Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen Newport: A Sneak Peek at Yachts for Charter in New England

With its illustrious maritime history, picturesque coastlines and quaint islands and towns, New England is a summer hot spot for luxury charter vacations, and from June 18-21, the Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen Newport will showcase the impressive lineup of world-class yachts available for charter in the region this season. Staged at the mega-yacht friendly Newport Shipyard in Newport, R.I., the annual event is the only one of its kind in the U.S., allowing brokers and industry professionals to tour each yacht’s accommodations and get to know the captain and crew. Of the 24 charter yachts currently registered for the show, 18 are new to the event and 13 are measuring in at 100 feet and longer.

“We are seeing a very healthy season here, with more large charter boats in New England than ever before and more people booking them,” said Yacht Charter Specialist Pila Pexton with Merle Wood and Associates, which has its offices at Newport Shipyard. She explained that Newport is but one coastal town on the region’s long list of premier summer cruising destinations – from the rocky shores of Maine to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, down to Long Island – that offers easy access to marinas and harbor facilities that are welcoming to charter yachts. 

Pexton will be representing the 120-foot motor yacht (M/Y) Lady Victoria, which has attended the show several times in the past. A charter favorite, the luxury vessel is equipped with a lavish interior and accommodates eight guests in its four guest cabins. Its expansive deck space, complete with a jacuzzi tub and full bar, is designed for unfettered entertaining. 

Pila Pexton of Merle Wood & Associates represents the 120' M/Y  Lady Victoria

Pila Pexton of Merle Wood & Associates represents the 120' M/Y Lady Victoria

The largest yacht attending the show to date is the 198’ M/Y Blue Moon, one of three yachts represented by Northrop & Johnson this year. The award-winning megayacht features an on-deck master suite that includes an office and gym, while the lower deck has five additional staterooms with private heads. Its grandiose interior blends comfort with luxury and comes equipped with a glass elevator to transport guests from one floor to the next and to three different dining areas.

In addition to a vast selection of motor yachts, a number of sailboats will show, including the 109’ S/Y Marae. “Marae was built perfectly for cruising in the Caribbean and New England,” said Karen Kelly Shea, president of Nicholson Yachts, “and is just a beautiful yacht with a lovely master stateroom and interior in addition to an excellent crew.” Marae sleeps six guests and features a sheltered cockpit and deck area as well as a plethora of watersports toys. She is one of five yachts that Nicholson has in the show this year. 

Kelly Shea added: “This show offers such invaluable exposure to the worldwide sales force and charter industry, and I always push my yachts to do it if they are in the area. In addition, the show is so beneficial with educational seminars about topics such as VAT taxes and secure payment processes. It’s a great opportunity to connect with colleagues and share information. This is a tightknit industry and working together is so important.”

The 109-foot  Marae  is represented by Karen Kelly Shea and her team at Nicholson Yachts.

The 109-foot Marae is represented by Karen Kelly Shea and her team at Nicholson Yachts.

Attendees also participate in a lively Yacht Hop that showcases each yacht in “entertainment mode” and review skills of the captains and crews in a series of contests scheduled throughout the week. These include the marquee Chef Competition (this year, for creating a gourmet dessert), three Captains’ Competitions (drones, fenders, small floral design), and Crew Competitions (Tablescaping, Signature Cocktails and Designer Water).

“The crew is 99% of the charter experience, and by having competitions like this you really get to see their dynamic and how they function,” said Herman Pundt, a broker for Denison Yacht Sales, which has two yachts registered that are new to the show this year. They include the 133’ motor vessel Serque, which is complete with a professional crew of eight onboard.

“The quality of service a crew has to provide is of the utmost importance, and we strive to make sure our guests have an amazing and relaxing experience,” said Serque’s Head Steward Anchen Coetzee, who has a degree in hotel management and has been working in the hospitality industry for 12 years. “As a guest onboard, you are not only getting to know the crew but you’re receiving a completely unique experience, customized to fit your needs. There is no comparison.”  

Attendees will participate in a 'yacht hop' on the Wednesday evening of the Charter Show.

Attendees will participate in a 'yacht hop' on the Wednesday evening of the Charter Show.

Marine & Specialty Vendors: Open to the Public

During the Newport Charter Yacht Show, the public is invited to check out exhibiting vendors along the “checkerboard patio” outside Belle’s Café at Newport Shipyard. Vendors will be open daily June Tuesday, 19 through Thursday, June 21 from 10am-5pm and include: presenting sponsor Helly Hansen with its mobile pop-up shop; Spades Cosmetics, Pantaenius Yacht InsuranceAERE Marine GroupNewport Yacht Interiors, The Carnegie Tower, CaptureRI, WheelHouse Technologies, Boatique USA, Harbor East Marina, Wharf Marina, Swarovski Optik, a.Clara BostonGlobal Satellite USA LLC, Bent & BreeCUTCO Cutlery, Cloud City Drones, Bluewater, Flint & Flame and Marigot Bay Resort & Marina. The U.S. Superyacht Association will have its own sponsors showing under a special tent.

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More About Newport Charter Yacht Show
Bank Rhode Island and will sponsor a daily breakfast under the main show tent catered by Newport Shipyard’s popular eatery Belle's Café.  Special events start with a captain and crew’s briefing and happy-hour social on Monday sponsored by Sea Hawk Paints and Alexseal Yacht Coatings. Drinks for the briefing are sponsored by Bridge Liquors.  On Tuesday evening, after the show closes for the day, a captains’ competition will take place that will feature flying a drone, inflating a fender, and creating a small floral arrangement. Wednesday evening is reserved for the much-anticipated Yacht Hop, while an industry-led educational seminar hosted by American Yacht Charter Association will take place on Thursday morning, and the ever-popular crew competitions sponsored by ISS GMTDenison Yacht Sales, and Sentinel Limousine (for Best Charter Yacht Chef, Tablescaping, Signature Cocktail and Designer Water) will take place onboard the yachts Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday evening’s party and awards dinner, sponsored by Ward’s Marine Electric and KVH Industries, tops off the social events before the show’s final day on Friday.

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:

About Newport Shipyard:
Newport Shipyard, owner and producer of the 2018 Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen Newport, is also host to many other prestigious yachting events. 2018 is no exception with the Gosling’s Rum Newport Shipyard Crew Party for the Newport to Bermuda Race (June 13); the annual Candy Store Cup Superyacht Regatta (July 26-28); and the Newport Yacht Rendezvous benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County (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: dockside café, ship store, fitness center, courtesy vehicles, crew housing and more. To capture the complete Newport Shipyard experience, visit: