The northeastern corner of the United States consisting of the six states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Canada and the state of New York; and it has the only non-geographic regional name recognized by the federal government. Sailing the North American region offers diverse sailing conditions. Chartering a motor yacht or sailing yacht in North America will allow easy access for both long term or short term sailing vacations.
Proposed New England Sailing Itinerary:
Day 1: Depart from one of the premier yachting ports-of-call of your New England yacht charter
Depart Newport at noon and sail to Block Island, just 12 miles southwest, and one of the premier yachting ports-of-call on your New England yacht charter. You can always catch something in Block Island's Great Salt Pond, surfcasting off the 20 miles of island beaches, or by taking your friends on a fishing charter trip offshore. Most beaches have public access, and skiffs or kayaks are available to rent for the day or the hour. Renowned for its fresh and salt water fishing, it has two fine harbors.
Located on the on the west side of the island, it boasts the beautiful Great Salt Pond. This completely enclosed salt pond has three large marinas, 100 town moorings and anchorage for 1,000 yachts. It’s a three-minute taxi ride or 15-minute walk to town or to Crescent Beach.
Located on the east side of the Island, it is the center of town. A breakwater protects it but there is limited space for dockage at the town dock.
Day 2: Visit historic towns and attractions close to harbors such as Martha’s Vineyard
Depart Block Island for Martha’s Vineyard; approximately 28 nautical miles east of Menemsha, a small fishing village located in the town of Chilmark. Martha’s Vineyard is well accustomed to greeting visitors who arrive by sea. Many towns offer mooring, marina, launch and fuel service. Your New England yacht charter takes you to historic towns that are close to harbors, and mariners will find a wonderful variety of shops, restaurants and services within easy walking distance. There’s a public beach adjacent to the harbor and the bicycle ferry.
Day 3: Lighthouse Beach near the town center offers calm water and views of harbor activities
Depart Menemsha and sail northeast to Edgartown; one of New England's most elegant communities. Edgartown was the Island's first colonial settlement; it has been on the county seat since 1642. Main Street’s harbor and waterfront is a picture book setting. To view and fully appreciate this town, walk its streets. North Water Street has a row of captains' houses, many which predate the whaling era.
You’ll find excellent public beaches on your New England yacht charter. Norton's Point, known as South Beach or Katama, is a barrier beach providing surf bathing and the opportunity to explore Katama Bay on the other side of the dunes. Lighthouse Beach, located off North Water Street near the town center, offers calm water and views of harbor activities. Make a lunch stop at Quik’s Hole or Tarpauliu.
Day 4: Nantucket Island is one of the most beautiful places on earth
Sail southeast to Nantucket Island (approximately 20 nautical miles) where you may be greeted by harbor seals sunning themselves on the jetties. Once you round Brant Point Lighthouse, you will discover one of the most beautiful places on earth... Nantucket Harbor. Just two blocks from Nantucket Town, it’s a charming, historic seaport with fascinating shops, unique galleries and world-class restaurants.
Your New England yacht charter will take you to beautiful sandy beaches where you can swim in sparkling waters, or brave the mighty Atlantic along the island’s south shore. Try your hand at surfcasting for stripers and bluefish, or head out for deep-sea fishing.
If you prefer a more tranquil experience; dinghy to your own private beach on Coatue or head up to Wauwinet Harbor. Here you can enjoy a picnic or have a grand lunch at the Wauwinet House. Fishing, clamming and swimming are all available.
If small children are among your crew, don’t miss a dinghy ride to Children's Beach. Here you will find a playground and a lifeguard on the beach. Take a guided tour of the island or pick up a picnic lunch and rent a bike; a good way of discovering Nantucket at your own pace.
Day 5: Situated right in the midst of a historic gingerbread campground
Oak Bluffs is the largest marina on Martha's Vineyard and is a short run from Newport, Block Island, Cuttyhunk, Boston, the Cape and Nantucket. As a result it is a nice stop as either a multi-port cruise, or an exciting port-of-call. Oak Bluffs offers easy access to the rest of the island and is situated in the midst of a historic gingerbread campground. It has 80 slips, 45 moorings, and med-moorings for yachts up to 105' in length. Slips fill quickly on weekends so book a day ahead. When you enter the harbor hail "Oak Bluffs Marina" on VHF channel 71, and the staff will direct you to a slip or a suitable mooring.
Day 6: Visit the Bradley House Museum to explore the history of whaling
Sail less than 10 nautical miles northwest to Woods Hole or on to Cuttyhunk Island. Woods Hole is a salty, sea spray village that brings the Nobel Laureate and the local angler together in harmony. Plan your arrival and departure for slack tide. The currents in Woods Hole Passage can exceed 7 knots. Use good, up-to-date nautical charts of the area, as the buoy set-up is tricky.
Take a short walk along the Church Street to historic Nobska Lighthouse for sensational views of Vineyard Sound, Woods Hole and Martha's Vineyard.
If you wish to linger for the day, visit Spohr's Garden on Fells Road. It’s hard to find, but the spring sea of daffodils in this waterfront garden is spectacular. Visit the Bradley House Museum to explore the history of whaling and the Woods Hole Historical Collection; a must for history buffs.
Serene Quissett Harbor is perfect for peaceful walks any time of the year. Just follow the path that leads to the "Knob," a little chunk of land overlooking Buzzards Bay for a chance at viewing crimson sunsets.
A great place to do a whole lot of nothing. It is a quiet, isolated, beautiful, ocean environment with a small beach, a great harbor, good fishing, a few dozen houses, and some beautiful hiking trails. There are no discos, bars, malls, party life, video games, parking lots, traffic or much action. The perfect place for getting in touch with yourself and your family, or just catching up with your reading. It is only 12 miles south of New Bedford, MA and 8 miles west of Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard.
Day 7: Newport is synonymous with yachting and is glorious during the summer
Newport is synonymous with yachting and nothing is finer than a New England yacht charter in the summer; it’s glorious. About 20 nautical miles from Cuttyhunk. Refresh yourself with golden sunrises, steaming lobsters and fresh salt air. Elegant mansions, historic inns and exquisite restaurants line the cobblestone streets of Newport’s historic shorefront. You’ll see America’s Cup yachts racing in the harbor, modern racing machines moored beside legendary traditional yachts, class boats and dinghies of every type. Stroll the breathtaking Cliff Walk, and wander through lush Topiary Gardens. Visit the Museum of Yachting and the Tennis Hall of Fame. For a mouth-watering getaway, enjoy a tour and tasting at the three local vineyards followed by a memorable dining experience at a waterfront restaurant.