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Meet our Dream Yacht Rhode Island base manager

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Our Rhode Island base location offers close-to-home east coast sailing in the US, along with access to the beautiful coastal town of Newport with its rich maritime history and famed historic mansions.

For today’s blog post we spoke to Chris Rout, manager at our Rhode Island base in East Greenwich. Chris has been with Dream Yacht almost 2 years and was previously base manager at our St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, location where he and his team regularly received the highest praise from our customers.

1. Tell us a little bit about your background, Chris.

Of course. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico to New Yorker parents and moved back to the U.S. when I was 15. I then completed high school and college in the US. I grew up racing, cruising, and working on boats. During my time in school I sailed competitively and worked summers on Nantucket and Maine renting and restoring vintage boats, so I’m very familiar with this area. During my 20+ year career in corporate America, I sailed regularly and coached ICSA college sailing teams before I decided to work full-time in the yacht charter industry. I landed a job with a leading company and never looked back. Seeing guests return from their charters after a week out on the water and hearing their tales of adventure, camaraderie, and living in harmony with the sea is one of the more rewarding aspects of my job.

2. Can you describe the amenities and services that our Rhode Island base offers our charter guests?

Absolutely. Our new base location here at the Greenwich Cove Marina is very close to Warwick, where we operated last year. We have our own office space to welcome our guests. There are toilets and showers as well as laundry facilities here at the base. The marina provides free wifi, has a pub and restaurant, and is just one block from Main Street which is filled with shops, bars and restaurants. We have our own dock space which makes it easy and convenient for guests to board their charter boats.

Embarkation time here in Rhode Island is around 4PM and our guests can leave the base the same afternoon or spend the night at one of our mooring balls, should they choose to do so.

I’m very happy about the hospitality and support we are receiving from the marina operators here and am sure that we’ll have a great season ahead of us.

Greenwich Cove Marina in East Greenwich, Rhode Island

3. Could you describe the different yacht types available at base?

Our fleet of 11 yachts consists of monohulls and catamarans between 41 and 48ft. We offer our charters in Rhode Island as bareboat options for experienced sailors or with a professional skipper on board.

4. Do you have a minimum charter duration?

There is plenty to see and do here in the region, so I generally recommend taking the boats out for at least a week. We do however also offer shorter charters, e.g. Friday to Monday or Thursday to Sunday. We do not offer day charters.

East Greenwich waterfront scenes

5. What local attractions or activities do you recommend for guests chartering in Rhode Island?

When putting together their itinerary we usually recommend that our guests include Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, Nantucket, Cuttyhunk Island, Jamestown, and Newport. We have a sample 7-day itinerary for sailing Rhode Island on our website.

The north fork of Long Island and Sag Harbor in the Hamptons are also accessible from here.

I am always amazed by the rich nautical history that this region has to offer. Nantucket used to be the whaling capital of the world in the 17th century for example, supplying England with whale oil that was in high demand back then as fuel for lamps and lubrication for machines.

We work closely with the City of Warwick and Visit Rhode Island and are excited for our charter guests to explore these beautiful cruising grounds.

Gay Head lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard

6. Could you share any upcoming events that guests should be aware of?

June is time for the Gaspee Days Parade here in the Warwick region commemorating the burning of the British revenue schooner HMS Gaspee by brave colonists in 1772. An act of rebellion that together with many others, like the Boston Tea Party, led to the American Revolution.

The Newport Folk Festival takes place on the grounds at Fort Adams State Park in July and features four stages of world class musicians, food, vendors and a number of exhibits. We’ve had guests book a yacht as their floating hotel room from which to enjoy the music from the water. The park also hosts a famous jazz festival in August.

The Block Island Glass Float Project is an amazing tradition and interactive art installation from June to October. 550 glass floats (orbs about the size of an orange) will lay hidden on the island’s beaches and Greenway trails for this finder’s keepers activity. There are two rules to keep in mind: 1) only one float per seeker per year and (2) you register any floats you find with the Block Island Tourism Council so they can keep track. Happy hunting!

Sandcastle Day, hosted by the Nantucket Island School of Design & the Arts each August at Jetties Beach, Nantucket is a classic summer event and fun for locals and visitors alike. Stop by to see glorious sandcastles and sculptures.

The Newport International Boat Show in mid September is always fun. Being the first major show in the fall boat show season, this show draws many foreign and domestic manufacturers that bring their newest boats and boating products. A great day out for boating enthusiasts.

My personal favorite that I’m not going to miss this summer is the Nantucket Regatta “Opera House Cup” from August 14th to the 18th.

Seal near Block Island

7. Can you provide insights into the types of guests who typically charter out of Rhode Island and what they like about the area/why they return?

I don’t think there’s a specific “type” of customer that we see here at the base. The waters around Rhode Islands offer so much variety, that passionate sailors looking to follow in the footsteps of Nathanael Herreshoff or Daniel Fones are just as happy as first-time charter guests that hire a skipper to take them out on the water. Rhode Island, in general, and the area around Newport (home of the America’s Cup) are simply a sailors’ paradise. As a lifelong sailor myself, I love the rocky coastline spotted with white sand beaches, the sea life, like birds and seals, and the rich maritime history this region represents.

Newport Rhode Island

8. Are there any signature dishes guests should try while in the area?

Seafood is the way to go when chartering here in Rhode Island. Fresh shellfish or grilled fish, such as striped bass are a must when dining in Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. Native delicacies include scallops, oysters, and clams (think Clam Chowder). The clam bed in the bay just off our base attracts many local clammers. Fish & chips, especially those prepared with the local cod, are quite popular and widely available.

One of my favorite restaurants to try these dishes is Greenwich Bay Oyster Bar with master oyster shucker Miles here in town. The place rivals the Oyster Bar in New York City’s Central Station. Highly recommend it.

Another culinary attraction are the many craft breweries in Rhode Island.

Vintage sail boats in Nantucket

9. Who else is on your team here in Rhode Island?

This summer we have Captain Matt, from our Dream Yacht in St. Thomas, and Captain Stefany supporting us with their sailing and technical expertise. I’m very happy to have them on my team and look forward to welcoming our guests for a sailing charter vacation in Rhode Island here at the Greenwich Cove Marina.

Get in touch with our team of expert Charter Planners today for more information about bareboat or skippered yacht charters in Rhode Island.

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