Newport Charter Yacht Show
Crew Competitions Serve Up Sustainable Luxury and Plenty of Fun at Newport Charter Yacht Show
presented by Helly Hansen Newport. Newport Charter Yacht Show Tablescaping
Fun and exciting crew competitions occur every year at the Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen Newport. This is where all attending brokers, managers and other charter industry professionals can enjoy a break from business and gain further insight into the personalities of those who normally spend their days lavishing attention on charter guests. This year’s show – which ran from June 17 through June 20 – hosted 24 world-class yachts. There were 19 motor yachts and 5 sailing vessels, half of which were more than 100 feet in length and all of which were docked within easy walking distance of each other at the mega yacht-friendly Newport Shipyard, which also owns and operates the event.
In the Tablescaping competition, 11 interior crews created gorgeous table-top displays that highlighted their design skills and creativity. Several of the boats had original designs created for the show while others showed off designs that their guests love. The Professional Division was judged by a team of industry professionals led by Cheryl DiGennaro from Newport Yacht Interiors, while the Fan Favorite division was judged by show attendees who voted by casting ballots onboard.
Top row: Tablescaping Pro Favorite “Singing in the Rain” M/V Endeavour; Second Row: Specialty Cocktail top-three finishers S/VColumbia, M/V Invision and Magical Days; Third Row: Tablescaping Fan Favorite “Eat Long and Prosper” Star Trek M/ V Enterprise (photos by Billy Black)
Pro Favorite: M/V Endeavour – “Singing in the Rain” display with multiple levels and textures, including rain boots, tulips, fresh herbs, an umbrella with cascading crystals and accompanying soundtrack with the song.
Fan Favorite: M/V Enterprise – “Eat Long and Prosper” Star Trek theme playing off the yacht’s name.
This was the third year for the Specialty Cocktail competition, and this year’s entries showed off the amazing creativity and mixology skills of the crew who used Keel Vodka as the main ingredient. The ten yachts competing were scored in a fan-favorite format as judged by the show attendees.
- 1st – S/V Columbia
- 2nd – M/V Magical Days
- 3rd – M/V Invision
The Designer Water contest presented by the Charter Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) challenged interior crew to create a ﬂavored “spa” water using water from their onboard system. This ﬁt with CYBA’s “Going Green to Save the Blue” campaign and mission to educate crew and eliminate plastic use onboard yachts.
- 1st – M/V Ariadne
- 2nd – S/V Columbia
- 3rd – M/V Fabulous Character
One of the special highlights of every year’s Newport Charter Yacht Show is the Chef’s Competition