Charter Show to be held at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island, June 17-20, 2019
Dates have been set for the 2019 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 17-20, 2019.
The 2018 charter show showcased 24 luxury yachts (5 sailing and 19 power) ranging in size from 54-feet to 198-feet. With over 80 brokers representing 40+ brokerage houses, the show was supported by twenty-one sponsors and partners and had twenty-one exhibiting vendors. During the show, there were three evening parties including a yacht hop, four crew competitions, and a drone, flower arranging and fender inflating contest for captains. “It’s the kind of show where you can spend quality time with the crews; it’s more intimate than some of the others,” said June Montagne of Ocean Independence in Ft. Lauderdale. “The quality of boats is high; it’s well organized, and participation is great.” She mentioned the American Yacht Charter Association’s signature seminar held on Thursday in combination with that organization’s Annual Meeting. It featured guest speakers and roundtable discussions covering far-reaching subjects such as insurance, international payment processes, new global data privacy regulations, European VAT, yacht photography and cruising the Hamptons. “Breakfast talks” also were held each morning to highlight a specific subject; for example, Tuesday’s from Yachting magazine’s publisher David Carr spoke to "The Changing Face of Affluence".
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.
Charter Manager Nick Duke of IYC in Fort Lauderdale represented two boats in the show: the motor yacht (M/Y) Independence III, a 111’ Broward that was built in 1997 and refit in 2017, and M/Y Enterprise, a brand-new 86’ Sunseeker. The latter, with four crew including a French American Chef, is on the smaller side of typical charter yachts, and as such it was important to have it in the show, according to Duke. For the former, he said it was important to show how the boat has been fully updated. “In my case as a charter manager, the brokers themselves are the clients. IYC’s product is the boat, the crew and the cruising location. It has been busy; we’ve had a lot of movement, a lot of positive feedback, especially since neither boat had been here before.”
Veronica Brown, Show Director
Eli Dana, General Manager
Mindy Campbell, Dockmaster