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SAMPLE 7 DAY CHARTER ITINERARY FOR NEW ENGLAND

Newport, Block Island, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket 

Day 1: Board your charter yacht in Newport, Rhode Island. Explore "the City by the Sea," famous for its mansions, the spectacular beauty of the three-mile coastal hugging Cliff Walk, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and the Museum of Yachting. Depart Newport for Block Island.

Day 2: Just 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island is quaint, quiet Block Island. Within its 25 square miles are 17 miles of pristine beaches, a varied terrain of hills, hundreds of freshwater ponds, 2,000 miles of stone walls and a unique variety of flora and fauna. After lunch, explore the island by bike.

Day 3: Depart for Cuttyhunk and enjoy a lunch before taking a hike to its highest point for a spectacular view of the eastward-running archipelago, its surrounding waters and the distinctive cliffs of Martha's Vineyard to the southeast. Swim or relax with cocktails as the sun sets.

Day 4: In the morning depart for the elegant port of Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard. Stroll down the cobblestone streets or the beaches of famous Chappaquiddick Point. Have lunch ashore at a dockside bistro and then take a tour of the rest of the island or head back to the yacht for some water sport fun. Dinner will be on board this evening.

Day 5: It's a short sail to Nantucket, home to fashionable summer residents, itinerant yachtsmen, and the seasonal scallop and cranberry industries. After dropping anchor, prepare for another day of water sports, sightseeing or relaxation. After lunch on board take a tour of the whaling museum and the cranberry bogs.

Day 6: In the morning sail to Hyannis, a tribute to sun, sand, seafood and saltwater. After a relaxing lunch sail onto Hadley Harbor, a deep-water anchorage off of Woods Hole. It is very protected, and also on the fair side of the tides that rush through the Woods Hole passage. There is an island to walk on and a never-ending parade of boats, people and dogs coming through the anchorage.

Day 7: After breakfast, you'll do a return sail to Newport to shop, dine, and unwind. If time permits take an afternoon tour of the Newport Winery and rolling hill countryside. Disembark.

 CRUISE THE COAST OF MAINE

 Portland to Bar Harbor

As an option you may want to consider cruising along the coast of Maine. A word that graphically describes a week aboard a sailing yacht is serenity, as she sails along Maine's majestic coast. There is no other sailing vacation experience which duplicates the tranquil yet invigorating days aboard a yacht under full sail on Penobscot Bay.

The romance of sailing never fails to fully capture the imagination of all, no matter what the age or profession. Maine's jagged coastline is breathtakingly beautiful and is the ultimate in what nature has to offer. It is the perfect combination for those who revere tradition and beauty.

One of many itineraries begins by you leaving your dock in picturesque Camden, Maine on the first tide to sail the numerous bays and islands between Portland and Bar Harbor. You make your way with the prevailing winds and tides to such favorite's destinations as Mt. Desert, Swan's Island, or Frenchman Bay. Each day under sail is a nautical adventure. Your vessel plows through the deep, blue water; you see a lighthouse standing on an isle in the far distance, while on occasion a porpoise or a seal plays tag at the bow. Osprey, the sea eagle, soars overhead. Each evening, you drop an anchor in a friendly, snug harbor in a quaint small village or possibly off an uninhabited island. A Maine summer sunset ends the perfect sailing day, with the giant red ball slowly nestling behind the tall stately pines.

On one of those beautiful evenings, you and your crew head for a sandy beach, one of the hundreds in the Penobscot Bay islands, for a Down East feast of lobster and corn, cooked to perfection over driftwood. The tang of the sea air and the comradeship heighten the appetites of all for this famed Maine lobster bake.

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