SAILING-CLASSICS SAILING TRIPS ALONG THE US EAST COAST
Newark – Manhattan – Port Jefferson/Long Island – Sag Harbor (Hamptons, Long Island) – Block Island – Newport
Through a recommendation we became aware of the SY Arabella, the flagship of the Manhattan Yacht Club in New York - a 52 m long 3 mast schooner with 18 double cabins in three categories, all in classic English boat style, with saloon and bar in the deckhouse, a large outdoor seat aft under the bimini, a berth on the foredeck (and a jacuzzi at the stern).
We have seen the ship ourselves in September and at least made a ride under engine along the skyline of Manhattan and past the Statue of Liberty - under a bright blue sky a grandiose sight and great cinema ...
We liked it so much that we arranged with the responsible Commodore for 2020 two exclusive charters with complete crew of the Arabella for sailing classics.
The trips could be perfectly combined with a few days in New York in advance and a few days in Newport, on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket afterwards (or on to Boston and the New England states for the Indian Summer) for the first date - or just the other way around for the second date.
Especially Newport, Rhode Island is a Mecca for sailors - for decades the America's Cup was held here. The largest and most beautiful yachts in the world still sail here. Bristol, not far from Newport, was the seat of the legendary Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, which dominated classic yacht building for over 70 years. In the Herreshoff Marine Museum, the America's Cup Hall of Fame, more than 60 yachts are shown along with a lot of history and stories.
But also non-sailors get their money's worth - more than 200 colonial houses have been preserved in the historic city centre. Bars and restaurants line the harbour, Bellevue Avenue and Cliff Walk the Mansions, the magnificent 'summer houses' of the industrial captains built around 1890...