Event dockage


Sail Newport offers dockage for organized regattas, special events and rendezvous’ for both sail and power boats. The special event piers are located in Fort Adams State Park on the southwest side of Newport Harbor. Sail Newport maintains the piers and manages dockage for permitted special events only. There is no transient dockage or nightly dockage available unless the vessel is part of an event. The east side “T” Pier is reserved for intermodal transport and some quick pick-up and drops for commercial vessels. All commercial touches on the piers must be pre-arranged with Sail Newport and there is a fee for use.

Sail Newport docks overview

The New North Pier

Completed in 2015 for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

  • Power – 30 amp and 50 amp
  • Lighting
  • Water
  • ADA Accessible
The Alofsin Piers – North
  • Power – 30 amp and 50 amp
  • Lighting
  • Water
The Alofsin Piers – South
  • Power – 30 amp
  • Lighting
  • Water
  • ADA accessible to North and South concrete floating docks

Intermodal “T” – This part of the pier (harbor – east – side of the T Dock) is only used by intermodal vessels with approved commercial contracts with Sail Newport and DEM.

Depending on availability, there are designated piers where members of the public may dock a sail or powerboat for three hours maximum on a complimentary basis. No overnight dockage is available to the public unless associated with a permitted special event.

Overnight Dockage
  • Sail Newport managed and hosted regattas and special events
    $4.00 per foot per night per boat
  • Commercial vessels and all non Sail Newport regattas and events
    $4.50 per foot per night per boat
  • Non-profit and educational vessels
    $2.50 per foot per night per boat
Electrical Service
  • $25 per night per vessel (for 50 or 30 amp service)
  • All vessels advised to bring extra dock lines and fenders
  • When calculating LOA, include bow pulpits and davits
  • Electrical rate includes use of water
  • Fees do not include hoist use or trailer storage
  • No alcohol consumption is allowed on the piers–except during permitted special event socials pre-arranged with Sail Newport

There is a small tent located on the North side of the South Alofsin Pier during the summer season. This tent is used by the active Sail Newport Youth Program to provide sun/rain cover for young sailing students. On weekdays, a small Opti Class sails from the North side of the South Pier and uses the tent on the North Pier during most lunch hours and for a sailing school debrief around 4 p.m. each day.

Boats under 10′ are allowed to tie-up on the south side of the South Pier between the rip-rap and the floating dock only.

There is no full-time dockmaster service on the piers. Groups are expected to determine their own dockage placement for their vessels. Sail Newport will assist with the planning of your vessel dockage plan according to size and draft requirements. Each group and ultimately each boat captain has the responsibility to make certain their vessel is docked safely and adequately for the area and anticipated weather.


Parking for cars at Fort Adams is free between sunrise and sunset. Overnight parking passes may be purchased from the park rangers located in the Visitors Center (brick building on the left nearest the new North Pier).

Box trucks

Box trucks for parking and use during regattas may be charged an extra fee determined by Sail Newport for the special event.

After sailing

Alcohol consumption is not allowed. Sail Newport manages the Sailing Center at the invitation of the State of Rhode Island–and this is a biggie–we all want to have a cold drink after sailing, but please do so at a permitted event or at a downtown bar.

Arrangements for trailers will be directed by the Sail Newport Regatta department. During most events, trailers are stored in the upper lot near the old Sail Newport main office. In some cases, trailers for bigger boats will be directed to store in the lower parking lot by the Alofsin Piers. Trailer parking will also be included in the special event plan as directed by Sail Newport in accordance with park manager’s office.

Overnight Security on the piers is also only available through a private service at additional cost to the rendezvous group or visiting regatta.

Fort Adams is a carry-in, carry out-park. Help keep the park beautiful by taking your own trash and recycling home.

In 2015 Sail Newport won several awards for sustainability, a green Volvo Ocean Race and for our efforts to reduce shore side and marine debris. Please join us to keep the park and ocean clean. For special events, arrangements can be made to rent a dumpster and recycling containers at an added fee.

As space allows, Sail Newport welcomes working educational non-profit vessels to dock at minimal rates. All dockage must be pre-arranged. Contact the Dock Master for more information.

Special event dockage

For information about dockage for regattas, special events, rendezvous and commercial vessels, contact Nick Mauprivez.

Phone: (401) 846-1983
Email: nick.mauprivez@sailnewport.org