The annual Newport Charter Show, set for this summer in New England, has been an industry-only event for the past 29 years. That’s changing, with new ownership embracing a new philosophy. And, as part of that philosophy, the Newport Charter Show will encourage yacht owners and charter guests alike to support the well-known nonprofit organization YachtAid Global.
Being held June 18 to 21 at the Newport Yachting Center in Newport, Rhode Island, the Newport Charter Show will welcome potential charterers, accompanied by brokers, to board and inspect the yachts and megayachts on display. They’ll also be able to meet representatives of other yachting-oriented businesses ranging from retail to educational in nature. This sets the Newport Charter Show apart from its past, when only charter brokers and media were permitted to attend. The addition of other exhibitors also sets the show apart from other charter events stateside and worldwide.
Further differentiating the Newport Charter Show, its organizer, the Newport Harbor Corporation, has named a charitable partner, in the form of YachtAid Global. YachtAid Global’s founder, Capt. Mark Drewelow, will meet with charter-yacht captains the day before the show and speak at the welcome reception the first day of the show. The goal is to educate yacht crews, yacht owners, and others alike about how YachtAid Global delivers much-needed aid to communities in need worldwide with the assistance of yachts.
Over nearly six years, YachtAid Global has worked with 38 yachts and 385 crewmembers to deliver everything from books to medical supplies to nearly 2,000 children in 13 countries, and some yacht crews and yacht owners have even worked to raise funds for the organization itself. (The photo here is from the Slojo YAG Challenge from 2010, in which the motoryacht Slojo raised thousands for YachtAid Global and delivered supplies.) In addition, YachtAid Global is establishing a Founding Members Board, to help it continue growing and raising money.