Boat Show fleet suggests industry rebound

The 42nd annual Newport International Boat Show runs this Thursday to Sunday, Sept.13-16 at its 13-acre site along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport. Show exhibitor participation is up this year — 600 boats and 750 booths, a fact that show director Tom Delotto thinks portends good things for the industry. "The Newport Show is a bellwether of the industry, both in terms of pre-show exhibitor commitments and at-show sales interest and, from the preshow point of view, it looks like the industry is on its way back from the low point of the recession a few years back,” he said. Nearly 40 boats and products will debut at this year's show including new sailboats from Dufour, JBoats and Bavaria and new powerboats from Hunt, Hinckley, Jeanneau and Protector. The show offers on-the-water 60- and 90-minute clinics and three-hour seminars — all requiring pre-registration — taught by licensed captains. Boats range in size from 15 to 85 feet, and there will also be kayaks, inflatables, services, equipment, electronics and accessories. Hours are Thursday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tickets purchased at the show on Thursday, VIP Day, are $30 ($27 online plus processing fee).  On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, tickets are $18 ($15 online plus processing fee).  Tickets for Friday are half-price for military personnel and Newport County residents with proper ID.  Children under 12 are free every day when accompanied by an adult.  Visitors use the free shuttle bus service running from Easton’s Beach parking lot all four days.  For more information, go to
Hospice Regatta
The 2012 Hospice Regatta sets sail from the Herreshoff Marine Museum on the Bristol waterfront this Saturday, Sept. 15. Entry fee is $100 per boat. Landlubbers are welcome too — for $50, anyone can take part in a post-race dinner featuring local fare and awards ceremony. Or come later at 8 p.m. for entertainment by The Ravers and a light menu. For more information or tickets, call Home & Hospice care of Rhode Island at 401/415-4206 or visit the website at and click on the regatta link. Boat raffle Save The Bay is raffling off a NorseBoat 21.5 Cruiser to support its efforts to protect the bay. The Cruiser is the largest in NorseBoat's line of sailing and rowing boats, able to comfortably carry two adults and two children. Tickets are $125 or two for $200. A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold. Buy a ticket before Sept. 16 and you'll be entered into a second raffle for a stay in Newport. Tickets can be purchased online at   NBYA Boat of the Year A few opportunities remain to amass points for the title of GMT Boat of the Year on Narragansett Bay and it's still a wide-open contest. In fact, every  Narragansett Bay Yachting Association member could still qualify by sailing every race. Upcoming qualifiers include: • The Hospice Regatta, Saturday, Sept. 15, to be raced from the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol. The Twenty Hundred Club fall race around Prudence Island, Saturday, Sept. 22. The race is counter-clockwise around Prudence and Patience Islands with the start and finish line near Pine Tree Point. The Champion of Champions Regatta on Saturday, Sept. 29.  This regatta is designed to bring the best of the spinnaker and non-spinnaker boats from all of the yacht club series held around the bay. Hawks ranked fifth Roger Williams University's co-ed dinghy sailing team entered the fall season ranked fifth in the nation according to the Sailing World coaches' poll. Georgetown is first and Brown is seventh. In the women's poll, Brown is seventh and University of Rhode Island is ninth. Clambake — this one's a treat! That annual September treat — baked clams and all the fixings — will be served up by the Westport Fishermen's Association chefs this Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Sportsmen's Club on John Dyer Road in Little Compton. To reserve a serving at this late date, contact the association quickly at the e-mail address below. Another highlight of the event will be a raffle whose grand prize is the Green Heron,  a beautiful 17-foot hand-made cedar strip sea Kayak ideal for exploring the Westport River or even venturing beyond out toward Cuttyhunk.      


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