Membership FAQ2022-05-17T11:31:05-04:00

Membership FAQ

What is membership at Sail Newport?2022-05-17T11:28:57-04:00

As a nonprofit organization, Sail Newport relies on membership income to help support the affordable public access programs we offer. The programs include sailboat rentals, instruction for all ages, reasonable boat storage rates, access to hoists, dockage for regattas, and events.

How do I become a member of Sail Newport?2022-05-17T11:28:14-04:00

You can sign up online, or visit the sailing center and/or Dock Office to join in person with a credit card or check.

Does my membership fee count as a donation?2022-05-17T11:33:41-04:00

No. The IRS does not consider a membership fee for which you receive a value or items or services as a tax-deductible donation. If you would like to consider a financial gift, please visit our donation page.

What kinds of membership are available?2022-05-31T23:14:22-04:00

There are several levels available:

  • Senior (for one person 65+, ID Required) = $50
  • Military (ID Required, One person) = $50
  • Veterans (ID Required, One person) = $50*
  • Students (ID Required, One person) = $50*
  • Individual Membership (One person) = $75
  • Household (Includes three immediate family members or up to three unrelated adults living at same address) = $125*


What are the benefits of membership?2022-05-31T23:14:41-04:00

Membership benefits include:

Fellowship with a community of people working to keep the sport of sailing accessible to all by means of a state-of-the-art sailing center, fleets of sailboats for public use, affordable programs and free programs for schools, groups and community organizations. Together we provide the life-affirming experience of sailing and being on the water to all ages, regardless of economic resources.

With discounts on:

  • Sailboat Rentals – Highly-maintained J/22s and Rhodes 19s are available at the Sail Newport Sailing Center. Rentals are discounted for members for daily recreational sailing, and during some regattas for sailors who like to race.
  • Group and Private Adult instruction – Learn to sail, improve your skills, and meet like-minded sailors at the Sail Newport Sailing Center.
  • Hoist Use – Two and three-ton hoists allow easy, efficient, access to the water.
  • Boat Storage – Affordable and premier waterside dry-sail storage at the Sailing Center during the summer months (May – October).
  • Event and classroom space rentals (for mission-related events) – 2,000 sq. foot waterfront event space with indoor-outdoor capability.
  • Special event tickets for socials, fundraisers, presentations and more.
  • Sail Newport Merchandise – Show your support with branded gear such as T-shirts, hats, bags, and burgees.*

Special member-only benefits:

  • Six-Session Rental Card (six sails for the price of four!)*
  • Ability to purchase an Open Card for unlimited rentals (Subject to availability)
  • No annual check-out fee
  • Opportunity to participate in organized weeknight racing on Sail Newport’s fleet of J/22s
  • Voting rights at Sail Newport’s Annual Meeting held every December. The meeting is followed by a cocktail party for members.


What is different about membership in 2022?2022-05-17T11:50:33-04:00

Starting June 1, 2022, we will increase the annual senior membership fee from $25 to $50, and now offer a new membership level for single persons for a yearly fee of $75. Previously, single individuals only had the option of a $100 family membership so, we are introducing this to accommodate singles at a more economical level.

In addition, the household (family) membership will increase to $125 and will expand this membership to include up to three unrelated persons living in the same household. We believe this keeps our membership options more in step with our community.

Sail Newport is cost-conscious at its core, and we believe that despite these minimal increases, we will deliver a full menu of benefits and value to our members. Membership income directly impacts our ability to offer affordable access to the sport of sailing by providing a state-of-the-art sailing center, fleets of boats for public access, administration of regattas for all ages and many free programs to groups, schools, and community organizations.

We are proud that it has been many years since a membership fee increase, and ultimately the membership program changes will strengthen Sail Newport and our members’ experiences.

Why do I need an online membership account?2022-05-17T11:51:31-04:00

An online member account gives you personal access to transact secure payments, update your contact information, and access a dashboard record of your purchases.

I’m already a member, how do I log in to my online membership account?2022-05-17T11:54:59-04:00

If you are a current member, but didn’t purchase your membership online, you still have access to an online account. To access your online member account:

  • Visit the reset your password page
  • Enter the email address you submitted to Sail Newport when you joined and hit the “Reset password” button (If you don’t know which email address you used, please contact Hannah Lasorsa)
  • You will receive an email with instructions on how to update your password
  • Once your password has been updated, you can now add your contact, payment and billing information, as well as enroll in auto-renew for your convenience
Can I set up automatic renewal for my membership?2022-05-17T11:55:56-04:00

Yes. If you enter a credit card, your membership will automatically renew. You will receive a reminder two weeks in advance of renewal, as well as a receipt once your membership renews.

If I sign up for auto-renew, is my payment information safe?2022-05-17T11:56:49-04:00

Yes. All of your payment information is encrypted. As administrators of the website, we have no access to your credit card number, so we ask members to add, change and update their credit card information through their online account.

How do I change my credit card on file for my membership?2022-05-17T11:58:39-04:00

Log in to your account and click on “Payment methods” to enter a new credit card at any time. Please note, your new card will not be charged until your membership is ready for renewal.

Can I pay by check?2022-05-17T12:10:32-04:00

Yes. If you do not wish to enroll in auto-renew, you can pay for membership with a check. You can drop off payment in person, or mail a check to:

Sail Newport,
72 Fort Adams Drive
Newport, RI 02840

The Dock Office is open 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., every day between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. The office is open year-round Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

I can’t log in to my account. How do I get help?2022-05-17T12:03:01-04:00

Please email Hannah Lasorsa, or call the Main Office at (401) 846-1983.

Are there any types of memberships for businesses?2022-05-17T12:04:16-04:00

Yes! We have a wonderful community of businesses that support Sail Newport. They receive recognition on our website, facility banner and lobby TV. Other benefits include using the Sailing Center for business meetings, membership discounts extended to employees, and other marketing activities.

Business Membership information can be found here.