2009-09-17 / About Town

Newport boat show to be held this weekend

The Newport International Boat Show, featuring one of the largest selections of boats and boating products in the Northeast, starts today, Sept. 17, and covers more than 15 acres along America’s Cup Avenue.

More than 850 exhibitors with more than 700 boats ranging in size from 16 to 85 feet are expected to be on display, including express cruising yachts, racing sailboats, ocean-going trawlers at Passage- Maker magazine’s TrawlerPort, a Multihull Lagoon, plus DownEast styles, sport fishing boats, runabouts, kayaks, canoes and inflatables. In addition, engines, sails, equipment, safety products and electronics, plus thousands of accessories and marine services, as well as seminars, demonstrations and workshops, will be part of the show.

While at the show, visitors can take a free sailing lesson or just a quiet sail around Newport Harbor, courtesy of Sail America’s Discover Sailing program. Crews and sailboats will be on hand Thursday through Sunday to demonstrate how easy it is to sail.

Show hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets purchased at the show on Thursday are $27 ($24 online). On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, tickets are $18 ($15 online).

Friday only is military and Newport County residents’ day, with tickets half-price with proper ID. Children under 12 are free every day when accompanied by an adult.

Call 846-1115 or visit www.newportboatshow.com for more information.

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