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Newport show organizers detail 2017 activities

The Newport show provides visitors from around the world a venue to see the latest boats and product offerings from hundreds of manufacturers and dealers, including dozens debuting for the first time in the United States.

The Newport show provides visitors from around the world a venue to see the latest boats and product offerings from hundreds of manufacturers and dealers, including dozens debuting for the first time in the United States.

The Newport Exhibition Group, which owns and produces the Newport International Boat Show, has announced the activities schedule for the Sept. 14-17 event.

Educational opportunities include Confident Captain’s At the Helm program, a course that provides hands-on training for new boaters or for people who want to improve their skills. The courses are available on a powerboat or sailboat.

Ticket holders also will have the opportunity to tour the 200-foot educational tall ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, which will be docked at Perry Mill Wharf.

The official charitable partner of the 2017 show is Sail To Prevail, an organization that creates opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to overcome adversity through therapeutic sailing.

For more than 30 years Sail To Prevail has served more than 19,000 people across the country. The organization’s primary locations are in Nantucket and Cambridge, Mass., and Newport, R.I. Show attendees can stop at Sail to Prevail’s display at Tent A, Booth 42.

Show visitors also can vote online for the best new sailboat or powerboat making its U.S. debut at the event. The 12th annual Newport for New Products winners will be announced on the morning of Sept. 15.

Categories include best new sailboat and powerboat and best new products for navigation and safety, plus a new “green award.” Also on Sept. 15 the best-looking displays will be announced.

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