Held along the attractive Newport Waterfront on Rhode Island, the event showcased dozens of new sailboats, powerboats, products and services and was attended by many of the major boat building firms on the East Coast including Hunt Yachts.
The yacht show, regarded as the ‘kick off’ to the autumn boat show season, also staged its ‘unparalleled education program’ which it launched last year to further recreational boating through yacht education.
A number of scheduled yacht training programs were set up throughout the four day show in which both experienced and novice boaters were able to learn new boating skills or hone existing ones.
Visitors flocked to the course on understanding weather forecasting, while the Introduction to Sailing for individuals and families was also a huge success. Meanwhile, queues of visitors lined up to take part in the Newport International Boat Show’s exclusive Discover Boating Hands On Skills Training series which offered on-the-water powerboat and sailboat workshops designed to improve boating skills.
The show also featured more than 600 boats in water, power and sail, of which a number were exhibited by award-winning boat builders Hunt Boats.
But perhaps the highlight of the show was its eagerly anticipated Annual Newport for New Products Award program presented to the best new boat and boat product, and its first ever People’s Choice Award.
Every visitor who attended the show last Thursday was given the chance to vote for all the NFNP entries which were distinguished from other boats by striking red and blue balloons.
And on Friday morning, the winner – the Alerion 41, a single-handed sailing boat – was announced at the Awards Breakfast Ceremony.
Other winners included the Greenline GL 40 by Seaway Yachts for the Best New Power Boat category and Eagle 44 by Leonardo Yachts for the Best New Sailing Boat.