An annual on-the-water check-out by a member of Sail Newport’s instructional staff is required of everyone who comes to use our fleet, regardless of years of experience. The check out is typically done right before you rent the first time each season, and is our chance to see that you have sufficient skills to sail the boat safely and appropriately in the conditions, as well as to familiarize you with our boats, procedures and rules, and the sailing area.
The check-out typically takes 10-20 minutes. If you have any questions about whether you have the necessary skills to pass the check-out, please give us a call. Our staff would be more than happy to discuss this with you!
For renters who have the fundamental skills to pass the check-out, but who are maybe a bit rusty or perhaps new to the sailing area, we offer a one hour “Refresher” where an instructor sails with you for the first hour of your rental to help get your confidence and skills up before administering the check-out. The fee for the one hour Refresher is $50 in addition to the 3 hour rental and check-out fee.