One Square Mile: Why Sailing Should Matter To Every Rhode Islander

Oct 6, 2014

We’re launching our series One Square Mile and this time we’re focused on Narragansett Bay. The bay plays an enormous role in making Rhode Island a sailing mecca.

Sail Newport’s Executive Director Brad Read hops on one of the organization’s sailboats and starts pulling the line connected to the main sail. “You picked a perfect day, you couldn’t have asked for a dryer more perfect wind, beautiful blue sky,” said Read. “And you’re here at Sail Newport about to sail on one of our J-22’s.”

It’s one of 14 new boats built last year with the parts all coming from Rhode Island. “We consider ourselves a fabric of the marine community and since we do have the best boat building in the world here in Rhode Island why shouldn’t we get all our parts and pieces in Rhode Island,” said Read.

Sail Newport's Brad Read taking a sail around Newport Harbor.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Sail Newport uses the boats to teach adults and kids who perhaps would never have access to a sailboat.

We take off into Newport Harbor chocked full of boats of all shapes and sizes, so we start our conversation about the state’s sailing community.

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