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Rhode Island has some of the most renowned sailing and yacht locations in the world, but there are activities for all ages and people to experience the beautiful waters of Rhode Island. The state Tourism Board has compiled its top picks for boating and yachting travelers this summer and into the fall. If you’ll be in the northeast, you might want to check them out or even participate.
Annual Blessing of the Fleet (July 30th at noon) in Narragansett, RI. The Annual Blessing of the Fleet is an opportunity to watch hundreds of vessels be decorated and compete for prizes! This is a tradition that is a must-see as distinguished clergymen bless each of the vessels that are in the parade.
Blessing of the Fleet Participants
16th Annual Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Festival (September 2, 2016) 98 Tim Healey Way, Pawtucket, RI
This is catered to be a family-friendly event that consists of doing something that is not an everyday activity! This is a great way to learn a little about Chinese culture while also engaging in some fun competition. Join the locals who attend this free event and make it a tradition for your family.
46th Annual Newport International Boat Show (September 15th-18th) 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI This event encompasses 13 acres of the Newport waterfront with all different types of powerboats and sailboats to look at! Near the shore, there will be many services (international & domestic dealers will be present) that will be offered to enhance your current boating lifestyle. Many countries are represented at this international event, so be sure to catch this once a year opportunity!
Rum Runner II 24 Bannister’s Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
This yacht was built in 1929 during the Prohibition days and was for mobsters trying to escape the Coast Guard. Riding the Rum Runner II is a great way to get the luxury of a yacht while also getting a blast from the past of riding smuggler boats! This is a great way to experience the history of one of the most beautiful harbors in Rhode Island!