Candy Store Cup; A Sweet Spot for Superyachts

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 2, 2016) – The transition of the former Newport Bucket into the Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition appeared effortless and suitably fabulous when a dozen of the world’s grandest sailing yachts competed off Newport, R.I. from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 and benefitted from the combined forces of co-hosts Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf. In true Bucket fashion, social activities included a “yacht hop” on Friday night aboard the participants’ yachts, a gathering at Newport’s famous Clarke Cooke House, and a regatta dinner with live reggae music on the grounds of a Newport estate.

The 170-foot (52m) Royal Huisman schooner Meteor and the 138-foot (42m) J sloop Ranger were two of a dozen superyachts to compete in the 2016 Candy Store Cup. (photo credit: Billy Black)  Click photo to download this and other photos in high resolution

The 170-foot (52m) Royal Huisman schooner Meteor and the 138-foot (42m) J sloop Ranger were two of a dozen superyachts to compete in the 2016 Candy Store Cup. (photo credit: Billy Black)  Click photo to download this and other photos in high resolution

“There was an easy camaraderie in the air as sailors from around the world renewed old friendships, but the real story was the spectacle on the water as superyachts such as Adix, Meteor, Columbia, Zenji and Ranger unfurled their sails off Castle Hill to begin racing,” said Newport Shipyard’s Owner Charlie Dana, who also sailed in the event. “It was a jaw-dropping sight.”

After three races over three days, the 92-foot (28m) yawl Bequia won the overall Candy Store Cup (filled with candy and champagne) for having the lowest point score for the regatta. With Tom Whidden (Essex, Conn.) as its skipper and tactician, Bequia also won its Class B with four points earned on two race victories on Friday and Saturday and a second-place finish on Sunday.

Tom Whidden skippered the 92-foot (28m) yawl Bequia to win Class B and the overall Candy Store Cup at the inaugural Candy Store Cup 2016 Superyacht Edition. (photo credit: Billy Black) Click photo to download this and other photos in high resolution

Tom Whidden skippered the 92-foot (28m) yawl Bequia to win Class B and the overall Candy Store Cup at the inaugural Candy Store Cup 2016 Superyacht Edition. (photo credit: Billy Black) Click photo to download this and other photos in high resolution

“There are a lot of great sailors here and the racing was really close, especially when you consider it was mostly light air,” said Whidden at Sunday’s awards at Newport Shipyard. “The top-five finishers in our class (Bequia, Wild Horses, Sirona, Sapphire and Sejaa) were all within seven minutes on corrected time today after the 13.6 nautical mile race, and yesterday, the top three were within three minutes of each other after a slightly shorter race.” (Friday’s race was the longest, at 15.6 nm.)

The 213-foot (65m) three-masted schooner Adix sails off Newport’s historic Cliff Walk during the 2016 Candy Store Cup.  (photo credit: Rod R. Harris) Click photo to download this and other photos in high resolution

The 213-foot (65m) three-masted schooner Adix sails off Newport’s historic Cliff Walk during the 2016 Candy Store Cup. 
(photo credit: Rod R. Harris) Click photo to download this and other photos in high resolution

Adix, a 213-foot (65m) three-masted schooner, won Class A (for the largest yachts) with a third and two firsts. Her magnificent presence on the water (she is still one of the largest sailing yachts built since the 1930s) was shared with thousands of visitors at the annual Newport Jazz Festival when the yacht sailed closely past Fort Adams State Park on Sunday afternoon with eight of her working sails drawing a fresh breeze. Her Captain Paul Goss turned her expertly head-to-wind, next to the massive raft-up of powerboats and sailboats out to hear the music. The Adix crew calmly doused the sails and tidied up on deck before the yacht ducked into Newport Harbor to head back to Newport Shipyard. 

And with that, the conclusion that had once been foregone became officially validated. The “new” Candy Store Cup 2016 Superyacht Edition had successfully embraced all of the beloved traditions of Bucket-style racing: safe, fun racing for these stunning yachts; a spectacle like no other for those watching; and a casual, fun atmosphere for participants.

“Sure, there were winners, and they were deserving winners, because it didn’t come easy,” said Peter Craig, whose company Premiere Racing runs this and other superyacht regattas around the world, “but Charlie Dana, the Dana family and David Ray (owner of Bannister’s Wharf and also a yacht owner/sailor who founded the original Candy Store Cup) know that it’s not all about winning and losing. Owners and crew want great racing, yes, but they also want a special social side of things, too. The vibe here has been superb, and they’ve got something excellent to build on.”

