Charter yachts who plan to participate in the 2018 Newport Charter Yacht Show in Newport, RI have two weeks left to save 20% on dockage and registrations fees. The charter show, which features luxury sailing and motor vessels available for charter in New England, is open to charter yacht brokers, agents and industry professionals. The show will be held at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island June 18-21, 2018 and will once again be presented by Helly Hansen.  

"We anticipate another successful charter yacht show and encourage yachts to register early to take advantage of our spring discount," said Eli Dana, general manager of Newport Shipyard. "2018 looks to be another successful year here in Newport with many great events happening including the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in May, the Newport Bermuda Race and Charter Show in June and the Candy Store Cup in July, just to name a few. The Charter Show helps us kick off the summer here at the Shipyard and we truly enjoy hosting these yachts, captains, crew, brokers, industry professionals and sponsors. It's great to have Newport Shipyard bustling with 400+ people over 4 days coming to see these yachts and participate in the many social events and seminars we organize throughout the show," continued Dana. "We are very happy to have many returning sponsors in 2018 including Helly Hansen, who will once again be the title sponsor for the third straight year. We are also happy to have Sea Hawk Paints, KVH Industries, Ward's Marine Electric, Bank RI, ISS GMT Global Marine Travel, and Bridge Liquors also all returning."

Yachts who register before March 15, 2018 receive 20% off dockage and registration fees. Register here:  (photo © Billy Black)

Yachts who register before March 15, 2018 receive 20% off dockage and registration fees.
Register here: (photo © Billy Black)

The 2017 charter show showcased 18 luxury power and 7 sailing yachts ranging in size from 53 to 198-feet. With over 40 brokerage houses represented, the 2017 show featured three evening parties including a captain & crew briefing; yacht hop; and final party and awards. Six crew competitions were held over the course of the show and the American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA) held its annual Signature Seminar Series with more than 60 charter brokers in attendance. 

"The crew competitions are definitely a highlight of the Charter Show and last year was one of the best with 8 chefs competing in the Best Charter Yacht Chef competition," said Kitty McGowan of the U.S. Superyacht Association who is a former yacht chef and who served as a judge. "It was a fantastic turnout and the chefs and interior crew really impressed the judges by taking all of the competitions seriously with some very creative and impressive food, beverages and table décor. Almost every yacht participated in at least one competition which made it fun and exciting for everyone," McGowan said. "The best charter yacht chef panel of judges were impressed with all the entries and although the competition was close, Ian Gabbe, chef of the 116' yacht Renaissance, really shined with his Wagyu Strip Steak which was served on a bed of parsnip purée flavored with lovage and drizzled with a chocolate mint flavored Bordelaise sauce. It was incredible," McGowan concluded. In addition to the chef competition, six yachts competed in the Tablescaping competition, fourteen yachts participated in the Signature Cocktail competition, which were sponsored by ISS GMT and Denison Yacht Sales. Ten yachts participated in the Designer Water Competition, which is hosted and organized by the CYBA, AYCA and IYBA; and eight captains also participated in the Captain's Drone Challenge which was organized by Cloud City Drones. 

Ian Gabbe , chef onboard the 116' yacht  Renaissance , won the Best Charter Yacht Chef competition, sponsored by ISS GMT and Denison Yacht Sales, at the 2017 Newport Charter Yacht Show. (photo © Billy Black)

Ian Gabbe, chef onboard the 116' yacht Renaissance, won the Best Charter Yacht Chef competition, sponsored by ISS GMT and Denison Yacht Sales, at the 2017 Newport Charter Yacht Show. (photo © Billy Black)

"We are proud to once again be the presenting sponsor of the Newport Charter Yacht Show," said Jay Lasky, owner of Helly Hansen Newport. "The Shipyard is a great venue for events like this and we love seeing yacht crew outfitted in our gear," Lasky said. "Last year's event was filled with many fun social gatherings including the Wednesday evening yacht hop which nearly every yacht participated in," Lasky said. "It's a great opportunity for my team and I to network with captains, crew, brokers, and other industry professionals. We look forward to this year's show in June," Lasky concluded.

Registration for the Newport Charter Yacht Show is now open online: When registering before March 15, 2018, yachts save 20% on dockage and registration fees; when registering before April 1, brokers save $50 and exhibiting vendors save $100. 

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Newport Shipyard Contacts:

Veronica Brown, Show Manager
Newport Shipyard
401-846-6000 (o) 
401-855-0945 (m)

Eli Dana, General Manager
Newport Shipyard
401-846-6000 (o)
401-662-1081 (m)

Mindy Campbell, Dockmaster
Newport Shipyard
401-846-6002 (o)


Helly Hansen Newport is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 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:

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About Newport Shipyard:

Newport Shipyard is the owner and producer of the Newport Charter Yacht Show. In 2018,  Newport Shipyard will also be the host site for the Newport Bermuda Race Crew Party on June 13; the Oliver Hazard Perry Gala on June 29; the Candy Store Cup from July 26-28; and the Newport Yacht Rendezvous benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County on August 10.

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 four Marine Travelifts, one of which (500 MT), is the largest yacht 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: a dockside café, ship store, fitness center, courtesy vehicles, crew housing and more. To capture the complete Newport Shipyard experience, visit: