The E.S.P. (Elder Sailing Program) is aimed at providing new opportunities for adults 65+ to experience the wonder and joy of sailing. Prior experience is not required, and anyone with a reasonable level of mobility (should be able to walk at least 25 yards and sit on a bench with a low backrest).
Reservations to go sailing with one of Sail Newport’s certified instructors for two hours can be made through the Sail Newport Dock Office: (401) 849-8385 and scheduled according to the customer’s schedule, and instructor availability. Up to three people (at least one of whom must be a senior) can participate.
Parking is available adjacent the Sail Newport Marine Education Center where the Dock Office and boats are located. Oldport Marine also runs a regular water shuttle from Bannister’s Wharf in downtown Newport, directly to Sail Newport.
Through an anonymous grant, the program will provide a subsidy to cover part of the cost of the excursion. Additional financial assistance is available by application. The rate is $99 per boat, with an instructor, for up to two hours.