Royal HuismanPerini NaviVitters and Rybovich, which are major players in the superyacht industry and were all stewards of the Newport Bucket, remain sponsors of the Candy Store Cup Newport. Supporting sponsors of the event are Pantaenius InsuranceNorth SailsSentient Jet and Southern Spars / Future Fibres.

Candy Store Cup 2016 Superyacht Edition
Final Results

Finish Positions, Yacht, Type, Length, Builder, Designer:

Class A
1. Adix - Schooner – 213’ (65m) - Astilleros PdM / Pendennis - Holgate & Dykstra NA
2. Meteor - Schooner – 170’ (52m) - Royal Huisman - Dykstra NA
3. Ranger -  J Sloop – 138’ (42m) - Danish Yacht - S&S / Dykstra NA
4. Columbia - Schooner – 141’ (43m) - W. Starling Burgess / John W. Gilbert & Sons
5. Zenji - Ketch – 184’ (56m) - Perini-Navi - Ron Holland
6. Sunleigh - Sloop – 105’ (32m) - Jongert - Tony Castro

Class B
1. Bequia - Yawl – 92’ (28m) - Brooklin Boat Yard - Stephens
2. Wild Horses – Sloop – 75’ (23m) - Brooklin Boatyard – White
3. Sirona –Sloop - 72’ (22m) - Martin Marine - Tripp
4. Sejaa – Sloop - 82’ (25m) - JFA, Chantier Naval - Judel & Vrolijk
5. Sapphire III - Sloop – 75’ (23m) - CNB 76 - Philippe Briand
6. Audrey II - Ketch – 89’ (27m) - Jongert - Jongert

More About the Hosts

Newport Shipyard, one of the most popular and recommended shipyards in the U.S., is a full-service marina and shipyard with over 3,500 linear feet of dock space that can accommodate yachts up to 300+ feet. Its amenities include a dockside café, ship store, fitness center, courtesy vehicles and crew housing. With its friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere and event planning capabilities, Newport Shipyard also is host to many other prestigious yachting events, including the biennial Newport to Bermuda Race Crew Party and the Newport Charter Yacht Show in June.

Bannister's Wharf, situated in downtown Newport, attracts visitors and locals alike with 20 shops and galleries that offer a diverse selection of life’s niceties. The social and gourmet focal point of Bannister's Wharf, and some say of Newport itself, is the Clarke Cooke House  and in the midst of the eclectic dining and shopping experiences are the Bannister's Wharf Guestrooms and Marina, which put visitors and yachtsmen in the company of the fine racing and cruising yachts for which Newport has become justly famous.

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Candy Store Cup; A Superyacht Tradition Lives On

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 22, 2016) – From July 29-31, several of the world's largest and most glamorous sailing yachts will race for the inaugural Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition in Newport, Rhode Island. Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf have consolidated the Newport Bucket and Candy Store Cup to create this fabulous superyacht event. 

“Initially, the Candy Store Cup was a quick race around Newport Harbor with 12 Metres and any other boats that wanted to join in, and the Bucket was more of a party for the biggest sailing yachts that had no races to enter,” said Newport Shipyard owner Charlie Dana. “It’s exciting to fast forward several decades later and have this opportunity to bring back the fun, casual atmosphere that was present during those original events and match it with the imagery of these spectacular super yachts.”

(photo credit: Billy Black)

(photo credit: Billy Black)

The Candy Store Cup is all about sportsmanship and camaraderie, as the pristine superyachts must race to rules specially formulated to keep them safe distances from each other. The format calls for pursuit-style (staggered start) racing on Rhode Island Sound, with one race planned for each of the three days, leaving plenty of time in the afternoons and evening for socializing. Racing begins at noon off Castle Hill and will provide a stunning visual for those watching from vantage points along the shore of Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, south of the Pell Bridge.

Royal HuismanPerini NaviVitters and Rybovich, which are major players in the superyacht industry and were all stewards of the Newport Bucket, remain sponsors of the Candy Store Cup Newport. Supporting sponsors of the event are Pantaenius InsuranceNorth Sails,Sentient Jet and Southern Spars / Future Fibres.

