Newport Boat Show marks launch of fall show season

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The 49th annual Newport International Boat Show kicks off today along America’s Cup Avenue on the Newport waterfront and runs through Sunday.

The show’s land configuration is changing this year due to construction of the new Hammetts Wharf Hotel, causing that portion to shift north toward the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina.

The in-water space, which isn’t impacted by the hotel construction, will expand to the north and south of the Newport Yachting Center to accommodate the 340 boats slated to be on display this year.

The Show’s annual Newport for New Products awards program will feature a line-up of new boats and products making their U.S. or world premiere. Products will feature the NFNP decal and burgees.

Thursday visitors to the show will have the opportunity to cast their vote online for the NFNP People’s Choice Award. (One voter will be selected at random to win a $250 American Express gift card.)

Overall NFNP winners will be announced on Friday morning in the categories of: Best Green Boat and Product; Best New Sailboat; Best New Powerboat; Best New Multihull; Best New Product for Navigation; Best New Product for Boat Operation, Maintenance or Boating Safety; and new for this year Best New Product for Wearable Weather Gear. The Edson Star Award, also announced on Friday morning, will honor exhibitors with the best displays.

Activities and events will be ongoing at this year’s show.

Crew from New York Yacht Club American Magic will talk about their challenge for the 36th America’s Cup taking place March 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Bitter End Yacht Club will host a special event on Saturday in The Bohlin Tent at 1 p.m.

America’s Boating Club will offer hour-long seminars several times each day. Seminars on topics like AIS and Propane Systems will be located at the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, adjacent to Bowen’s Wharf.

Confident Captain’s At The Helm program will provide hands-on training courses for new boaters or those who want to improve their skills and confidence level. Several courses are available for power and sail boaters throughout the four-day show.

“While the new boats and products are a main reason our visitors come to the Show, we always try to enhance the experience with first-rate activities,” Nancy Piffard, Newport Exhibition Group director, said in a statement. “This year we have a very robust itinerary of courses, special events, seminars and guest speakers, designed to give valuable information and a lot of fun to boaters of all ages and levels of experience.”

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