Three-Day Show Includes New Features to Inspire Boaters to Get Out on the Water
When the doors to the Providence Boat Show open on January 23, showgoers will see a boating expo that is unlike any previous running of this 22-year-old Ocean State happening. The Rhode Island Convention Center, which hosts the show January 23-25, will be chock-full of boats and equipment, but new features have been created so boaters can get the information and inspiration they need to chart their course to the water.
Here is a rundown of some of the special attractions coming to the event.
DEBUTS FROM RHODE ISLAND COMPANIES
New boats debuting at the show range from affordable sailing dinghies to boats built for serious fishing enthusiasts. Rhode Island companies unveiling new watercraft, products and services include: Black Rock Sailing School, Boatsetter, Brewer Street Boatworks, Confident Captain/Ocean Pros, Inland Marine, Megrew’s Boats, Team One Newport, Twin City Marine, and Zim Sailing.
Come to the Providence Boat Show to see the new Zim 15, a two-person racing machine designed to draw 20- to 30-year-old members to your club.
Showgoers will pick up the knowledge they need to net more enjoyment from their time on the water in seminars that run throughout the show—from tips from New England’s top anglers, to sessions on the skills that challenge most boaters, to special presentations targeted to those who want to get involved in the sport.
NEW ENGLAND BOATING EXPERIENCE
Showgoers can discover all the ways to go boating in the region—from simple and affordable to high-tech—at this new area of the show sponsored by the NESN New England Boating television show. The TV show’s cohosts Tom Richardson and Parker Kelley will be making appearances throughout the show. Attendees can also learn how easy it is to go boating from the Community Boating Center of Providence, see locally manufactured boats, try surfing on dry land, and learn about wind-powered skiing and other ways to enjoy the region.
VOLVO OCEAN RACE
Showgoers can catch Volvo Ocean Race fever at the show. With onboard reporters working 24/7 to capture the drama at sea, this race has captured worldwide attention and will stop in Newport in May for the race’s only North American stopover. Fans can learn everything they need to know about the Ocean State stopover and enter their name for great giveaways. Team One Newport will host a special fashion show of boating gear and technical apparel during the show.
© Mark Bow/Volvo Ocean Race
FUN FOR YOUNG BOATERS
Young boaters will find hands-on fun at the new Youth Boat Build area, sponsored by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation. Students from marine-trades programs at Chariho Career & Technical Center and Warwick Area Career & Technical Center will build an 11.5-foot wooden skiff at the show; students from the Tiverton High School program will help all ages build boats for fan-powered sailing; and FabNewport will bring a mini-FabLab to the show.
WASHINGTON TRUST SHOW PAVILION
Sponsored by the largest state-chartered bank headquartered in Rhode Island, the Pavilion is a center stage with revolving special events with local experts. Top chefs from Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar (Providence), Midtown Oyster Bar (Newport), Bristol Oyster Bar, and Blaze Restaurant (Providence) will demonstrate sea-to-table cuisine; local authors Kevin Saulnier, whose Bart and the Compass Rose is set on Block Island, and Michael Tougias, whose books
Rescue of the Bounty and The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue, which will be released later this year as a major motion picture from Disney, will talk about their riveting sea tales; offshore sailors Regina Krieger, a contender in the 2015/16 Clipper Round the World Race, and the Mouligne family of Bristol, who took a sabbatical from land life to sail transatlantic together, will entertain showgoers about the possibilities for adventure afloat.
The 22nd Annual Providence Boat Show is sponsored by The Washington Trust Company, New England Boating, Tasca Automotive Group, Safe/Sea, Starkweather & Shepley, Helly Hansen, Coastal Angler magazine Rhode Island, and Verizon.
The Providence Boat Show takes place January 23-25 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Show hours are: Friday (10am - 9pm), Saturday (10am – 8pm) and Sunday (10 am – 5pm).
For more details on the show and to purchase tickets online, visit the show’s website at www.providenceboatshow.com.