I saw my first 12 meter sailboat in the early 1960’s as a young boy in Newport and had always wanted to sail on one of these sleek racers. This year, I learned my wife of 25 years, and a native of Newport, also had always wanted to sail on a 12 meter. We sailed on Columbia this September on a breezy, early fall day. The sail was fantastic! Captain Kevin and the crew kept it interesting with historic facts about the area and the boat as we passed just about every sailboat in the bay. We were given the option of helping to crew the boat which I gladly accepted as we spent a fantastic 2 hours on the Naragansett Bay. I would recommend this trip to everyone. My wife and I plan to return next year to sail in a 12 meter race.