Charter Yachts and Bermuda Racers Gather to Race and Mingle in Newport

By: At the Shows, Destinations

Writer, Editor and Sailor, Bob Curley, is a Rhode Island Expert who contributes to American Sailing on sailing New England and the Caribbean. The beauty, glory and occasional danger of sailing were all on display the third week of June in Newport, R.I., as the city hosted both the Newport Charter Yacht Show and the Newport Bermuda Race. A total of 18 charter yachts took part in the June 20-23 show, including monohull sailing yachts Wild Horses, Rebecca of Yineyardhaven, Aresthusa, and Augusta Maverick, and the sailing catamaran Gaia. Yachts ranged in length from 60 feet (Aresthusa) to the 164-foot …

Newport for Sailors

By: Cruising Tips, Destinations

Writer and Editor, Bob Curley, is a Rhode Island Expert who offers up some tips for your visit to New Port, Rhode Island. Don’t let the mansions and the parade of summer visitors trolling the boutique shops of Thames Street fool you: Newport, R.I., is first and foremost a sailing town, and that’s been the case since the city was founded in 1639. The city is synonymous with 12-meter yacht racing, with the Newport-based New York Yacht Club holding an unsurpassed 25 America’s Cup titles. The annual Newport Bermuda Race remains one of the nation’s top ocean races. If you …

History of Yachting

History of the Yacht

By: Sailing History

When does a boat become a yacht? One answer has always been, you can tell a yacht when you see one. But, It really has nothing to do with size of the boat, weight of the boat, its style, sleeping quarters, heads, tillers, or a wheel. A yacht is a boat that was designed for the express pleasure of its owner. The yacht is an invention of the 14th century Dutch. The Dutch used small, fast boats for chasing smugglers, pirates and criminals. Rich ship owners and merchants began using these small “jaghts” to sail out to celebrate their returning …