NEW ENGLAND YACHT CHARTER GUIDE
FROM THE HISTORY AND HOSPITALITY ASHORE TO THE BEAUTY AND HERITAGE OF ITS COASTLINE, NEW ENGLAND IS LIKE A GIANT DOT-TO-DOT MAP OF CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS AND GORGEOUS SCENERY
Fondly considered to be the home of yachting in North America, New England’s rugged coastline is endowed with nautical playgrounds and towns steeped in maritime history. Mingle with the yachting crowd in Newport, soak up the laid-back East Coast ambiance on the stylish holiday islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and cruise to the 17th-century college town of Boston. For longer charters, the natural beauty of Maine should not be missed.
New England has long been America’s holiday destination of choice. In the 19th century, the rich and famous headed for what they called “summer cottages”, but are, in reality, grand mansions. Glamorous figures like John F Kennedy and JD Rockefeller, who spent their summers sailing in and around Newport, favored the coastline for its beauty and heritage. Today Newport, Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket continue to attract notable names to America’s postcard summer yachting destination.
The whole of New England abounds with cultural highlights with something for everyone: gorgeous scenery, charm in abundance and great sporting diversity. Mingle with the yachting crowd in New England’s most charismatic seafront city of Newport, the yachting capital of the world and long-time home of the America’s Cup, before cruising on to the stylish Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket Town on the tiny island of Nantucket. Back on the mainland, sail alongside pretty pastel clapperboard houses along this most historic and scenic of cruising grounds to the 17th century college town of Boston and the rocky coastline of Maine. Follow in the wake of the Pilgrims as you glide into Provincetown and you will understand why they settled here. Many of the world’s finest superyachts call these cruising grounds home in summer months – charter a luxury yacht and you will be in great company.
- Visit the Mayflower II, Plymouth
- Swim in the still waters of Nantucket Sound
- Climb the 75-meter Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown
- Visit the Nantucket Whaling Museum
- Hook up with the Freedom Trail – a red brick line that winds around Boston’s historic sights
- Lunch in the cosmopolitan Harvard Square, Boston
- Walk along the cliffs of Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard
- Taste lobster at The Clarke Cooke House, Newport
- Head to the Castle Inn for the best sunset in Newport
After disembarking in Boston, if you have time then visit the Museum of Fine Art. Its collections of European sculptures and decorative arts are among the largest in the US and it houses one of the finest collections of Monet outside of France. Alternatively, head out of the city on a leisurely drive to the North Shore and Salem. Home to the famous witch trials of 1692, when a mass witch hunt led to the execution of 20 people; a sobering yet fascinating story.
Newport has long been the gateway to New England, especially for yachtsmen. Longtime home of the America’s Cup, the quintessential New England seaside town is a bastion of sailing. Experience the wealth and power of those who made Newport a center of grand society with a visit to one of the Newport Mansions. Spend the afternoon strolling along Cliff Walk before joining the yachting crowd in the bars and the restaurants that line the yachting capital’s lively waterfront.
DAYS 2 & 3
NEWPORT TO MARTHA’S VINEYARD (60 NAUTICAL MILES)
Set a compass for the exclusive summer destination of Martha’s Vineyard, known for its beaches, boardwalks and quaint towns. Bike along the paths that line the wild coastline. Step ashore to Edgartown for an island clambake – a Vineyard tradition. Browse the shops and restaurants, or buy some fresh fish from the fishmonger on the dock for an evening-feast on board.
MARTHA’S VINEYARD TO NANTUCKET (20 NAUTICAL MILES)
Cruise to the crescent shaped Nantucket Island. Dock in Nantucket Boat Basin and explore the wonderful restaurants, antique shops and galleries in Nantucket Town. Roam this crescent-shaped island on bicycle, taking in its lighthouse and stately 18th and 19th century homes. Take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean from one of the many beautiful wild beaches.
NANTUCKET TO PROVINCETOWN (58 NAUTICAL MILES)
Located at the most northerly point of Cape Cod, Provincetown is edged with beaches that disappear into the open sea. Discover the Outer Cape by bicycle. The fishing village and artistic community is both scenic and welcoming and the surrounding areas offer plenty of opportunities to explore the vast stretches of sand dune, forests, beaches and open sea.
PROVINCETOWN TO PLYMOUTH (20 NAUTICAL MILES)
Cruise across the bay of Cape Cod to Plymouth. The town is supposedly where the Pilgrim Fathers first settled. Visit the Mayflower II – a replica of the 17th-century ship Mayflower, celebrated for transporting the Pilgrims to the New World in November 1620.
PLYMOUTH TO BOSTON (25 NAUTICAL MILES)
Watch for whale pods as you cruise to the university town of Boston. Rich in history and tradition, Boston successfully combines big city style with a small-town ambience and atmosphere. Hook up with the Freedom Trail – a red brick line that winds around 2.5 miles of the city, linking 16 of the most historic sites.