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(content provided by Newport This Week)
Important Numbers
 
Newport Harbor Master
         Captain Jake Farrell

848-6492, VHF: 14,16
Coast Guard 846-3675, FHF: 16
Police 847-1212
Fire & Rescue 846-2211
Newport Recreation Dept. 846-1398
DEM - Marine Patrol 277-2063
U.S. Customs, Mr. Monk 847-2744

Dinghy Docks

Anne Street Pier 847-1969, VHF: 78
Bowens Wharf 849-2234, VHF: 78
King Park, Wellington Avenue
Sail Newport at Fort Adams

Launch Ramps

        Elm Street, King Park, Fort Adams State Park
 

 
Newport Harbor

   Pump-Out Facilities

Goat Island, Long Wharf Marina, Newport Yachting Center, Newport Yacht Club, Ida Lewis Yacht Club

From the Harbor Master

If you arrived by water, you know how easily accessible we are to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Few harbors can lay claim to our deep, protected and user-friendly natural channels and waterways.

If you didnít arrive by boat, I encourage you to take advantage of the many tour and charter boats available throughout the harbor. After all, you should experience firsthand why Newport is so famous.

If yachting history interests you, then youíve come to the right place. Newport has become the mecca for yacht restoration. Just take a stroll down to the International Yacht Restoration School on Thames Street. There you will find a dozen boats in various states of restoration. Or you could take a drive out to Fort Adams to visit the Museum of Yachting. There you will also find boats on display that are being worked on, as well as the Americaís Cup Gallery and the Single-Handed Hall of Fame.

Many people assume that the mansions of Bellevue Avenue were built as summer cottages because of Newportís social scene. But in fact, it was air-conditioning, or the lack thereof, that brought these "cottage dwellers" here to enjoy the spa-like effect of the southwest wind, otherwise known as the "billion dollar breeze? íThis local phenomenon is also responsible for our internationally acclaimed yachting events.

The harbor is now going through a renaissance, which should aid the transient boater in many ways. The Newport Shipyard has been sold to a group that wants to promote and provide services to the yachting community. A new free dinghy dock (with trash facilities) is in place at King Park with two additional ones proposed in the downtown area. Pump-out facilities are available at most fuel docks; a pump-out facility on the free-water dock (at the mooring near Bannisters Wharf) will soon be operational.

The New York Yacht Club "Young America" team is in New Zealand preparing to bring the Americaís Cup back home. But in the meantime, Newport hosts more regattas and on-water special events than any other city in the world. All moorings in Newport Harbor are on a first-come, first-served basis and can be obtained on VHF channels 09 and 68. Harbormaster can be hailed on channel 16 for anchoring information.

Enjoy your stay in Newport, and if you are travelling to the east, beware of the fish traps off Sakonnet Point; they are hard to see and can foul your prop. Donít attempt to transit at night, and keep well to the south when sailing by the Point.

Fair tides,

Jake Farrell, Newport Harbor Master

 



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