Monday, June 30, 2014

Newport's 4th of July Fireworks Cruise and Sunset Sail

Join 12 Meter Charters for a an evening of sailing, fireworks and fun in Newport!  Set sail aboard Heritage or Columbia for our annual Newport Fireworks Cruise on Friday, July 4th or Jamestown Fireworks Cruise on Saturday, July 5th.  Enjoy an evening sail on board our 65 foot America's Cup contender. Then, view the 4th of July Fireworks from the water.  Check out these great shots from last year's sail!  



 Celebrate 4th of July by getting on the water in Newport.  
Call 401-851-1216 for tickets or book online!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

12 Meter Yacht Club Racing in Newport!

Earlier this month, 12 Meter Charters welcomed aboard the 5th Annual Eastern Connecticut 12 Meter Challenge in Newport.  Yacht Clubs from Connecticut including Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, North Cove Yacht Club, Thames Yacht Club, Baldwin Yacht Club and Pettipaug Yacht Club competed aboard six 12 Meter yachts in Narragansett Bay.  After four races and lots of friendly competition, the North Cove Yacht Club took home top honors winning the regatta.  Second place went to Essex Corinthian Yacht Club aboard Columbia and third to the Baldwin Yacht Club aboard Heritage.  It was a fabulous day of sailing and racing in Newport, here are some great shots from the day.  Thank you to all who joined us!

Photo by Duncan Todd

Photo by Duncan Todd

Photo by Duncan Todd

The Prize!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sailing in Newport, RI - Weekend Schedule

This weekend is the last weekend of June.  Don't let summer slip away - come enjoy Newport, RI by sailing or RACING with 12 Meter Charters! 

Thursday, June 26 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Friday, June 27 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Saturday, June 28 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, June 28 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Sunday, June 29 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

12 Meter Racing Experience - $115 per person

Sunday, June 29 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm 

Call 401-851-1216 for tickets or book online.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

12 Meter Charters Has Arrived At Bowen's Wharf!

12 Meter Charters has been in our new office on Bowen's Wharf, right by the BIG anchor, for a few months now but our new signs just went up on Friday.  We are officially at moved into the Anchor of Newport!  If you are in Newport, make sure to stop by Bowen's Wharf and 12 Meter Charters!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy Summer Solstice from Newport, Rhode Island!

Welcome aboard SUMMER! Today is the Summer Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere. The summer solstice began at 6:51 a.m. EDT on June 21, according to, officially ringing in summer. The date brings the year’s longest stretch of daylight.  Today we will have over 15 hours of daylight!  
After a long, cold, snowy winter, we say bring on the sunshine and boat shoes weather!  Spend some of those extra daylight hours by sailing in Newport, Rhode Island.  Join 12 Meter Charters this weekend to celebrate the return of summer!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sailing in Newport, RI - Weekend Schedule

Warm weather has finally arrived! Get outside and enjoy the 
Ocean State. Set sail this weekend with 12 Meter Charters 
in Newport, Rhode Island!

Thursday, June 19  -12:30pm to 2:30pm

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

Saturday, June 21 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Saturday, June 21 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, June 21 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Sunday, June 22 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Call 401-851-1216 for tickets or book online.

Newport gets Ready for the Start of the Newport to Bermuda Race!

Newport is bustling with sailors getting ready for the 2014 Newport to Bermuda Race.  The start will be this Friday, June 20, at the entrance on Narragansett Bay.  This event only comes around every two years so make sure you get out to see it.  Best viewing is on the Castle Hill lawn or on board a boat(we have 12 Meter Charters available).  Check out these great pics from the 2012 Newport to Bermuda start!

10 Fun Facts About the Newport to Bermuda Race
1.  The Newport to Bermuda Race is sailed biennially.
2.  The first Newport Bermuda Race was held in 1906.
3.  The Newport to Bermuda Race was founded by Thomas Fleming Day, editor of The Rudder magazine.
4.  2014 will be the 49th Newport to Bermuda Race.
5.  The Newport to Bermuda raced is sailed under the ORR, Ocean Racing Rule.
6.  The course is 635 miles from Newport, Rhode Island to St. Davids Head, Bermuda.
7.  There are usually over 170 boats that race in the Newport to Bermuda Race, making it one of the largest ocean races in the world.  
8.  Most boats finish in three to five days. In 2012 Rambler smashed the Race record finishing in 39 hours, 39 minutes and 18 seconds.
9.  The Newport to Bermuda Race is one of the only races to start and finish in different countries.
10.  The trophies for the Newport to Bermuda Race are replicas of Bermuda's famous lighthouses.  The St. Davids Lighthouse Trophy (the main prize) is for the winner of the largest division, for boats crewed by amateur sailors. The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy goes to the winner of the division for boats with professional crews.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Race to Win - 12 Meter Racing Experience in Newport, RI

12 Meter Racing Experience - Newport, Rhode Island
Sunday, June 29 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Race aboard our yachts that competed in the America's Cup!

Set sail to watch or participate in an America's cup 12-Meter Racing Regatta!  Aboard the 12 Meter racing yachts our professional and friendly crew will coach those interested in a "hands on" sailing experience, but participation is not required.  At the end of our America's Racing Experience everyone is a winner!  

3 Hour 12 Meter Racing Experience - $115/person
Call 401-851-1216 for tickets or book online.

Can't join us to race on June 29? 
Join us for the Racing Experience on July 20, August 24 or September 21.  

Monday, June 16, 2014

Welcome to Newport Tall Ship, Charles Morgan!

Yesterday, Sunday, June 15, the historic Tall Ship, Charles Morgan sailed into Newport, Rhode Island as a stop on its 38th Voyage.  The Charles Morgan, an 1841 whaleship, is America's oldest commercial vessel.  After recently being restored at Mystic Seaport, Newport is the first stop on the ship's first sailing voyage since 1921!    

The Charles Morgan cast off from City Pier in New London, Connecticut, at 6:15 a.m. and was towed up Fishers Island Sound and through Watch Hill Passage. Once on Block Island Sound the ship dropped the tow and set all working sail to make her way to Newport. She arrived in Newport Harbor at 6:00pm. “Seeing the ship with her sails set just as they were in the heyday of her whaling career was an incredible sight. It was truly seeing history come alive,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport. For more about the Charles Morgan's visit to Newport visit  
The Charles Morgan is docked at Fort Adams(see below) and will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  Come to Newport to see this historic Tall Ship!

Photos by John Lincourt Photography and Mystic Seaport.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day From Newport, RI!

Happy Father's Day from 12 Meter Charters!  We hope you are treated like a Captain for the day!