The 2016 Candy Store Cup entries are:

Class A

Adix - Schooner – 213’ (65m) - Astilleros PdM / Pendennis - Holgate & Dykstra NA
Columbia - Schooner – 141 (43m) - W. Starling Burgess / John W. Gilbert & Sons
Meteor - Schooner – 170 (52m) - Royal Huisman - Dykstra NA
Ranger -  J Sloop – 138 (42m) - Danish Yacht - S&S / Dykstra NA
Sunleigh - Sloop – 105’ (32m) - Jongert - Tony Castro
Zenji - Ketch – 184’ (56m) - Perini-Navi - Ron Holland

Class B

Bequia - Yawl – 92’ (28m) - Brooklin Boat Yard - Stephens
Sapphire III - Sloop – 75’ (23m) - CNB 76 - Philippe Briand
Sejaa – Sloop - 82’ (25m) - JFA, Chantier Naval - Judel & Vrolijk
Sirona –Sloop - 72’ (22m) - Martin Marine - Tripp
Wild Horses – Sloop – 75’ (23m) - Brooklin Boatyard - White

Meteor , the 170’ (52 meter) schooner built by Royal Huisman will compete in the 2016 Candy Store Cup. (photo credit: Bill Black)

Meteor , the 170’ (52 meter) schooner built by Royal Huisman will compete in the 2016 Candy Store Cup. (photo credit: Bill Black)

Newport Shipyard, one of the most popular and recommended shipyards in the U.S., is a full-service marina and shipyard with over 3,500 linear feet of dock space that can accommodate yachts up to 300+ feet. Its amenities include a dockside café, ship store, fitness center, courtesy vehicles and crew housing. With its friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere and event planning capabilities, Newport Shipyard also is host to many other prestigious yachting events, including the biennial Newport to Bermuda Race Crew Party and the Newport Charter Yacht Show in June.

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Information: www.candystorecup.com or contact Veronica Brown, Event Organizer, Newport Shipyard, +1 401 846 6000, veronica@newportshipyard.com.

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Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen: A Well-Rounded Production

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 29, 2016) – Brokers and managers, captains and crews, sponsors and exhibitors – it’s hard to say who got more out of the Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen. The only one of its kind in the U.S., the trade-only show was staged over June 21-24 by new owner Newport Shipyard at its well-appointed 10-acre facility on the Newport waterfront. The show hosted a final total of 24 luxury charter yachts (10 sailing and 14 power), ranging from the 53-foot (16m) sailing vessel Contingency, presented by Nicholson Yachts, to the 161-foot (49m) motor yacht Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, presented by Northrop & Johnson.

Newport Shipyard hosted the 35th Newport Charter Yacht Show, which was presented by Helly Hansen, over June 21-24. (photo credit: NCYS/Billy Black)

Newport Shipyard hosted the 35th Newport Charter Yacht Show, which was presented by Helly Hansen, over June 21-24. (photo credit: NCYS/Billy Black)

“There were a lot of first-time yachts here,” said broker Nicole Caulfield, a 12-time attendee of the now 35-year-old show. The 107-foot (32.6m) motor yacht Reflections, represented by her agency RJC Yacht Sales & Charter, was one of those. “The show gives brokers an opportunity to see these and consider them for bookings not only here in New England but also in other places.” (Reflections, which is run by four crew and accommodates eight guests, charters in New England during summer and travels to the Bahamas for charter during the winter months.)

Zoom Zoom Zoom’s Captain Mike Finnegan explained that brokers also like to catch up on any refits, upgrades, crew changes or new things “like tenders and toys” on yachts with which they’ve worked in the past. And while the show provides one-stop shopping for this, it conversely allows captains and crews to focus on showing what their yachts have to offer. “The brokers have very important clients that they’ve had for years, and they want to make sure they can deliver a wonderful trip,” said Finnegan. “It takes time for them to get on board, to see what they are working with and say, ‘Yes, this is where I want to send my clients.’” (Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, with 10 crew, accommodates 10 guests and travels the East Coast for charter, while other yachts in its owner’s “fleet” cover the West Coast, traveling from Panama to Alaska.)

“Newport Shipyard did a wonderful job,” added Finnegan, a veteran of Newport Charter Yacht Show who considers it a “must-do” along with a winter show in Antigua. “It’s always a pleasure to be in New England and be part of the showcase of yachts that are going to be in the area for several months and others that are going to be all over the world at different times of the year.  It’s a close-knit industry, so it also brings together old friends.”

Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen offered brokers a chance to inspect a variety of luxury yachts available for charter in New England and network with industry colleagues. (photo credit: NCYS/Billy Black)

The 115-foot (35m) motor yacht Siete captured the spirit of the Newport Charter Yacht Show
presented by Helly Hansen with its Mexican-themed participation in the yacht hop and Tablescaping contest, which it won.

By all accounts, the show’s flow, both in layout and schedule, worked brilliantly to facilitate the serious business of luxury chartering while allowing plenty of time and room for networking and socializing as well as participation in an educational presentation for industry representatives and some friendly contests for crew.

Bank Rhode Island sponsored a daily breakfast for show participants, while Hodgdon Yacht Services sponsored credential lanyards. The show tent used for Monday’s opening party – sponsored by Engineered Marine Coatings, Sea Hawk Paints, Providence Jet Center and Sentinel Limousine, with beer and wine sponsored by Bridge Liquors – also provided a staging area for Tuesday’s Best Charter Yacht Chef Competition, sponsored by ISS GMT and Port Supply; Thursday morning’s American Yacht Charter Association Seminar; and Thursday evening’s dinner party, sponsored by Ward’s Marine Electric and featuring awards for the four different culinary competitions as well as music by Will Evans. Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening, respectively, were reserved for a Captain’s Drone Challenge, sponsored by Cloud City Drones, and the traditional yacht hop where captains and crews entertained brokers, agents and sponsors using particular themes for coordination of colorful costumes, music, specialty cocktails and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres.

Exhibiting vendors stretched from inside the tent to areas along each side of the checkerboard patio leading to Belle’s Café, a popular eatery at Newport Shipyard. Jay Lasky, owner of Helly Hansen in Newport, was happy with the foot traffic his elaborate “pop-up” merchandise store attracted. Visitors included crew members from the show’s charter yachts as well as other sailing and power yachts in the yard; patrons of Belle’s; and people simply stopping by the yard to take a peek at the yachts and activities taking place on its working waterfront.

“It was a great, authentic vibe throughout the show,” said Lasky. “When you looked around, all you saw were luxury charter yachts and superyachts…you couldn’t ask for a better venue.”

On Friday at noon, a cacophony of horns sounded as the Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen came to a close. Until next summer in June, when the show returns to Newport Shipyard, its participants have vowed to “charter on!”

Spotlight on Culinary Skills

Chefs from six yachts competed for “Best Charter Yacht Chef” honors at the Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen. The show, held June 21-24 at Newport Shipyard, also included “Tablescaping”, “Healthy Beverage” and “Sunset Canapé” as categories in culinary-related competitions that gave chefs and crews on the show’s registered yachts a chance to shine, revealing not only their professional skills but also their personalities.

From left: Jupiter’s Chef Frida Eklund with her Best Charter Yacht Chef entry; third-place Chef Cayley Coulbourn in Bandido’s galley;  close-up of second-place dish by Reflections’ Chef Christy Dempster. (photo credit: NCYS/Billy Black) 

“Charter brokers attend the show to see what makes a yacht special,” said Winnie DeCoster who ran the contests and owns and operates The Captain’s Concierge. “Their clients are looking for ways to facilitate family vacations, romantic anniversary get-aways and even bachelor parties, so they must match them up with the vessels that best meets their needs. A big part of that tailored experience is the chef and crew.”

Show organizers chose “Healthy Luxury” as this year’s theme for the contests, since maintaining a healthy lifestyle while chartering is an industry trend. “No longer does a chef decide one menu for everyone,” said DeCoster. “Guests onboard have different dietary requirements, so chefs need to have a five-star range of knowledge in different cuisines and diets.”

For the Best Charter Yacht Chef competition, entrants were provided with a mystery basket filled with 29 fresh farm-to-yacht ingredients and a healthy diet request. They had the morning to prepare and in the afternoon presented their dishes to a panel of three judges: Allen Ferreira, head chef at Belle’s Café; Thomas Orr from Engineered Marine Coatings, a show sponsor; and Bruce Newbury, host of WADK radio’s “Dining Out with Bruce Newbury” and “Talk of the Town.”

Named Best Charter Yacht Chef at the 2016 Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen was Siete’s Craig Rosado who prepared a vegan dish for the contest(photo credit: NCYS/Billy Black) 

Chef Craig Rosado of the 115-foot (35m) motor yacht Siete won with his vegan entry of asparagus soup infused with strawberry puree, spring roll and greens. He best met the judging criteria, which was based on 40% taste, 35% presentation, 10% creativity, 10% use of ingredients provided, and 5% table presentation. After watching Rosada hover over his plates in pre-presentation to strategically place each piece of food, Newbury commented: “For everyone who dines out, it’s about the experience: the meal is the show. Your passion for food shows on the plate.”

