SAILING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Goat Island, with its stunning views of Narragansett Bay, Newport Harbour, and the Newport Bridge, has over the years been the home of Indians, pirates, goats, colonial soldiers, and naval torpedo engineers. Today, Goat Island is a tranquil haven for residents, visitors to a 4-star hotel, and sailing enthusiasts. The island is connected via a causeway bridge to Newport, host to the America’s Cup races from 1930 to 1983, and home to the New York Yacht Club. The hotel’s own state-of-the-art marina, featuring 22 slips for vessels ranging from tenders to yachts up to 125 feet in length, was designed and delivered by SF Marina. As it is exposed to the northern fetch of Narragansett Bay, which can produce very strong waves in the off-season, the marina is protected by an advanced floating wave attenuator. Utilities, such as three-phase power, water and pump-out, are concealed in a customised duct system, keeping the pontoons totally clutter free. Solid pre-cast concrete fingers provide a better approach for yachts when docking. Gurney’s Marina was opened in January 2017.