Live Aboard Cruising -Newport

Published by Swain Sailing School and Yacht Charters on Friday, 4th January 2002 - 12:40PM in Sail Training


Live Aboard Cruising- Jamestown, RI

Certifications: Basic Cruising; Bareboat Cruising

Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat

This course is designed to instill complete confidence in captaining a bigger (+36') sailboat. Bareboating is not necessarily difficult to do, if you want to do it with comfort and confidence, if your goal is to be certified and confident to bareboat in the US, Canada, Caribbean or the Med; or simply want to feel comfortable as competent crew, this course will get you to your goal. For those looking for the certification, upon successful completion of this course, students will achieve their bareboat cruising certification.

Training Yachts: 

Beneteau 39 3 cabin/2 head

Beneteau 43 3 cabin/ 3 head

Hanse 505 4 cabin/2 head


Our Live Aboard - New England course is based out of Long Wharf Marina, Newport, Rhode Island, giving us a multitude of sailing destinations. From the vibrant and tradition soaked Newport, to the fabled laid back splendor of Bristol, Tiverton and Jamestown. Destinations also include Block Island, Cuttyhunk, and Martha’s Vineyard to name a few. This area is usually governed by southwesterly sea breezes that pick up in the afternoons. Sailing these waters can prove more challenging than what we experience in the BVI. Owing to its latitude, we experience currents, tides, and fog; all of which calls for a more cognitive approach to this historical sailing venue.

The following is an example of the 5 day/4 night Live Aboard Cruising itinerary and curriculum:

Day 1:Wickford, RI

Go over the onboard systems, review running and standing rigging, throttle controls , and wheel steering. Stow away personal belongings and store the provisions; check safety gear. Practice maneuvering and docking. Put together a plan concerning course and navigation and get underway. Our first night location is charming Wickford, RI, a favorite anchorage on Narrangansett Bay...Enroute we will refresh right of way rules, raising, trimming and lowering sails and piloting. Anchor or pick up mooring ball for the evening. Master the clove hitch and figre eight.

Recommended onshore activities: The town of Wickford offers charm, history and beauty. Walk down Main Street to glimpse the 18th century architecture, St. Paul's Church, one of the oldest churches in America and a host of shops and homes that make up the quaint village.

Block Island ; image courtesy Terrablau

Day 2:

After checking the weather and tides you will plot a course accordingly for Block Island, approximately 15 miles away and usually upwind- a perfect opportunity to put the boat through a series of tacks and perfecting your timing and sail tweaking. As we do on every approach, we'll check the cruising guides and tide tables to ensure the boat is securely anchored for the evening over the tidal range. Enroute: Perfect sail trim and shape.MOB's. Heaving to.Piloting. Current and tide

Recommended onshore activities: Catch a launch into the village and have a nocturnal look around this boaters' paradise. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to catch a late bite, dessert, or a night cap.

Day 3:

Cuttyhunk Island is the destination. After a full navigation lecture, we'll cover skills that include set and drift, GPS, and more DR fixes. The rhumb line being 5-10 miles offshore doesn't allow for spot on land fixes, so use of the log and dead reckoning skills is enhanced. Arrive Cuttyhunk mid afternoon. En route: sail trim for reaches. Boom preventer. Jibes.

Recommended onshore activities: Cuttyhunk is a lovely island to tour on foot, renting bikes is also a terrific option. Order up conch chowder and lobster dinner delivered to the boat by launch.

Day 4:

Sail up Buzzard's Bay and stopping at one of the many spots the Elizabeth Island chain - Woods Hole, Hadley Harbour, Tarpaulin Cove. Other choices have us carrying on further north and anchoring in Padanaram, Mattapoisett, or Marion to name a few. En route tou will use all of the navigational and piloting tools learned thus far. More MOB's. Fuel,cooling,lubrication and electrical systems.

Day 5:

We begin heading west back towards Narragansett today, skirting along the lovely south coast of Mass and RI. Newport is the destination. Students continue to draw up the course, factor the current and leeway, and deliver us into Newport.

Recommended onshore activities: A quaint town with terrific harbor side restaurants. Walk the docks and find yourself at the International Yacht Restoration Museum. Tour the mansions on Bellevue Ave and Ocean Drive and finish by watching the sunset at the Inn at Castle Hill (our favorite spot). Tennis Hall of Fame.


Monohull: $2095pp.

Tuition includes:

  • 5 nights sleep aboard (including night of arrival on Sunday)
  • 5 full days of instruction
  • Provisioning: All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Boat water and fuel
  • Yacht Insurance
  • Texts and exam fees

Not included: Meals ashore, beverages and ice, instructor's gratuity.

Contact Us to check availability in our Group courses or for Private Course Rates

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A minimum deposit of 50% of total package is due at the time of the booking. Balance is due 60 days prior to the course start date.

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