Take a sail, Newport, R.I.
The prevailing wind on Narragansett Bay is the “smoky sou’wester,’’ the same breeze that drew the America’s Cup race to Rhode Island for more than 50 years, until Australia’s victory in 1983. Almost without exception, calm, sunny mornings are followed by windy afternoons with the onshore breeze arriving between noon and 1 p.m. By midafternoon, the wind can build to 25 knots or more, but average speed is normally 10-20 knots. Experienced sailors can rent J/22s and Rhodes 19s from Sail Newport (www.sailnewport.org) at Fort Adams State Park. Novices can book a 34-foot O’Day with Sightsailing (www.sightsailing.com) and for two hours be under the watchful eye of Captain Ed. He delivers an in-depth history of the region while tacking between the yachts and lighthouses.
Stephen Jermanok can be reached at www.activetravels.com.