Sample Itinerary: New England
This sample itinerary for a 7-night yacht charter in New England
New England: 7-day yacht charter sailing itinerary
Sail to Block Island, Rhode Island. This is
approximately a 3 to 4 hour sail depending on the weather. A beautiful
island - a nice place to rent bicycles or mopeds and explore.
Go to the Mohegan Bluffs and enjoy the view.
Sail to Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard. Edgartown
has become a fashionable summer enclave for upscale city folk looking
to be close to big water when the hotel season starts its engine. It's
an old fashioned looking village whose narrow and leafy streets are
fringed with gracious historic homes named after their original,
seafaring owners. Sailing is a passion here. In mid-July the Edgartown
Yacht Club sponsors the modestly-if not definitely-week-long race named
"The Regatta". The ocean sailing competition (open to the public) draws
more than 100 boats that range from 19 feet to 60 feet.
For those not up to such a tasking challenge, the
village is thronged with beaches. Lighthouse Beach is off the entrance
to Edgartown Harbor, to starboard; and between Oak Bluffs and the
village is the state beach, running for two miles. Both beaches, as you
might well expect, get very crowed during the summer.
On Chappaquiddick Island, between the other
beaches, is the Cape Pogue
Wildlife Refuge. Summer people aren't crowds in this area, so it's a
fine place to lose yourself if you're up for an invigorating, scenic
On the mainland - the main island, that is - is
another choice hiking
ground, especially if you're an avid birder. The Felix Neck Wildlife
Sanctuary is a 200-acre tract owned and operated by the Massachusetts
Audubon Society. By the summer the nature trails are ripe with wild
blueberry, blackberry and beach plums.
Rent a bike and visit the beaches at Gay Head
where you can take a clay
Sail to Nantucket. You may want to spend a few
days here, if you can. Nice shopping, wonderful restaurants and a
Rising 100 feet above the sea, Nantucket is
fifteen miles long and lays three miles wide at its widest. It is
amazing how busy it gets on a dot of land in the Atlantic.
Although there are a surprising number of cars, most people rely on
bikes or mopeds for transportation. Nantucket, as you might expect has
a great deal to offer in the way of interesting historical sights, and
finding your way to them in this town of shaded side streets should
prove to be equally enjoyable, if not outright adventurous.
Undoubtedly, one of the more popular stops is the
Whaling Museum on Broad Street, just up from Steamboat Wharf.
Originally a factory for refining Whale oil, the museum has all the
tools of the trade, as well as a full-sized whale skeleton, a
whaleboat, and an unparalleled collection of scrimshaw. Lecture tours
of the exhibit are offered also.
Besides the shops and galleries that jam the town,
fishing charters are one of the most prevalent leisure choices in this
town. You will find an unrelenting number of operations to choose from
at Straight Wharf.
Swimming and surfing are, of course, favorite
activities, and most of the beaches are pleasant for both-particularly
Surfside and Nobadeer beaches, while the waves at Sconset can get
dangerous. Cisco is a narrow, hence less popular and less
But being bicycle bound you may also want to
explore what the wilder portions of the island have to show you. The
picturesque bike paths are outlined clearly. The area is protected by
the Nantucket Conservation Foundation which owns more than 7,700 acres
of land, chock full of deer, marsh hawks, and the rare broom crowberry.
Spend another day in Nantucket.
Head to Woods Hole. What's nice about visiting
Woods Hole-assuming you can find a place to leave your boat-is that the
town, though crowded, is compact and everything can be reached on foot,
especially from Eel Pond, at the heart of the village. From the
entrance to Eel Pond, at the Water Street Bridge, we'll take a
Depending on the time of year, you may see one of
the 125-foot schooners, the R/V Westward and R/V Corwith operated by
the Sea Education Association (SEA) tied up at the main wharf, as you
head west on Water Street.
The Community Hall at the Water Street Bridge is a
century-old building where you'll find a bulletin board of current
events in town. A couple of blocks west is the Yalden Sundial, which,
it's claimed, is accurate to within 30 seconds. Here you can
synchronize your crew's watches and get a great view of Woods Hole
Passage and the Elizabeth Islands at the same time.
Nearby, to your right on the aptly named MBL
Street, is the privately operating Marine Biological Laboratory.
Limited tours of the laboratories themselves are available with prior
arrangements. At the end of Water Street is the popular Woods Hole
Aquarium next to the entrance to the National Marine Fisheries Service
facility. It's home to 150 species of sea life and a lively pool of
Atlantic seals who are always a big crowd-pleaser - particularly at
their two daily feedings.
Sail to Cuttyhunk. Cuttyhunk is the most populated
of the Elizabeth Islands, and the only one that has a year round
community-albeit only 40 people. Many of the families have been here
for generations and make their living from the fishing or the tourism
industries, which increases the population to about 400 people during
the summer. The nearly self-sufficient community shares the island (2.5
miles by 0.75 miles) with deer, rabbit, muskrats, and pelagic seabirds.
The waters off Cuttyhunk are superb fishing grounds for striped bass,
many of which have been logged as world records.
Cuttyhunk is a dry island (meaning no liquor is
sold there), so you'll have to bring your own thirst-quenchers if you
want something strong to drink. The Allen House offers casual dining at
a reasonable price and with a panoramic view of Vineyard Sound. There's
also a bakery in town (sensibly called the Bakery) that serves
breakfast and lunch items along with pastries and other goodies.
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