Herreshoff Marine Museum and Ameerica's Cup Hall of Fame
Herreshoff Marine Museum America's Cup Hall of Fame
Offered by the Herreshoff Marine Museum

Set Sail in Bristol Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Choose a tour, private lesson, or charter with a professional captain and crew.  Call (401) 253-5000.
KESTREL is available for harbor tours, sunset sails, full and half-day sails, weekend and overnight charters to the islands of the Bay.  KESTREL, one of fourteen famous Fishers Island 31s designed and built by the Herreshoff Mfg. Co., is the flagship of the Museum, a traveling exhibit, and our good-will ambassador.  (KESTREL is a 1927 Fishers Island 31; 43’ overall)
KESTREL Charter Fees:
E A R L Y / L A T E   S E A S O N   S P E C I A L : $100/person for 2 hours
2-hour harbor tour or sunset sail: $500 for up to 6 people
Half-day charter: $800
Full Day Charter: $1500
Day Sails: Up to 6 guests
Overnight Charters: Up to 4 guests

S M A L L   B O A T S  –  B I G   A D V E N T U R E S
Come for a lesson or harbor tour in an iconic, Bristol-built Herreshoff 12 ½. These seaworthy small craft comfortably carry 2-3 adults (plus an instructor) or 3-4 children (plus our instructor).
Private Instruction:  Two-hour minimum
Rates:                   Member               Non-Member
Weekday:              $45/hour             $65/hour
Weekend:             $58/hour             $78/hour


The KESTREL Youth Program

Overnight Sailing Changes Lives!  You could be aboard the next trip.  The Herreshoff Marine Museum invites you aboard KESTREL, our Fishers Island 31 built in 1927. KESTREL, very original, and tastefully modernized by the donor, is the flagship vessel of the Seamanship Program of the Herreshoff Marine Museum.  She is available for harbor tours, charter, does outreach to neighboring clubs, and runs these overnight youth trips. 
Our standard overnight trips are offered twice weekly during July, departing Monday and Thursday morning and returning the next day at 4pm. The night will be spent anchored in one of the many coves of Narragansett Bay. All meals are included.
Looking for something easier? Wednesday evening racing is a thrill you won't soon forget. Don't fancy racing?  Join us for a harbor tour and enjoy Bristol the best way possible!
"All sail was set with a light wind off the shore, and behind the beam.  We could smell the honeysuckle in the sand dunes as we reached down the beach.  At the change of the watch safety harnesses were exchanged for bunks.  Three hours later we swapped again, the lights of Newport ahead."  - 2012 log entry

Photos by: Mary Feeny

We are proud to offer unique overnight trips for teenagers (and adults) aboard KESTREL, the Museum’s flagship, again this year. Our basic trips will depart every Monday and Thursday, returning in the afternoon of the next day.  Each trip will include meals and lodging aboard in a nearby cove of Narragansett Bay. These trips include instruction in seamanship skills such as navigation, or coastal piloting, reefing, and anchoring. The KESTREL program promotes safety at sea and near-coastal cruising.  Standing watch aboard will inspire and motivate youth to study navigation, seamanship, and naval architecture. 

S A I L    K E S T R E L    T H I S    Y E A R       

KESTREL, one of fourteen famous Fishers Island 31s, is the flagship of the Museum, a traveling exhibit, and our good-will ambassador. KESTREL is available for day sails this fall and overnight visits to islands of the Bay. Call today to schedule an unforgettable sailing experience which also makes a great gift. These trips are available through October at the rate of $100 for adults, with group discounts available.

Designed by Sidney and Nat Herreshoff, built by the Herreshoff Mfg. Co. beginning in 1927 and known for their excellent sailing characteristics, the Fishers Island design is a successful adaptation of Nathanael G. Herreshoff's Newport 29.

Set Sail in Bristol Harbor and Naragansett Bay with our sailing master/captain and crew. KESTREL is available for regatta charters, full and half-day sails, sunset sails, weekend and overnight charters.

