The Newport International Boat Show today announced its schedule of activities to engage and excite the whole family. This year’s show will take place September 15-18, 2022 at the Newport Yachting Center Marina in downtown Newport, Rhode Island.
“Each year, the Newport International Boat Show attracts exhibitors featuring the world’s most innovative new boats, products and nautical services,” said Jocelyn Emory, Chief Marketing Officer, Newport Exhibition Group. “This year, we have added several exciting new events, educational opportunities and giveaways to enhance the boat show experience. We are confident that this robust show is not to be missed!
The Newport International Boat Show is one of the nation’s largest boating events and New England’s premier boat show. It encompasses more than 14 acres of Newport’s famous waterfront and hosts hundreds of exhibitors, dealers and manufacturers, showcasing new motorboats and sailboats, as well as marine equipment, services and accessories. This year, Newport International Boat Show has partnered with Better Bay Alliance as a 2022 Charity Partner with a shared mission: to educate and enhance the boating experience by promoting human safety on the water. Presenting sponsors for this year’s show are BankNewport and its marine division, OceanPoint Marine Lending.
One of the popular attractions at the Show is the Newport for new products (NFNP) Awards Program, which showcases new boats and nautical products making their US debut. Industry experts judge each entry on opening day, and prizes are awarded in multiple categories. The People’s Choice Award for Best First Boat Overall is chosen by attendees ahead of the show via online voting and all winners are announced on Friday, September 17. Check the show directory for the lineup to date or visit the website to chart your course NFNP. All entries and winners are also marked with NFNP burgees and decals throughout the show.
In conjunction with the Freedom Boat Club and Narragansett Sailing School, in-water training sessions for boaters and sailors will cover everything from the basics to mooring and intermediate skills, and will even include courses just for women.
Just steps from the Newport Boat Show entrance is the show’s partner, the Sailing Museum. This state-of-the-art experience explores the ins and outs of sailing with exhibits celebrating members of the National Sailing Hall of Fame and America’s Cup Hall of Fame. During the days of the Fair, visitors can show their wristbands and benefit from a 25% reduction on admission to the Museum.
New this year, join Voice of the Oceans to support their global initiative committed to ridding the oceans of plastic pollution. Stopping at Newport is their go-to ship, Kat, which will be moored on the south side of the Salon. Come aboard to meet the crew and take a tour of the unique vessel or participate in an in-class seminar at the Maritime Center, both offered over the four days of the show.
Come see the iconic boat Young lady and meet its inspiring crew located at Bannister’s Wharf during the four days of the show. Young lady is now a Global Ambassador for Girls’ Empowerment through Education. Together they are on another mission to raise awareness and fundraise for girls’ education on a three-year circumnavigation of the globe, covering 90,000 nautical miles and sailing to 60 destinations in 40 countries, reaching and inspiring millions of girls and changing the narrative of what they can achieve, creating a better future for all.
Also new to the Newport Boat Show for this year is a collaboration of YouTube stars, who will be at the first-ever YouTube Influencer booth on North Commercial Wharf, just outside the Bohlin tent. This year, the team Acorn in ArabellaColin MacRae from Sailboat under the bridgeAndy Miller from Boatworks TodayLouis Sauzedde from Advice from a shipbuilder, Captain Q Yacht Hunter, David Shih Sailing, chasing the stars, Build MV Dauntless, Parlay Revival Sailing, Veil Dark Angel and more. This exciting experience is sponsored by Bacon Sails, Edson Marine, Precision Sails, TotalBoat and Ugo Wear.
Several exhibitors will organize giveaways during the show. Back by popular demand, the Oris Airstream, located at the top of the commercial dock. Visitors can enter for a chance to win an Oris Depth Gauge watch. The winner will be chosen late Sunday afternoon at the Oris Airstream. Stop by the Celebrity Cruises and AAA exhibit to learn more about how you can enter for a chance to win a seven-night cruise to Bermuda, the Caribbean, Europe or Alaska in 2023. The winner will be selected at Booths #1 & 2 in Tent A on Sunday, September 18 at 4 p.m. Celebrity Cruises will also be offering discounts on the show.
The Bohlin Tent, located at the end of Commercial Wharf, is a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of the show and a great place to relax while enjoying acoustic music, delicious food and a cold drink from Sobieski Vodka , Fishers Island Lemonade, Boston Beer Company, Narragansett Brewing and Whalers Brewing. New this year, the Show welcomes Delicato Wines, Mount Gay Rum, Rey Azul Tequila and Soda and Tequila Ocho. Don’t miss the silent auction and raffle at the Bohlin Tent sponsored by the Newport Marriott to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County. Prizes include hotel stays and other gifts from show sponsors. Additionally, visitors can meet Tokyo 2020 Olympian Stephanie Roble and USA Sailing Team Athlete Mac Agnese at the Bohlin Tent from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday for all boat show attendees. For all friends and families, join Newport Hospital celebrating 150 years for a children’s activity Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bohlin tent.
Visit the A-3 tent to learn more about REGENT and its quest to pioneer the future of sustainable maritime mobility. Based in Rhode Island, REGENT builds seagliders, a new class of electric vehicles that run exclusively on water to dramatically reduce the time and cost of moving people and goods between coastal towns. Viceroy is REGENT’s flagship seaglider, a 12-passenger vehicle with a range of 160 nautical miles with existing battery technology that uses existing dock infrastructure and is certified by maritime authorities.
Rounding out the show experience, the 12 Meter Yacht Club, North American Fleet of 12 Meter Yachts, along with Ida Lewis Yacht Club, will host the North American 12 Meter Championships from September 16-18. On the final day of racing, Sunday September 18, the 12 Meter fleet will parade proudly through Newport Harbor around 10am. All participants are welcome on the docks of the marina of the Newport Yachting Center for this unmissable moment.
There will be limited box offices on site during the days of the Show, so it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance online. Digital tickets will be scanned at visitor entrance and a wristband will be applied to allow visitors access to all gates throughout the day. Thursday opens Preview Day, sponsored by Discover Newport, and tickets are $40* while all-day tickets Friday through Sunday are $28*. Additionally, military families and veterans, as well as residents of Newport County, sponsored by Hogan Associates Real Estate and Carey, Richmond and Viking Insurance, can purchase tickets in person at Gate 1 for $18 with a ID valid Friday, September 16. Children under 12 are free on all four days of the show, courtesy of Newport Hospital.
To make the attendee experience seamless upon entry, show management recommends purchasing a parking space online in advance at Easton’s Beach in Newport. A parking pass costs $40 per vehicle. There will be continuous and free shuttles to and from the Show site (just 1.5 miles) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. By purchasing a ticket online, visitors can add a parking space to their cart during checkout. Local visitors can also take the Jamestown/Newport express ferry to the show or take the Seastreak ferry from Providence or Bristol, Rhode Island. Both ferries disembark at Perrotti Park, a short walk from the lounge.
For more information, visit www.newportboatshow.com.
*Processing fees applied as well as price increase on opening day
Show dates and times:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday September 15, 16 and 17: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 18: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.