All hands on deck: the Oliver Hazard Perry, a new 200-foot ship based in Newport, is the first full-rigged, ocean-going ship to be built in the United States in more than 100 years — and you can sail her!
After spending the summer of 2016 getting certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Perry will offer weekend tour of Narragansett Bay with overnight anchorages including Dutch Harbor, the Sakonnet River, and Block Island. (Each participant under 18 must be accompanied by at least one adult; no prior experience is necessary, and no extraordinary fitness is required.)
The public also is welcome to come tour the newly built tall ship at Fort Adams in Newport on Saturday, Sept. 3 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.); Saturday, Sept. 24 (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.); and Sunday, Sept. 25 (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.).
There’s a 130-foot rig to climb and seven miles of line to haul to start the day, along with hot showers to relax the resultant aching muscles and climate-controlled quarters to sleep in, an environmental science lab, state-of-the-art classroom technology, and wheelchair accessibility. The vessel has 19 spars and 20 sails for a billowing 14,000-square-feet of total sail area. To check out all of the educational programs available onboard, visit www.ohpri.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.