Cruising Grounds

20 MILES AROUND... San Francisco, California San Francisco may be the “most European” American city, but San Francisco Bay and the views of whitecaps beyond the cable-car lines make this more than just a California placename. The ocean beyond the Golden Gate is challenging. Within the shelter of the bay is sailing adventure enough, with its typical brisk and chilly sea breeze and
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20 MILES AROUND... San Francisco, California

San Francisco may be the “most European” American city, but San Francisco Bay and the views of whitecaps beyond the cable-car lines make this more than just a California placename. The ocean beyond the Golden Gate is challenging. Within the shelter of the bay is sailing adventure enough, with its typical brisk and chilly sea breeze and strong currents. Then there are the microclimates. Often, the central bay bears the brunt of wind and fog, while the north shore basks in sunshine. Visitors notice a paucity of gunkhole cruising. Locals say, Yes, but what a spectacular place to sail.

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20 MILES AROUND... Charleston, South Carolina

The city of Charleston, with its antebellum and Civil War attractions, stunning old mansions, and excellent restaurants, is a haven for history buffs and foodies alike. And within 20 miles of the city are the quiet beaches and anchorages of the barrier islands. Sailors can venture into the open waters of the Atlantic or sail the vast expanse of marsh, creeks, and rivers to visit quiet beaches and hideaways.

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20 MILES AROUND... Newport, Rhode Island

The name “Newport” is synonymous with sailing. Quiet anchorages, remote beaches, bustling fishing towns, and gourmet restaurants all exist within a 20-mile sail of this
historic harbor. Enjoy the stronger winds and open water of Rhode Island
and Block Island sounds, or explore Narragansett Bay, where winds tend
to be lighter. Whether you’re after a day’s adventure or a weekend cruise, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts waters.

FARTHER AFIELD:

Brenton Cove, Newport
Brenton Cove is a quiet place to anchor or moor for lunch or overnight.

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