Newport Yacht Show 2016 a Great Success

Newport Yacht Show 2016 Highlights

The Newport Yacht Show is a crucial event for charter brokers and yachts alike. The show provides a venue for the crews to show off their yachts, talents, skills, and personalities to the brokers. Why is this important? Brokers use the information they get from the show to make the best possible match for their clients.

There were 24 luxury charter power and sailing yachts ranging in size from 53 feet to 161 feet to visit over three and a half days at this year’s Newport Yacht Show. Brokers spent time getting to know the crews, exploring the vessels, and learning about recent upgrades and plans.

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Newport Charter Show Newport Shipyard (Photo credit: Billy Black)

Since the pace of the tours was sometimes rushed, crews provided lunches for the brokers to show off their culinary and hospitality skills. Also, these meals gave the crews time to develop a working relationship with the brokers to give them an idea of the types of guests to which they are best suited.

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Yacht Siete at the Newport charter Show, Newport Shipyard (Photo credit: Billy Black)

The evenings were also a busy time for all the attendees. One night included a yacht hop. This was a fun evening for the crews to go all out with creativity and energy to display their best foods and beverages. It was especially relevant for the brokers to see firsthand the effort these crews will make to create memorable experiences for their guests.

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Yacht Siete at the Newport charter Show, Newport Shipyard (Photo credit: Billy Black)

In addition, the show held four competitions for the crews to display their talents: Best Charter Yacht Chef, Tablescaping, Healthy Beverage, and Sunset Canapé. Due to so many people living a health-conscious lifestyle, the theme for the competitions this year was “Healthy Luxury”. Therefore, chefs needed to meet the challenge of creating entries that maintained health standards without sacrificing flavor.

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Siete chef Craig’s entry to the chef’s competition at the 2016 Newport Charter Yacht Show (Photo credit: Billy Black)

And the winners are…

First of all, judges used taste as one of the criteria for entries for the Best Chart Yacht Chef. Secondly, the presentation of the dishes.  In addition to those criteria, the dishes were judged on the creativity and use of ingredients. Finally, table presentation was considered. The Tablescape Competition was the opportunity for that talent to shine.

Chef Craig Rosado of the 115-foot motor yacht Siete won the Best Charter Yacht Chef. His vegan entry of asparagus soup infused with strawberry puree, spring roll, and greens.

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Siete chef Craig’s entry to the chef’s competition at the 2016 Newport Charter Yacht Show (Photo credit: Billy Black)

Another standout and taking second in the competition was Chef Christy Dempster aboard the 107-foot motor yacht Reflections. For her paleo dietary requirement, she served tuna with sesame seeds and a mixed salad with asparagus and beans. Chef Christy applied the same effort to her Healthy Beverage recipe and Reflections also won that contest. Chef Cayley Coulburn from the 62-foot sailing vessel Bandido presented a vegetarian meal of couscous salad with asparagus, arugula, and roasted radishes. As a result, she earned a third-place win.

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