Becket & Co. Tips on When to Sail on the East Coast

Newport sunset

Having mostly grown up in New England, our team of experts at Becket & Co. consider the region to be one of the best sailing destinations in the United States – but there again we might be biased!

So for those of you who are not so familiar with the coastline, we thought we would publish a few user-friendly guides to help you acquaint yourself with this stunning area in the northeast corner of the USA.

And the first subject we have decided to tackle is the climate in New England, a basic understanding of which is crucial if you want to make the most of your boat, and our yacht services.

New England has four distinct seasons and is truly a year-round destination. However, even the toughest of navigators might find it hard to call the region an all-year sailing destination with temperatures in the height of winter regularly falling to below freezing.

Snowfall is often seen in southern New England while it’s not uncommon for the upper mountainous regions to get more than 100 inches of snow each year.

Along the coast, snow is rare and the months between December and March are an ideal time to get your yacht out of the water for any yacht repair she might require, before spring. Temperatures then get much warmer, with an average of around 16C from early April although this is traditionally one of the wetter seasons in New England.

Summer begins with a vengeance in late June, when temperatures rocket up to between 26 and 29C. The water quickly warms up too, and it is a wonderful time to explore the New England coastline.

Newport in particular is rapidly becoming the place for large yachts in the northeast, and summer here sees a series of major yachting events beginning with the Newport Charter Yacht Show in June. In mid-July it’s the turn of the Newport Bucket to take to the waters off Newport, before the Newport Brokerage Boat Show and the Newport International Boat Show in September.

Come September, temperatures start to fall again, with the thermometer dropping to between 7-10C in the months of October and November.


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