Charter Fees:
S P R I N G   S P E C I A L : $100/person for 2 hours - includes refreshments (vaild for spring and fall)
Half-day charter: $800
Full Day Charter: $1500
Day Sails: Up to 6 guests
Overnight Charters: Up to 4 guests

Port: The Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol, Rhode Island

For More Information or to schedule your next unforgettable excursion contact Richard Feeny: 401.253.5000 x 25 or education@herreshoff.org

KESTREL Coastal Cruise and Race Dates (2012 options below - check back for 2013 schedule coming soon)

May 16  .........Bristol Yacht Club Wednesday Night Tune-up race 5-8pm
May 20 ......... Prett Gladding Race around Prudence Island
May 23 ......... Bristol Yacht Club Wednesday night race #1  5-8pm
May 30 ......... Bristol Yacht Club Wednesday night race #2  5-8pm
June 23-24 .... Newport to watch Americas Cup Catamarans
June 26-28 ... Sail from Bristol to Mystic (2 nights, 3 days)
July 7-8  ....... Sail from Fishers Island to Bristol (1 night, 2 days)
July 9-12  ......Op Sail in Newport (Currently planned as day sails)
July 16-18  .....Providence, Edgewood (overnight), Barrington, Bristol (2 nights, 3 days)
July 19   ....... Youth Race around Prudence Island
July 23-25 ..... Bristol, Fall River, Cove Cabin, Tiverton (2 nights, 3 days)
August 15-18. Sail to New Bedford, Cape Cod, Nantucket. (2 nights, 3 days)
August 19 .... Opera House Cup
August 20-23  .Sail from Nantucket to Martha’s Vineyard, Cuttyhunk, Sakonnet, Bristol
August 24-26 ..Herreshoff Rendezvous Bristol
September 1-2. Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta, Newport
September 8... Greenport, Long Island WoodenBoat Regatta
September 9-?? ..Cruise Long Island Sound
September ??.. Indian Harbor Classic Regatta




"Thank you so much for your hard work this summer and that of your staff. Our daughter had a wonderful time.  She truly enjoyed it.  You guys have lit a spark in her which is wonderful to see.  Thank you"

"Thank you for offering a great program. We look forward to joining you next year."

"Our son attended the Herreshoff Seamanship Program this past summer (for the entire summer) and had an amazing time.  Richard Feeny and his staff made our son's experience safe and fun – he finished the summer with an entire new skill set (sailing, knots, etc) and increased confidence.  As parents, there is not much more we could ask for and that is what caused us to make this contribution."

Women’s SailingGliding upwind in a classic Herreshoff.

Fridays 5:30 - 8:30 pm
June 21 - August 23

Adult Classes
Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 5:30 - 8:30pm
June 18 - August 15
$340/person for one day per week

Family Classes
Mondays 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Come sail with your children aged 5 and older.
Tuition: $325/session for two people + $90 for each additional student


Private lessons are available on evenings and weekends.
Please contact Richard Feeny at education@herreshoff.org to make arrangements. Prices begin at $45/hour.

Private Instruction: Two-hour minimum
Rates:        Member           Non-Member
Weekday:   $45/hour         $65/hour
Weekend:  $58/hour         $78/hour


Rowing Adventures Times and Fees

Step aboard the 32 feet long rowing gig Voyager. Our entry level class will be “Harbor Rowing”, an introduction to open water rowing - learn the techniques, fitness, teamwork and seamanship of gig rowing. Ocean Rowing Adventures will be offered through Dharma Voyage.

Harbor Rowing                   June 24 – July 5 ($300),     July 8 – July 19 ($300),     July 29 – August 2,     August 5 – 9,     August 12 - 16  

Morning ½ Day class          Monday – Friday   9 AM – 12 PM       $150/week                                                                                              
Afternoon ½ Day class        Monday – Friday   1 PM – 4 PM         $150/week


As part of its ongoing mission, the Herreshoff Marine Museum/ America's Cup Hall of Fame offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year. These include our sailing school, which instructs adults and youth in seamanship; Our 5th, 7th, and 9th grade curriculum enrichment lessons; the after-school program in the Boat Shop; the KESTREL Program; and senior project guidance and supervision.  The Herreshoff Institue would like to thank the following supporters for making these programs possible:

Bristol Boats
Collectors Foundation
Guck Inc.
Jamestown Distributors
Roger Williams University
Torch Foundation

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PO Box 450, Bristol RI 02809 USA
T 401.253.5000