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Yacht Charter Rhode Island

While many sailing destinations claim to be the best in the world, Rhode Island, with the “Sailing Capital of the World” Newport, over 400 miles of shoreline, and a rich maritime heritage, really is at the heart, with its scenic cruising grounds making it the ideal location for a perfect summer getaway.

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  • Beautiful scenery
  • Diverse cruising grounds
  • Quaint towns

Rhode Island yacht rental

Newport beach vacation

Located between Nantucket and Long Island, our base in East Greenwich, Rhode Island provides easy access to this amazing cruising ground and Newport’s charming downtown area, where you’ll find the historic homes of many seafaring captains. Newport also hosts the world’s most prestigious sailing race, the America’s Cup.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to the itinerary of your Rhode Island charter boat holiday, taking in some of the most notable tourist destinations in the US, including Nantucket, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, the summer playground of the rich and famous.

On your Rhode Island yacht rental, you can also head to The Hamptons on Long Island and explore its charming towns and villages, gourmet restaurants, lively bars and upscale boutiques. If you’re looking to get back to nature, you can spend your day whale watching, fishing, hiking or picnicking in Wetherill State Park at the south eastern tip of Conanicut Island. 

Our charter base is located at the Greenwich Cove Marina in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, just a short sail from Newport.

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Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway..
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.

Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.

Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.

SailShare

Low package rates for island-hopping aboard a sailing yacht.

Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean holiday.

Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.

Things to do in Rhode Island

Newport boat sailing charter

Enjoy a world famous cliff walk

If it’s peace and quiet you’re after, Newport’s 3.5-mile cliff walk is your ticket to escape. On one side, you’ll have infinite views of the Atlantic Ocean and the sound of waves crashing against the rocks. On the other, you’ll catch a glimpse of the Gilded Age mansions. It’s the best of both worlds, so it’s no wonder it’s one of the top things to do in Rhode Island.

Stroll around Newport Historic District

See the regal 19th century mansions along Bellevue Avenue for instant property gratification. Some of them are museums, so save some time to take a look at the interiors.

Head to Thames Street and Broadway

Discover countless shops and restaurants while sailing Rhode Island. You can find everything from seafood classics to Japanese ramen noodles and a lively nightlife scene.

Relax with paddleboarding

Head to Conanicut Marina in the neighboring town of Jamestown. Enjoy some SUP action along this wonderful coast.

Catch the waves

If you love the surf, then you will want to head to Sachuest Beach to enjoy the best of the region’s surfing. It’s one of the most popular things to do in Rhode Island.

Weather insights

Newport coast boat charter

When is the best time to go to Rhode Island?

The best time to visit Rhode Island is in summer when the weather is great, with average high temperatures of 80ºF most days, and average lows of about 60ºF in the evening. There are over 200 sunny days each year in Rhode Island.

What are the sailing conditions in Rhode Island?

From April to October, experience calmer winds perfect for any sailing vacation. The best wind of the year comes in July, reaching up to six miles per hour.

Newport sailing family vacation

Sail Rhode Island with Dream Yacht Charter

Rhode Island boat hire

Sail Rhode Island and explore the sailing grounds from the Hamptons to Nantucket and beyond. Enjoy sailing our catamarans in this special region of the US. Find out more about our Rhode Island bareboat fleet.

Skippered yacht charter Rhode Island

Hire a skipper to sail Rhode Island and enjoy a wonderful sailing vacation. Sailing experience isn’t needed as your skipper will sail you and your guests around Rhode Island’s cruising grounds while you relax.

Newport coast bay beautiful landscape

Rhode Island sailing itinerary

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7-day itinerary Rhode Island

Day 1: Warwick, Rhode Island

Spend the night at our Newport base located at Warwick. Grab dinner and drinks at one of the many area restaurants.

Day 2: Menemsha

Set sail from Warwick for Menemsha, on Martha’s Vineyard. Menemsha is known as the filming location for Steven Spielberg’s summer-thriller, Jaws. This quiet fishing village features many delicious seafood restaurants and beautiful sandy beaches with dunes aplenty. While visiting Menemsha Beach, check out the Swordfish Harpooner sculpture.

Day 3: Nantucket

Sail in the morning from Menemsha to Nantucket, an old whaling port just 20 or so miles from Cape Cod. The Nantucket area is known for its pristine beaches, cobblestone streets, historic homes and wine festivals.

Day 4: Oak Bluffs

After experiencing Nantucket, set sail towards Oak Bluffs, a small, charming Martha’s Vineyard town. The Oak Bluffs area features tiny shops, restaurants and bars, along with a beautiful beach. Be sure to check out the Campground, a neighborhood featuring small, colorful cottages that look straight out of a storybook.

Day 5: Cuttyhunk

Carry on with your New England sailing adventure by heading towards Cuttyhunk Island, the outermost of the Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. This small island has a population of only around 52 people and features many places to grab a bite to eat and relax. While there, be sure to stop by Church’s Beach, one of Buzzards Bay’s most beautiful sandy spots.

Day 6: Conanicut Island

Your journey continues on to Jamestown, on Conanicut Island, the second largest island in Narragansett Bay. The area is known as being the filming location for many movies including Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, which perfectly captures New England’s sleepy seaside vibe. Jamestown has a wide variety of restaurants and bars to choose from along with some great beaches and cliffs to relax at.