Rosado was more than ecstatic when he learned he had won. From New York, he worked as a corporate chef for 25 years before taking his talents to the high seas, where he has been for the last three and a half years. He prepares three meals a day for six-to-seven crew members and another three meals for up to 10 charter guests as well as hors d’oeuvres throughout the day. Working from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. for eight days straight, however, doesn’t seem to faze him. 

“The adrenaline you get when you win the lottery or get a big paycheck, that’s just like the rush I get when people enjoy my food,” he said.  Adding to his elation was the fact that Siete also won both the fan favorite and the professionally judged divisions of the Tablescaping contest with a family-friendly Mexican fiesta theme that the crew also utilized during its “yacht hop” participation.

Taking second in the competition was South African Chef Christy Dempster aboard the 107-foot (33m) motor yacht Reflections. For her paleo dietary requirement she served tuna with sesame seeds and a mixed salad with asparagus and beans. (Reflections also won the Healthy Beverage contest.)

In third was Canadian Chef Cayley Coulburn from the 62-foot (19m) sailing vessel Bandido. “This was one of my best mornings ever,” she said after presenting to the judges her vegetarian meal consisting of couscous salad with asparagus, arugula and roasted radishes. She explained that while chartering, she puts pressure on herself, “…getting ready, cleaning, and trying to be my best self, but today, when I got to go and hide in the galley and just cook, with such beautiful ingredients, it was a treat!”

Winning the Sunset Canapé contest was Chef Linn Sagstad from the 65-foot (20m) sailing vessel Hurrah.

Newport Shipyard, one of the most popular and recommended shipyards in the U.S., is a full-service marina and shipyard with over 3,500 linear feet of dock space that can accommodate yachts up to 300+ feet. Its amenities include a dockside café, ship store, fitness center, courtesy vehicles and crew housing. With its friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere and event planning capabilities, Newport Shipyard also is host to many other prestigious yachting events, including the biennial Newport to Bermuda Race Crew Party and the Candy Store Cup (formerly the Newport Bucket), an annual superyacht regatta to be held July 29-31, 2016.

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Newport Charter Yacht Show Presented by Helly Hansen Crew Competitions Sponsored by ISS GMT and Port Supply

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 14, 2016) – No luxury charter yacht is complete without a five-star professional crew by its side, and the Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen will play to this point with its Crew Competitions at Newport Shipyard next week. Throughout the four-day event (June 21-24) show attendees are invited to watch as crewmembers onboard participating yachts put their culinary and hospitality skills to the test in a series of contests.

On Tuesday, June 21st, yacht chefs will compete whisk-to-whisk for the title of Best Charter Yacht Chef. Participants will be given a mystery basket of ingredients and charged with the task of creating four servings of an entrée that fit a specific diet request. A panel of culinary professionals will determine the winner. The competition is open to chefs onboard all participating yachts.

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Senator Reed and Head of Maritime Administration (MARAD) to RI tours Newport Shipyard

Reed seeks to keep RI’s port infrastructure shipshape & create opportunities to boost maritime commerce in the Ocean State

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Monday, June 6, U.S. Senator Jack Reed and  Maritime Administration (MARAD) Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen toured some of Rhode Island’s key port infrastructure and met with marine shipping leaders in Newport and Providence.

First, Senator Reed and Administrator Jaenichen traveled to Newport Shipyard which recently received a $744,990 Small Shipyards Grant to make capital improvements to the facility and procure a new 200 ton Marine Travelift. They received a tour of the shipyard from Charlie Dana and Eli Dana, the shipyard’s General Manager and Dock Master.  As the Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Reed led the effort to restore federal funding for the Small Shipyard Grant Program in the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations law.  

Senator Reed and Administrator Jaenichen then headed to ProvPort in Providence, where they met with Governor Gina Raimondo and port officials for a press conference to discuss the TIGER Grant Crane and Barge Project and christened a new, 300 foot, $7.4 million barge.  Senator Reed has worked on THUD Appropriations to make federal funding available for the TIGER grant program.  ProvPort’s $10.5 million TIGER grant supported the purchase of a marine barge and two high performance cranes, as well as specialized equipment to allow the cranes to move a variety of cargo.  The “Sandy C” barge being christened will be used as a platform for the cranes.  The new cranes will help transfer cargo to and from vessels twice as fast as the old cranes.

