STUNNING SUPERYACHTS TO RACE FROM NEWPORT SHIPYARD DURING 2017 CANDY STORE CUP

For the second year running, the Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition will showcase some of the world’s most spectacular yachts racing in a regatta designed specifically for them. The event, scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, July 27-29, is organized and hosted by Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf, which partnered last year to consolidate the Newport Bucket and Candy Store Cup regattas.

The largest yacht entered thus far is the 184’ (56m) Perini Navi ketch Zenji, which will join the other entries at Newport Shipyard’s newly expanded docks alongside dozens of other megayachts, both sail and power. The working shipyard has become the epicenter of the megayacht industry in New England and is uniquely positioned on the Newport waterfront to allow the public to view the yachts that are berthed there.

The 170’ (52 meter) schooner Meteor, built by Royal Huisman (foreground), and the 138’ (42 meter) J Class Sloop Ranger compete in the 2016 Candy Store Cup. Both superyachts will be back again for the second annual running of the event. (photo credit: Bill Black) Click photo to download in high resolution

The 170’ (52 meter) schooner Meteor, built by Royal Huisman (foreground), and the 138’ (42 meter) J Class Sloop Ranger compete in the 2016 Candy Store Cup. Both superyachts will be back again for the second annual running of the event. (photo credit: Bill Black) Click photo to download in high resolution

"The 2016 Candy Store Cup knocked the ball out of the park," said Dan Meyers, co-owner of the 52m yacht Meteor, which is returning for the 2017 event. "It was the perfect mixture of everything – great venue, professional race management, and the social side was FUN in all capitals.”

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 evenings for socializing. Racing begins at 1 p.m. 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. The Candy Store Cup Party and Awards are on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Royal HuismanPerini NaviVitters and Rybovich, which are major players in the superyacht industry and were all stewards of the Newport Bucket, are presenting partners of the Candy Store Cup Newport. Supporting partners of the event are KVHNorth SailsSentient JetSouthern Spars / Future FibresWillis Towers WatsonThe Marshall Islands Registry, and M. Gemi.

Newport Shipyard will be headquarters for the 2017 Candy Store Cup. (photo credit: Billy Black)  Click photo to download in high resolution

Newport Shipyard will be headquarters for the 2017 Candy Store Cup. (photo credit: Billy Black) 
Click photo to download in high resolution

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. Bannister's Wharf, founder of the original Candy Store Cup in 1977, is situated in downtown Newport and attracts visitors and locals alike with 20 shops and galleries that offer a diverse selection of life’s niceties. The social center of the Wharf is the Clarke Cooke House, home of the original Candy Store Cup.

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Information: www.candystorecup.com or contact Veronica Brown, Event Organizer, Newport Shipyard, +1 401 846 6000,veronica@newportshipyard.com. To register, visit: www.candystorecup.com/yacht-registration

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