Day 7: Sailing to Warwick

On your final day return back to Warwick.

Useful information for yacht charters in Rhode Island

Newport cliff landscape

How do I get to Rhode Island from the UK?

Fly into Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (PVD), a short 15-minute taxi ride to our base in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Logan International Airport (BOS) is 64 miles from the base, or a one-hour and 15-minute drive by car/shuttle. There are regular flights from most domestic and international cities with all major airline carriers, please check the schedule at the airport’s website.

What language is spoken in Rhode Island?

The language spoken in Rhode Island is English.

What is the currency for Rhode Island?

The currency in Rhode Island is the United States Dollar (USD).

What documents do I need to sail Rhode Island?

Visitors to the United States will need a passport, valid for the duration of their stay, and a visa, unless they are a resident of a visa-waiver country.

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel for your Rhode Island charter yacht vacation.

How do I get around Rhode Island?

The transport system in Rhode Island is comprehensive and includes trains, taxis, ride-sharing and buses, making it easy for getting around Rhode Island.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Rhode Island?

Wi-Fi is available at our marina and it is easily accessible in Rhode Island during your Rhode Island yacht rental.

What regulations are there in Rhode Island?

Night sailing is not permitted.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Rhode Island?

For a seven-day forecast, visit the Marine Weather website.

What provisioning is there in Rhode Island?

There are plenty of choices for provisioning ahead of your Rhode Island yacht charter. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my Rhode Island charter yacht vacation?

Please take only soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in Rhode Island?

The land electrical current in Rhode Island is 110V.

What is the dialing code for Rhode Island?

The dialing code Rhode Island is +1.

What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.

Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:

  • More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
  • 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
  • 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
  • Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee

How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?

Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.

What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?

The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.

Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?

Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.

Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?

Minimum Age: 16 years old

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Absolutely amazing! Fred + Isabelle were so accommodating and did so much for us. Isabelle’s food was incredible. Thanks so much!

Laura

Exumas Cabin

Excellent. Very professional and great service!

Thomas

Antigua Bareboat

Just what we needed coming out of a year of lockdown, to see new places and connect with nature. Highly recommended for your next sailing adventure!

Johan

St. Martin Bareboat

Excellent cruise and very good stay. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.

Maxime

Guadeloupe Skippered

Just returned from another fantastic sailing week at your base in Pula and I would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible on such short notice and without any problems.

Mathias

Croatia Bareboat

The marina itself is a perfect starting point with great facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was amazing and very knowledgeable of the area.”

Jonathan

Spain Skippered

What an AMAZING experience. We’ve just returned from a week long skippered charter from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian. Paxos, Antipaxos and Corfu Old Town were beautiful and the secluded bays we had the pleasure of visiting thanks to our local skipper, Nicholas, were simply overwhelming. Fly and flops are no longer for us – we’ll be chartering with DYC for the foreseeable future.

David

Greece Skippered

Our group of 10 had an AMAZING time in French Polynesia from May 21-28, 2022! The food was amazing, our captain and chef, husband and wife: Henry and Mehee (sp), were incredible and the whole experience on board was a dream! We can’t wait to book another trip through DYC

Katie

Tahiti Crewed Premium

DYC provided a great sailing experience for my extended family on 2 monos out of Scrub Island. The boats were in great shape and preformed perfectly and the staff were friendly and helpful. Having worked for a number of charter companies over the years DYC is one of the best.

Charlie

British Virgin Islands Bareboat

Baja is my favorite place now. There was something for everyone: sailed under northerlies with mostly calm evenings, snorkeled, fished, bummed it on the sandy beaches, enchanted by pelicans feeding, greeted by the barking sea lions and explored the Ispiritu Santo island geology. DYC La Paz base provided competent professional support with a well provisioned and maintained boat. We were nourished well by an onboard cook arranged with DYC freeing us all for more play. A vacation and an adventure connected with nature.

Taiyoko

Mexico Crewed Premium

All staff were fantastic and made our trip very memorable. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was amazing. The service throughout the trip was always first class!

Tommy

Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommended. Perfect service and set up. Will charter again and will recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.

Zahradnik

Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of amazing sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. I would like to express my thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our hostess.

Giles

Sardinia Bareboat

For a first cruise as a skipper, the Mediterranean is great. The Dream Yacht Charter service is too!

Thomas

France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and actually got engaged on the first night of our sail! We will certainly be back one day. Thank you for getting us ready for our charter. We were definitely beginners but he gave us a very thorough but very easy to follow training and it gave us a lot of confidence.

George

Australia 

The on board experience was way beyond our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. We could not believe her creativity and delicious meals. Thomas was an excellent skipper. He was always on the lookout for our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, New Caledonia bareboat with crew charter

Spira

New Caledonia Bareboat

Yet again another fantastic sail with another great crew. Thanks again to a great captain and cook. Was totally fantastic.

Connie

Seychelles Easy Crewed

It’s always a pleasure sailing with DYC in the UK. Great team, great boats, great sailing. Very flexible and work hard to make your trip a success. Many thanks.

Derek

Brittany Cabin

Unforgettable spots to snorkel and beaches. Very experienced crew. Highly recommend.

Simone

No Country Selected Bareboat

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