New England's Yachting Hub
As a yachting destination, Newport is hard to beat. The beautiful harbor, lively regatta circuit, charming town life and central location ensure that "America's sailing capital" lives up to its billing every summer. At the center of the action is Newport Shipyard. With the biggest lifts, cleanest facilities, and the most dock space in town - as well as a full-service yard, ship store, restaurant and fitness center all right on the harbor front - Newport Shipyard has become New England's yachting hub, attracting the best boats on the East Coast
Update: Dates for Candy Store Cup are set: July 29-30-31, 2016
Newport Shipyard owner Charlie Dana and Bannister's Wharf owner David Ray will carry forward the Newport Bucket tradition. Founded in Nantucket in 1986 by the late Nelson Doubleday, it was there that the Nantucket Bucket was raced for 15 years. After that, it came to Newport Shipyard where it has been ever since. The owners of the Bucket Regattas will be concentrating their efforts on the St. Barths Bucket and believe that the Newport regatta would be well served in the local hands of David and Charlie, who are not only participants but also understand well "the spirit" of what Nelson created.
Starting in July 2016, superyacht racing in Newport will continue as the 'Candy Store Cup.' The Candy Store Cup has good synergy with the Bucket; it was first won by Bill Ziegler's GEM in 1977 and more recently by Kenny Read's MAR MOSTRO, narrowly beating George David's RAMBLER 100... Read on...
APRIL 18, 2016: Newport, Rhode Island - U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced that Newport Shipyard has won a $744,990 federal grant to make capital improvements that will help create jobs, increase economic activity, and improve their building, service, and maintenance capabilities. Senator Reed led the effort to restore federal funding for the Small Shipyard Grant Program in the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations law. The program helps shipyards purchase needed equipment, improve efficiency, and train a skilled workforce of contractors and welders for commercial shipyards while also supporting our military shipbuilding industrial base.
Newport Shipyard will use the funds, which are administered by Maritime Administration (MARAD), to help procure a new 200 ton Marine Travelift. The added lift capacity will allow the Shipyard's marine repair work to be accomplished indoors rather than outdoors, increasing operational efficiency. Read on...
The yacht entry list for the 2016 Newport Charter Yacht show presented by Helly Hansen has continued to grow with 15 yachts registered to date ranging in size from 52-feet to 161-feet with an average length overall (LOA) of 99-feet. Twelve sponsors have committed to date including the show's presenting sponsor and official apparel partner Helly Hansen of Newport, RI.
The 2016 Charter Show, open to yacht brokers and industry professionals from June 21-24, 2016, is now organized and hosted by Newport Shipyard and is expected to draw more than 20 world-class power and sailing yachts available for charter.
"We are excited about the number of yachts that have registered for the Charter Show so far and we expect at least 8-10 more to register within the next few weeks," said Eli Dana, General Manager of Newport Shipyard. Read on...