Twenty-five luxurious charter yachts are at the docks in the Newport Shipyard this week for the 2017 Newport Charter Yacht Show. For years, the event has signalled the unofficial start to the summer cruising season in New England and is strategically located in Newport, just a hop, skip and jump from the Hamptons, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, all cruising favourites. Once the summer playground for families like the Astors and Vanderbilts, with its Gilded Age historic mansions, this area is known today for great sailing, boutique shopping, quaint seaside towns, lively festivals and great lobster, making the region one of the hottest cruising destinations at the moment.
Home to a renowned broker
Northrop & Johnson, headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale (along with 15 other cities around the world, including Newport), has four motor yachts being showcased at the show including two standouts: the 60m Feadship BLUE MOON, the largest in the show and also the 43m PRAXIS, the second largest (also a Feadship). Westport’s APHRODITE (39m) and AB Yachts SILVER MAMA (28m) round up the top four yachts.
It’s all about BLUE MOON
“Brokers come aboard, inspect the product, have lunch and participate in the yacht hops so they can experience the level of service onboard,” said Eva Hiebert, Northrup & Johnson charter manager who handles BLUE MOON.
“The Newport Charter Yacht Show is an intimate show compared to others around the world, and top quality brokers participate,” Eva continued.
Motoryacht BLUE MOON is a standout with its panoramic views from three distinct dining areas on the bridge deck. Its floor-to-ceiling glass panes open onto the aft deck creating the ultimate indoor/outdoor dining experience. A stunning glass elevator transports guests from the sun deck to the lower deck where they can utilise one of two tenders, including a beautifully restored 1972 original Riva 28 to go ashore.
From its colonial origins in the fishing trade to its status as an international mecca for sailing, it should be no surprise that there are also some spectacular ones on display as well. Nicholson’s Yachts, headquartered in Newport, has three stunning vessels in the Show that are strictly sail: the 30m Giorgetti & Magrini design JUPITER, the Hoek design SY COPIHUE and also SY CONTINGENCY by Oyster.
Nicholson Yachts President Karen Kelly Shea commented, “People sometimes think chartering is only for the very rich but SY CONTINGENCY, for example, offers a captain and chef (or a captain-only) option which makes her quite affordable, especially if people want to go ashore for dinner, or do their own cooking onboard.”
It’s going to be a fantastic show
Newport Charter Show Director, Veronica Brown said they were very pleased with the lineup of yachts at the show, especially considering many are on charter at the America’s Cup in Bermuda this week. Nineteen yachts are new to the show this year so there is a lot to see. If you are in the area come on down to the Newport Shipyard, to experience the jam-packed schedule of events, educational seminars and crew competitions. The Newport Charter Yacht Show is on this week until Friday 23rd June, presented by sponsor Helly Hansen.