Tampa Bay Hospice Cup live auction. Along with the professional crew from 12 Meter Charters, Charley lead the guests on a sailing tour of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor.

Charley Morgan is the only person to ever singlehandedly design, build, and skipper his own 12 Meter in the America’s Cup. Prior to and since Charley’s 1970 Cup attempt, all campaigns were made by large syndicates.
While Charley is one of the last living original pioneers of the fiberglass sailboat industry, his 1970 America’s Cup entrant, Heritage, is the last wooden 12 Meter yacht built for the United States. To this day, she maintains the bright hull and blue decks that she showed off in her 1970 duel with Intrepid and her storied and successful racing career in the Great Lakes during Don Wildman’s ownership.

The 12 Meter era is over, but, in the town that proudly exhibits America's Cup history, it was wonderful to have Charley Morgan sail aboard Heritage again in support of a noble cause last weekend!




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Newport International Boat Show Sails into Newport

Docks are moving, boats are arriving and tents are being set up.  That can only mean one thing in Newport, it is Boat Show time!  The 44nd Annual Newport International Boat Show will be held September 11th to 14th and the downtown is bustling with activity as everyone prepares for the show.  We can't wait to visit the show, which boat will you be buying?







  While you are in Newport for the Boat Show join 12 Meter Charters for a sail!  We will be sailing Thursday to Sunday and have private charters or public ticketed sails available.  Don't miss the boat!