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

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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

Celebrating the Sailor

Happy Columbus Day! In honor of the explorer CC, for whom we reserve today, and without mention of whether or not he was a good guy or a demon – we must at least acknowledge that the man logged some miles at sea on intricate ships and in challenging conditions.

With that in mind, climb aboard this beautiful tall ship, the Top Sail Schooner Oosterschelde and experience a bit of what our pal, CC, might have been accustomed to aboard his own vessel.  Enjoy!

Tall Ships Challenge 2015

With only 4 stops along the Atlantic Coast, the 2015 Tall Ships Challenge was known mostly this summer for the special guest appearance of the Tall Ship L’Hermione from France. The Tall Ships Challenge 2015 brought this fantastic voyage of the French tall ship into the limelight, as the replica visited all 4 ports with her fellow tall ships and added another 5 Atlantic ports to her own itinerary.

Hermione is an exact replica of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship also called the Hermione. Today, the majestic vessel is the largest and most authentically built Tall Ship in the last 150 years. The Hermione has set sail in France, launching an adventure that comes to the USA in the summer of 2015 for an unprecedented voyage. Her route is similar to the route taken by Lafayette when he came to the States in 1780 to meet George Washington. She came ashore from her transatlantic voyage with 80 sailors, making landfall on June 5 in Yorktown in Virginia, where US troops led by George Washington and French soldiers accompanied by General Lafayette scored a decisive victory over the British in 1781.

“The Hermione, the ship that reunited Lafayette and Washington and sealed our freedom, sails again for America,” trumpets the website promoting the reconstruction of the epic journey. Lafayette’s willingness to support the American Revolution was symbolized by his arrival on Hermione who sailed him to Boston, MA in only 38 days.

The project is the brainchild of a group of history and sailing enthusiasts who two decades ago embarked on the arduous task of recreating the vessel using only eighteenth-century shipbuilding techniques.

Not to be overshadowed by this great ship, the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Series of international sailing races, cruises, and maritime festivals is organized by Tall Ships America in cooperation with Great Lakes, Atlantic and Pacific Coast port cities in the United States and Canada. This summer was the Atlantic Coast’s turn at hosting the 2 month long event, with great interest in the 4 ports of call, as is typical when these majestic ships sail into town.

If you live near Portland, Maine, Greenport, NY or Portland and Castine, Maine you might have had the opportunity to see these ships up close for yourself. They are now onto their other summer sailing and sail training, but this video from the Greenport, NY stop shows the beauty a crowd of tall ships lends to any dock or pier.

And if you’re near Boston this weekend, you can tour America’s largest tall ship, The USCG Cutter Eagle. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the American flag and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. She will be docked at Pier 4 at the Charleston Navy Yard as part of the 2015 cadet summer training deployment.

EAGLE will be open for free public tours:

TODAY!  – Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Did you catch L’Hermione on her US tour? How about any of the other tall ships? Let us know in the comments below!