Newport Int’l Boat Show Kicks Off Boat Show Season Tomorrow


Gates Open on September 14th to the Most Exciting Show Yet

Newport, R.I. – Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today that it has secured a record number of exhibitors, and organized more activities and attractions for showgoers than ever before.

This year’s show includes a powerful line-up of new boats and products making their U.S. debut, and for some, their world premiere. These vessels and products will be identified with Newport For New Products (NFNP) decals and balloons and located throughout the show sites. Sailboats on display for the first time in the United States include the Elan GT5, Hartley 15, Hanse 588, HH55 Catamaran, J/121 and the Lifestyle 26. New powerboat debuts include the Boston Whaler 380 Outrage, Grand Banks 60, Legacy 36, MJM 35z, Outer Reef 610 Motoryacht, Pursuit S-368, Sabre 45 Salon Express, Sealegs Interceptor 9000, Zeelander Z55, the Zodiac Cadet 270 RIB ALU and Zodiac Open 7. There will also be a unique assortment of new and innovative products for boat navigation and safety on exhibit. Visitors to the show on Thursday will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite new sailboat or powerboat in the NFNP People’s Choice Award program. One lucky voter will be picked randomly to receive a $250 American Express Gift card. Continue reading

J Class In Newport – History Revisits Rhode Island Sound

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Just down the bay from our Jamestown Distributors HQ in Bristol, is an event not to be missed – the first ever J Class World Championship starts today off Newport and goes through Saturday. These majestic yachts are updated 21st century “modern” racing machines, but their pedigree suggests their origins were from a time when yachts with massive sails and numerous crew were built to compete on the international stage with much less public spectating or compassion. The America’s Cup races they were built for brought them to Newport for the first time in the 30’s, so these boats know these waters. This is your chance to see six of these machines sailing together in these same waters.  Continue reading

Newport Pulls Out All the Stops for the Volvo Ocean Race

To say it was a successful stopover is an understatement. It exceeded the expectations of even the most optimistic forecasters and was a pleasant surprise for the sailors who call this port home. When the America’s Cup rolled out of town in 1986 bound for Australia, Newport went into suspended animation. A town that had lined its miles of shoreline with spectators and its shores with a fleet of boats would have to wait for more than 25 years to relive the excitement and spectacle that a major sailing event, like the Volvo Ocean Race would bring to the area. The TotalBoat team was on the water and onshore for all the fun and gathered this little stopover roundup for you!

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Here Comes the Volvo Race! Newport Stopover Starts May 5.


If you haven’t heard about the Volvo Ocean Race coming to Newport in a few short weeks then lift up your rock and rise up! If you’re a local boater We really hope you will get yourself and your boats and friends to Newport and represent! We stand for those who support extreme stuff like racing sailboats around the world, we support our local pals on Team Alvimedica and the entire Newport Stopover experience. It is important that Newport put on a good – NO, GREAT! – show for this event and much of that hinges on the crowds and the level of enthusiasm out there.

So here is a little roundup of some events going on in Newport at Fort Adams, home base for the 2-week sailing extravaganza. With concerts and kids activities, champagne tents, a section of a Volvo Ocean 65 boat to check out, all the boats docked, a rock wall and zip line, a bubble soccer tournament(?), mad concessions and more… there isn’t a reason NOT to check out this once-in-a-lifetime event many times while it’s open.

BE A VOLUNTEER (there is still time!):

GET YOUR ORANGE ON: Support Local RI based Team Alvimedica with a rally flag

GET TEXT ALERTS to Meet the boats as they arrive: This is SO AWESOME – day or middle of the night. Thousands of BOATS came to greet the boats at most of the other arrivals so we have to get ourselves and our boats and all our friends with boats out there. It is important to the success of Newport’s stopover that the water is crowded with spectators!

SEE A CONCERT: The Heineken Reggae Concert is May 9 for all ages.

HOP ON A SPECTATOR BOAT: and check out an arrival, the In Port Race on May 16 or the RESTART on May 17.





And if you love boatbuilding, then be sure to visit the BOATYARD TENT where all the boat work gets done for all the teams! So cool!

And a video (OF COURSE) to psych you up!!  See you at the Race Village!