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Places around Providence to start Sailing

After one year of living in Providence, RI and seeing how much fun other people have with boating around here, I decided to do the same.
At first I was basically looking for a motorboat but then considered sailing as the more interesting (and probably cheaper) alternative.

So long story short I now decided to buy a used O'day Javelin to start learning how to sail. My experience with boating in general and sailing in particular is pretty slim, however, I do pick up things very quickly and have always been able to learn things myself (trial and error and reading ) Also a friend of mine will be helping me with the most basic things.

I actually thought it would be best to start my first own sailing moves on something like a fairly large freshwater lake, but that seems to be something which is not that easy to find here in the providence area. Considering that it should probably be a bit larger than most of the ponds you find around here.

So my question basically is, what is the best area to start sailing at, around Providence? Considering all the things like traffic, wind, tide and everything else that I did not think of

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Welcome Marius,
I've been sailing in NGBay for 15 years or so but have only once ventured up to the Providence area. My questions would be Trailer ? Motor ? I started out in the Greenwich Bay section of NGBay at Greenwich Bay Marina by trailering down from Mass in the spring to a slip and back in the fall. There is a good boat ramp in E. Greenwich that puts you in the fairly protected Goddard State Park area of Greenwich Bay.
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Thanks for your reply,

I totally forgot to mention this, the boat is on a trailer, and I don't mind driving a bit and it also has an electric trolling motor, so I should not have trouble to get away from a dock and back to it.

I know that there are a couple of ramps really close in East providence, however it feels that it might be a bit of a confined space in the river. But i might be wrong

Greenwich cove looks nice and protected so we might try that out
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