The URI Sailing Center is home to both the URI Sailing Club and the URI Sailing Team. Located on Salt Pond Road in Wakefield, approximately 20 minutes from the University, the Center boasts a fleet of 50 boats, both sail and power. Ten RS Quest dinghies, eight Club 420’s, twelve Optimist dinghies and ten Lasers dinghies which are used for both recreational and instructional sailing. A separate fleet of 18 matched Flying Juniors is maintained for use by the URI Sailing Team. Paddle boards and kayaks are available for URI student and community use.
Questions? Call 401-783-0797 or email David.
The Academic Programs: We offer academic Sailing courses, where URI students will learn something uniquely Rhode Island – learning to sail for college credit! These fun classes on the Salt Pond explores basic and intermediate skills of sailing.
The Summer Programs: Children and adults can learn how to sail in the summer months! Two week programs offer the basics or advanced skills for every level. Community Guided Paddling offered on Saturday mornings, kayak opportunities, Womens’ Sailing courses on Mondays, STEM Programs, Youth Water Adventure Camp and more.
The Robert P. Arrigan Sailing Pavilion: completed in 1992, contains office and meeting space, bathrooms and shower facilities, a small sail repair loft and a full service workshop. All recreational and instructional sailing programs as well as the URI Sailing Team practices and regattas are held at the center.
Directions to Sailing Center
236 Salt Pond Road, Wakefield RI 02879
From Providence and North
Rt 95 south to Rt 4 exit (left hand exit) Rt 4 south to Rt 1 approximately 10 miles Rt 1 south to Tower Hill (Rt 138 west intersection) 3.2 miles. Continue south through intersection to Town of Wakefield to Salt Pond Road/South County Hospital, exit 5.0 miles. At end of exit ramp go left onto Salt Pond Road. The URI Sailing Center is 0.4 miles on the left.
From Connecticut and South
Rt 95 north to CT exit 91 to Rt 2 south to Rt 78 (Westerly bypass) approximately 1.5 miles, Rt 78 to the end; intersection with Rt 1, about 4.4 miles. At intersection go left onto Rt 1 north. Follow Rt 1 north to South Kingstown, approximately 20 miles. Take Salt Pond Road/South County Hospital exit. At end of exit ramp go right URI Sailing Center is 0.2 miles on left.
From the University of Rhode Island (Main Campus)
Leave campus via Upper College Road to the traffic signal at Rt 138. Follow Rt 138 east to Rt 1 (Tower Hill) intersection approximately 3.5 miles. Rt 1 south to the Town of Wakefield. The Salt Pond Road/South County Hospital exit is 5.0 miles south of Rt 138. At the end of the exit ramp go left onto Salt Pond Road. The URI Sailing Center is 0.4 miles on the left.