The Port of Providence is one of the busiest ports in the Northeastern United States, and one of only two deep-water ports in New England.  According to port officials, ProvPort has generated an estimated $200 million total economic impact on the region, provided more than $60 million in direct business revenues, and $16 million in revenue to local and state government.  

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Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen

Impressive Lineup Readies for Showcase of Luxury Charter Yachts

NEWPORT, R.I. (May 16, 2016) - Every summer, luxury charter yachts from around the world gather in Newport, R.I. to present what they have to offer at the City By the Sea’s annual Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen. From Tuesday, June 21 through Friday, June 24 the 2016 Newport Charter Yacht Show will celebrate its 33rd edition and a new beginning at Newport Shipyard, which acquired the show from its previous owners and has been working closely with them for a smooth transition. With new ownership and a new venue comes a fresh spin on some of the show’s long-held traditions, including chef competitions, tablescape contests and industry-focused seminars, as well as expanded opportunities for sponsors and vendors. However, first and foremost, Newport Charter Yacht Show is about providing an exceptional experience for agents, brokers and other industry professionals in the business of match making: matching clients who are wishing to charter in New England with their best options for doing so.

“I always think of Newport Charter Yacht Show as the official kickoff to New England’s summer charter season,” said Jeff Shaffer, Director of Charter Marketing for Fort Lauderdale-based Neptune Group Yachting, which has participated in the show for many years. “This show has been very successful for me because the charter brokers in the New England area typically don’t come to Florida where most of my yachts are based, so they don’t know the yachts and the crews personally. This show gives them the advantage of one-on-one time with them.”

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ATTENTION CHARTER BROKERS AND AGENTS: REGISTER NOW FOR NEWPORT CHARTER YACHT SHOW PRESENTED BY HELLY HANSEN!

Book rooms at Newport Marriott by May 30 to receive discounted rate of $259/night;
Other accommodations in Newport available but booking fast!

Newport, Rhode Island, USA (May 2, 2016) - The 2016 Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen is approaching quickly and we encourage yacht charter brokers and agents to register and book accommodations while they're still available. There are 17 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.

Bandido is a 62-foot sailboat available for charter through Oyster Charter.

Bandido is a 62-foot sailboat available for charter through Oyster Charter.

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. 

Suggested Hotels for June 20-24, 2016:

Newport Marriott - www.Marriott.com - $259/night
Bannister's Wharf Newport - www.bannistersnewport.com - starting at $295/night
Ramada Inn - www.Ramada.com - $92/night
Jaihouse Inn - www.Jailhouse.com - $199/night
Howard Johnson - www.newporthojo.com - $105/night

The American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA) will once again be hosting an educational and informative seminar on Thursday, June 23 from 9:00am-Noon (registration and breakfast starts at 8:15am). More details to follow - contact Jennifer Saia, AYCA PR Chairperson, at jennifer@bnbyachtcharters.com or call 401-619-1210 for more information or if your company would like to sponsor this year's seminar.

Culinary Competitions and Tablescaping Challenge. Chefs and interior crew aboard participating yachts will add zest to the show on Tuesday, June 21st, Wednesday, June 22nd, and Thursday, June 23rd when they contend head-to-head in three culinary competitions and a tablescaping challenge sponsored by ISS GMT Global Marine Travel. Organized by Winnie DeCoster of Captain's Concierge, details regarding this year's culinary theme can be found online: http://goo.gl/qwcMOg

Hotel Block - A specially discounted room block is available to show attendees at the Newport Marriott (walking distance to the show site), which offers a rate of $259/night (double occupancy). The number of rooms is limited, so book early at http://goo.gl/Q1V593, 1-800-228-9290 (toll free), 401-849-1000 (local). When making the reservation by phone, reference the Newport Charter Yacht Show.

Helly Hansen Newport is the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Newport Charter Show. Helly Hansen, the oldest Helly Hansen licensed store in North America, has been owned and operated by Jay Lasky since 1992. Known for Outfitting Active Lifestyles for Big Weather, Helly Hansen Newport strives to be the trusted solution for the best quality outdoor gear for active lifestyles and everyday needs. Helly Hansen Newport prides itself on delivering an exceptional customer experience and has been serving online customers since 1998. For more information, visit: www.bigweathergear.com

Connect on Social Media, 'Like' Newport Charter Yacht Show on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/newportchartershow) and/or 'Follow Us' on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CharterYachtsRI).

Stay tuned to www.NewportShipyard.com and www.NewportCharterShow.com for more information.

Newport Shipyard Contacts:

Veronica Brown, Show Manager
Newport Shipyard
401-855-0945 (m)
veronica@newportshipyard.com

Eli Dana, General Manager
Newport Shipyard
401-846-6000 (o)
401-662-1081 (m)
eli@newportshipyard.com

Mindy Campbell, Dockmaster
Newport Shipyard
401-846-6002 (o)
mindy@newportshipyard.com

CALERO MARINAS SOLO TRANSAT TEAMS HEADED TO NEWPORT NOW NEARLY HALFWAY ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN

April 21, 2016, Newport, Rhode Island -- Three IMOCA 60 teams participating in the Calero Marinas Solo Transat have nearly reached the halfway mark in their race across the Atlantic Ocean, which left from Marina Lanzarote in the Canary Islands on April 12. The three teams racing in this event are Un Vendee Pour La Suisse skippered by Alan Roura (SUI), Face Ocean skippered by Sebastien Destremau (FRA) and No Way Back skippered by Pieter Heerema (NED). All three teams have entered to qualify for the Vendee Globe, a non-stop solo around the world race which leaves from les Sables d'Olonne, France on November 6, are expected to arrive in Newport, Rhode Island, on approximately April 28 and will be berthed at Newport Shipyard. 

"It has been an exciting race to follow and although Sebastien on Face Ocean had a rip in his mainsail earlier this week, he managed to put his sailmaking skills to work to repair it and it looks like all three skippers are making good progress on their way to Newport," said Eli Dana, Newport Shipyard's general manager. "Hopefully the teams won't have any more issues but if they do, we can help them make repairs when they arrive here at the Shipyard," Dana said.

Two of the teams, Face Ocean and No Way Back, will also participate in the Transat New York-Vendee, which leaves from New York City on May 29th and is part of the IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship." We look forward to having No Way Back and eight other teams stay here for a technical stop over prior to the Transat New York-Vendee," Dana continued. "We invite members of the public to come down and check them out, they are very high performance 60-foot monohulls with outriggers and lifting foils." Most boats will be berthed at Newport Shipyard from May 15 through May 21, when they race in a Pro-Am event to New York.

Sail Newport, Rhode Island's public sailing center, is organizing the finish line for the Calero Marinas Solo Transat and a prize giving will be held at the Clarke Cooke House to honor all three teams shortly after their arrival. The public is invited to attend this celebration and more information will be provided once the teams are closer to the finish. "The Sail Newport team looks forward to their arrival and it essentially kicks off a very busy summer for sailing events in Newport," said Brad Read, Sail Newport's executive director. "We are gearing up for the World Match Race Tour, which will be held here at Fort Adams May 30 through June 4 featuring 20 teams racing M32 high performance catamarans, in addition to many other exciting regattas and events. Sailing fans should look forward to a busy and fun summer ahead that will showcase exciting sailboat racing in the waters off of Newport," Read said.

For more information on the Calero Marinas Solo Transat, contact Melanie Symes, msymes@caleromarinas.com. To follow the teams on the official race tracker, visit: http://www.caleromarinas.com/en/solotransat/tracking/

©Billy Black

©Billy Black

Contacts: 
Veronica Brown, Newport Shipyard, 401-846-6000, veronica@newportshipyard.com
Kim Cooper, Sail Newport, 401-846-1983, kim.cooper@sailnewport.org

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HELLY HANSEN NEWPORT SIGNS ON AS PRESENTING PARTNER OF 2016 NEWPORT CHARTER YACHT SHOW

Helly Hansen Newport to have retail shop open onsite at Newport Shipyard
throughout the 2016 Newport Charter Yacht Show

NEWPORT, R.I. (March 15, 2016) – The organizers of the Newport Charter Yacht Show are pleased to announce that Helly Hansen Newport has signed on as the Presenting Partner for the 2016 Charter Show, open to yacht brokers and industry professionals, from June 21-24, 2016. “We believe partnering with Helly Hansen will be a great benefit to show participants and ideal exposure for Helly Hansen, a respected and sought-after apparel brand in the marine industry,” said Eli Dana, general manager of Newport Shipyard.

Newport Shipyard, located at 1 Washington Street in downtown Newport, RI, is the new location for the 2016 Newport Charter Show, which is the only show of its kind in the U.S., featuring an exquisite collection of world-class sailing and power yachts available for charter.

