|2012 Newport Charter Yacht Show Report|
Although we have been enjoying the annual charter yacht show in Newport, R.I., for more than 30 years, we reserved advance judgment about this year’s edition, held on June 18-22, 2012, due to the show’s recent change of ownership to Newport Harbor Corporation (NHC). A day or two into the event, however, all were in agreement that the 2012 Newport Charter Yacht Show was a huge success.
On land, the daily seminars designed to keep everyone abreast of operations in the marine industry were interesting and smoothly conducted. Our American Charter Yacht Association (AYCA) Seminar with its “Discover New England” theme, held at the prestigious 41 North venue, “blew the doors off” the number of attendees we had anticipated – we ended up with over 70!
Of course, the show would not be complete without a Culinary Competition. Chefs from 11 yachts competed in two classes: Grande Class for boats 100 feet and larger, and Premier Class for those under 100 feet. Chef Eddj from 145-foot LADY M won the Grande Class competition with a delectable shellfish concoction. The Premier Class was tasked with preparing a seafood chowder, and yours truly had the pleasure of being one of the tasters for that division. The winner was Chef Megan from the 70-foot S/Y DESTINY