Nineteen yachts and megayachts to date are registered for next month’s annual Newport Charter Show in Rhode Island. It’s the only American-based show of its type, an industry-only event that better informs charter brokers and megayacht crew alike of the opportunities in the region.
From June 17 to 20, the Newport Yachting Center will host the Newport Charter Show, which also includes seminars and various crew competitions. The seminar topics include an overview of the shipyards in New England. Captains are also invited to Newport Shipyard to see its new 500-ton TraveLift and the rest of its facilities. As for the culinary competitions, chefs will battle out who makes the best seafood chowder (New England style, of course). Freelance chefs will get a chance to contend, too, in a shucking competition. Never to be overlooked, megayacht stews will vie for bragging rights over the best tablescapes. If you’ve ever chartered a yacht, you know full well how creative the stews can get in decorating tables to make a meal even more memorable.
Speaking of the yachts, which include the 151-foot Katya, 151-foot Golden Compass, 129-foot Safira, and 126-foot Sea Bear, they’ll be open for viewing during the day and host yacht hops (pictured) on two different nights.
The Newport Charter Show will also have a charitable angle for the second consecutive year. YachtAid Global, well-known for its efforts to deliver supplies to communities in need worldwide via yachts, will have sponsored exhibit space. In addition, a special VIP event the last day of the show will benefit YachtAid Global; visit the charity’s homepage for ticket information.