A Boutique Showcase of Charter Yachts
On the heels of the opening of our seasonal Newport office at the Newport Shipyard, our team is proud to have participated at the 2019 Newport Charter Show with a strong display of 4 incredible yachts. Celebrating more than 35 years in existence, the Newport Charter Yacht Show is a boutique showcase of luxury charter yachts alongside a display of ancillary goods and services in the dynamic, picturesque setting of Newport, Rhode Island. Over this four-day event prospective charterers, yacht owners, yacht charter professionals, agents and crew will have an opportunity to network among the top yachts available for charter in New England.
The show is a staple on the yacht charter event calendar every year and rightfully so. Featured this year were 24 world-class yachts from homeports around the world, with the largest motor yacht being the 150’ superyacht M/V Time For Us and largest sailing vessel the 141’ schooner Columbia. The Superyacht Sales and Charter fleet had a very strong showing with four yachts ranging in size from 124′ to 63′ including: Ariadne, Inevitable, Carpe Diem, and Asturias.
All of the Superyacht Sales and Charter fleet took part in the various crew competitions during the 2019 Newport Charter Show such as the Chef’s Competition, Tablescaping, Specialty Cocktails and Designer Water all with a focus on sustainable luxury. According to Chef Competition Judge and American Superyacht Association President Kitty McGowan, sustainability is a current trend in yachting. “It affects how food is sourced and presented onboard, even how fuels and fabrics are chosen,” she said. “It shows that the owners are good stewards while enjoying the fruits of their labor.”
Multiple owners were on hand to support their yachts and crew as they competed for the coveted awards including the owner of Ariadne who came in support of the yacht and crew’s participation in the Tablescaping, Specialty Cocktails and Designer Water competitions. Impressively Ariadne took 1st place the Designer Water Competion. The Designer Water contest presented by the Charter Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) challenged interior crew to create a ﬂavored “spa” water using water from their onboard system. This ﬁt with CYBA’s “Going Green to Save the Blue” campaign and mission to educate crew and eliminate plastic use onboard yachts.
Also present were the owners of Renaissance, Christine and Dr. Bob Emmons, who came from Santa Barbara, Calif. to participate in the show alongside their crew, which won the Yacht Hop top prize with their “JAWS” props and costumes. “It’s our sign of support that we are all-in for the charter business,” said Christine, who played the part of the grieving widow from the movie “JAWS” at the Yacht Hop. “In fact, we designed Renaissance specifically for chartering, and we’ve gotten many charters and repeat customers as a result of this show.”
In addition to touring the yachts on their own time, brokers attended scheduled luncheons aboard various yachts, which gave them further opportunities to test the culinary fare and experience the service that would be provided to charter guests.