“Helly Hansen is proud to partner with the Newport Charter Yacht Show because we can offer participants, guests, and marine industry professionals attending the show a variety of products suitable for their on-the-water lifestyle,” said Jay Lasky, owner of Helly Hansen Newport. “Helly Hansen gear ranges from base layers and fleece garments to heavy-duty workwear and technical foul weather gear, which can meet the needs of boating enthusiasts whether they are enjoying an afternoon onboard their daysailer or racing around the world,” Lasky continued.

“We are also the official gear supplier of the Newport Bermuda Race and will have an onsite presence at Newport Shipyard leading up to and on the race start, Friday, June 17, 2016,” Lasky said. “Sailors can find us at our retail location at 154 Thames Street in Newport and at Newport Shipyard for two weeks in June to buy official Newport Bermuda Race race apparel and other Helly Hansen products and apparel. You might also notice how sharp the Newport Shipyard team looks this year, outfitted in Helly Hansen gear. We are proud to be their official clothing partner,” Lasky concluded.

“The Newport Charter Show is only three months away and plans are coming together nicely here at the Shipyard,” Dana continued. “We have a great lineup of new sponsors, some fun crew competitions planned, and we have several yachts already registered for the show. We are excited to be the show’s new home and believe our partnership with Helly Hansen is a win-win for everyone involved.”

Culinary Competitions and Tablescaping Challenge
Chefs and interior crew aboard participating yachts will add zest to the show on Tuesday, June 21st, Wednesday, June 22nd, and Thursday, June 23rd when they contend head-to-head in three culinary competitions and a tablescaping challenge. Organized by Winnie DeCoster of Captains’ Concierge, details regarding this year’s culinary theme can be found online: http://goo.gl/qwcMOg

Industry Focused Seminars
On Thursday, June 23rd, the American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA) will host its Annual “Signature” Educational and Informative Seminar from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The AYCA PR Committee is actively working on the topics, speakers, and sponsors. Interested parties should contact PR Chairperson, Jennifer M. Saia, jennifer@bnbyachtcharters.com, 401-619-1210.

Registration - Discounts are in place for yachts, brokers and agents who register prior to April 1st. Register online at: http://goo.gl/SxPUVI

Hotel Block - A specially discounted room block is available to show attendees at the Newport Marriott (walking distance to the show site), which offers a rate of $259/night (double occupancy). The number of rooms is limited, so book early at http://goo.gl/Q1V593, 1-800-228-9290 (toll free), 401-849-1000 (local). When making the reservation by phone, reference the Newport Charter Yacht Show.

Exhibiting & Sponsoring - For information on exhibiting, contact Veronica Brown, Show Manager, Newport Shipyard, +1 401 846 6000, veronica@newportshipyard.com.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit http://www.newportchartershow.com/newport-charter-yacht-sponsors/sponsors.htm or contact Veronica Brown, Show Manager, Newport Shipyard, +1 401 846 6000, veronica@newportshipyard.com.  

Connect on Social Media, ‘Like’ Newport Charter Yacht Show on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/newportchartershow) and/or ‘Follow Us’ on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CharterYachtsRI).

Helly Hansen Newport is the oldest Helly Hansen licensed store in North America, owned and operated by Jay Lasky since 1992. Known for Outfitting Active Lifestyles for Big Weather, Helly Hansen Newport strives to be the trusted solution for the best quality outdoor gear for active lifestyles and everyday needs. Helly Hansen Newport prides itself on delivering an exceptional customer experience and has been serving online customers since 1998. For more information, visit: www.bigweathergear.com

Newport Shipyard, owner and producer of the 2016 Newport Charter Yacht Show, is also host to many other prestigious yachting events including the biennial Newport to Bermuda Race Crew Party and the Candy Store Cup (formerly the Newport Bucket), an annual superyacht regatta to be held July 29-31, 2016. Newport Shipyard is a full-service marina and shipyard with over 3,500 linear feet of dock space that can accommodate yachts up to 300+ feet LOA. Newport Shipyard owns and operates three Marine Travelifts, one of the which (500 MT) is the largest lift in New England. One of the most popular and recommended shipyards in the USA, Newport Shipyard offers many amenities to captains and crew including: dockside café, ship store, fitness center, courtesy vehicles, crew housing and more. To capture the complete Newport Shipyard experience, visit: www.NewportShipyard.com