Charter Show to be held at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island, June 18-21, 2018
Dates have been set for the 2018 Newport Charter Yacht Show! The charter show, which features luxury sailing and motor vessels available for charter in New England, is open to yacht brokers, agents and industry professionals. The show will be held at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island June 18-21, 2018.
The 2017 charter show showcased 25 luxury yachts (7 sailing and 18 power) ranging in size from 53-feet to 198-feet. With over 80 brokers representing 40+ brokerage houses, the show was supported by twenty-three sponsors and partners and had fifteen exhibiting vendors. During the show, there were three evening parties including a yacht hop, four crew competitions, and a drone contest for captains. “This is a much more open and public charter show than the others,” said Herman Pundt of Hargrave Custom Yachts, who liked that tourists and others from the community could walk the docks and check out the wares and services of exhibiting vendors along the main thoroughfare at Newport Shipyard, “and this year it evolved to have an even better flow, with everything close together and easy to navigate.”
A giant tent, adjacent to the participating yachts, vendor area and Newport Shipyard’s popular eatery Belle’s Café, was used for an opening party on Monday and provided a staging area for the Best Charter Yacht Chef Competition on Tuesday. The American Yacht Charter Association Seminar was held on Thursday morning, with 75 people in attendance, and a dinner party and crew competition awards took place on Thursday evening.
“At shows like Barcelona, where you have 60 or 70 yachts, you start getting lost,” said Pundt, who represented the 116’ (35.3m) motor yacht Renaissance at the show. “Here, you don’t feel rushed showing the boat, and the brokers don’t feel rushed going through the boat. You’re able to host broker lunches aboard, so you are sitting down, talking about the boat and the industry, and they are getting to see the crew at work, getting to know them.”
Veronica Brown, Show Director
Eli Dana, General Manager
Mindy Campbell, Dockmaster