Meet Rome Kirby, America’s Cup Winner with Team Oracle, both Friday and Saturday
Come to the Show Pavilion at 5 pm on Friday night to help us honor Newport native Rome Kirby, winner of the America’s Cup with Team with the RIMTA Boater of the Year Award. Rome will also be at the show on Saturday, from 12 noon to 2 pm, at the H20 Zone and the “Boats Work for Rhode Island” activity areas. And if you have young sailors in tow, make sure you bring them along.
Be There When the Friday Night Kick-Off Starts at 6pm
At 6 pm on Friday night, several exhibitors will start the celebration by hosting some tailgating at their booths. Then at 7 pm, the First Annual Providence Boat Show Kick-Off Party will begin.
Get Inspired at the H20 Zone
The H20 Zone is the go-to area of the show for those who want to get out on the water and have fun in small boats—whatever your age, your boating style, or your ability level is. Head to the Zone to see boats, meet experts, learn, and watch video of watercraft in action. Brought to you by Rhode Island’s leading small-boat manufacturers Zim Sailing and LaserPerformance, community-boating organizations Sail Newport and the Community Boating Center of Providence, and The Boat Locker.
Shop Boats, Shop Careers at the “Boats Work For Rhode Island” Career Activity Areas
Stop by the and see the “Boats Work for Rhode Island” career activity areas to meet High School boat-builders and talk to the trade schools that train many of Rhode Island’s finest craftsmen. The “Boats Work for Rhode Island” areas are sponsored by Jamestown Distributors.
Navigation & Seamanship Series - Learn More, Enjoy More
This year, the Providence Boat Show has launched a new seminar series on Navigation & Seamanship. Captain John Martino of the Annapolis School of Seamanship has coordinated sessions on topics for a wide cross-section of boaters, and he has worked with Rhode Island outfits Confident Captain, Safe/Sea, and Captain Frank “Skip” Litterer of Boatwise Marine Training to develop the series.
Captain Jack is Back With New Fishing Seminars and Sea-To-Table Chef Demonstrations
Captain Jack Sprengel of East Coast Charters and his crew of expert are back this year, but this time he has outdone himself with a new series of fishing seminars and some special sea-to-table chef demonstrations that you won’t want to miss.
Building R.I.’S Tall Ship – The Story of the Building of the Oliver Hazard Perry; Sunday, February 2nd, 12:30pm, Show Pavilion
Come to the Show Pavilion on Sunday afternoon to hear a Cinderella story about a boat. Not just any boat: the historic Rhode Island Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry that, once launched, will become the first ocean-going, fully-rigged ship built in the United States in 110 years.
An Incredible Sea Tale – Author John Fulweiler on A Swim: The Rhode Islander Who Refused to Drown; Sunday, February 2nd, 1:15pm, Show Pavilion
Come hear John Fulweiler, author of A Swim: The Rhode Islander Who Refused to Drown, tell the sea story of Joe Gross—a 51-year-old who fell overboard while returning from Block Island and swam alone in the Atlantic Ocean for 11 hours without floatation before being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Great Giveaways Every Day at the Show
The Providence Boat Show has some great giveaways. For starters, how about three days in the Caribbean sun of Antigua at Sugar Ridge, a luxury boutique resort nestled into a hillside of lush foliage overlooking Jolly Bay? Check out the list of great giveaways.