Show Attractions

This year’s Show is a festival of boating, sailing and fishing fun for all the family! Brand new attractions include a Volvo Ocean Race feature, with live feeds from the boats; a “Boat Buyers Boot Camp” that will inspire budding boaters to take the next step; a daily Fashion Show presented by Team One Newport; Sailing Seminars, presented by Sail America; “Reel Island,” a dedicated fishing section featuring, seminars, Casting Kids and fishing displays; “The Sailing Center,” a new dedicated sailing section, featuring sailboats up to 40ft; and “ArtSEA,” a beautiful collection of art inspired by the sea.

Popular returning attractions include the “Show Pavilion,” “Sea-to-Table” cooking demonstrations, and the Seamanship, Navigation and Sports Fishing seminars.

Join us for three days of fun-filled activities.

Volvo Ocean Race

In May 2015, Newport will catch Volvo Ocean Race fever when a fleet of 65-foot ocean racers make their way to Newport for the only U.S. stopover of this round-the-world marathon. Once the fleet arrives, the city will be teeming with the world’s top offshore racers, their shore crews, race fans, and a fleet of colorful ocean greyhounds that are built for the “life at the extreme.” The Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover will be featured at the 2015 Providence Boat Show. Learn more about this amazing event, meet the team managing the U.S. stopover, see incredible footage of the race, and even find out ways to become involved with the stopover in May. After the success of the America’s Cup World Series in 2012, Newport will once again be rolling out the red carpet.


There is no better place to learn about boating, fishing or sailing than at the Providence Boat Show. Experts from across the country will be at the show to help you gain the knowledge you need to get the most out of your time on the water. So whether you are a family shopping for your first boat, a tournament angler looking for an edge, or an experienced cruiser planning your first offshore voyage, the comprehensive range of seminars will help you get to where you want to go. Meet experienced captains from the Annapolis School of Seamanship and other leading schools in our Seamanship seminars. Captain Jack Sprengel of Rhode Island-based East Coast Charters is back, and is joined by an entire team of fishing experts. And new for 2015, Sail America will be launching a new sailing seminar series.

The Sailing Center

Look at the ranks of the top sailors in the world and you’ll see that Rhode Island has an outsize population of championship sailors. The Ocean State is the place to be if you want to learn how to travel by wind power alone and experience grand-prix sailing events. Come to the new Sailing Center to learn about the sport, see sailboats, and absorb some of that wealth of local knowledge that lives in the Ocean State. Whether you’re looking for a small stable dinghy for your kids, or a high-performance racer for yourself, or your first coastal cruiser as your ticket to adventure afloat, the new Sailing Center will be the gateway to your sailing goals and dreams. And don’t forget to check out the Volvo Ocean Race during the show--then plan a trip to Newport next May when the round-the-world marathon arrives in Rhode Island.


Want to learn how the top chefs in the region prepare their catch? Plan to attend at least one of our special sea-to-table events during your visit to the Providence Boat Show. This year, Chef Max Peterson of Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar in Providence joins our line-up of top chefs. Peterson has cooked from coast to coast in the kitchens of leading restaurants—from Seattle to New England—and dining on the seafood served at Hemenway’s is one of the best reasons to make a detour to Providence. So if you love eating seafood, plan to work some sea-to-table time into your boat show schedule. But plan early: these events are ultra-popular and typically play to a standing-room-only crowd. We’ll also be serving oysters and Bloody Mary’s on Sunday morning. See you then!

Show Pavilion

The Providence Boat Show has a center stage: it’s called the Show Pavilion. This area is the go-to hub of the show. It’s your waypoint if you want to meet star personalities, learn from experts, and enjoy a full slate of special events that run throughout the three days of the boat show. This year, sea-to-table demonstrations will be featured at the Pavilion as well as fun, hands-on activities for the entire family. You can also attend sessions on hot topics for today’s boaters--such as a presentation by Andrew Dew of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, on piracy on the high seas. And how about meeting a woman who transformed her career in corporate America into a pursuit for a bold new sailing adventure? Come to the Pavilion to meet Regina Krieger, who will participate in the 2015/16 Clipper Round the World Race.

Youth Boat Build

One of the key elements that makes Rhode Island a global leader in the marine trades is its well-trained workforce, which is made up of individuals who have the skills and passion to work around boats. But how do they get trained, and how to they build a career out of working on the water? Stop by our Youth Boat Build to find out. You’ll meet students from marine-trades programs at Chariho Career & Technical Center and Warwick Area Career & Technical Center who will do a live boat-build during the show. Students from Tiverton High School will also attend, to showcase their latest projects. IYRS, the School of Technology and Trades, will be at the show to give you insight into how you can turn your passion for boats into a career through their world-renown programs in Boatbuilding & Restoration, Composites Technology, and Marine Systems. The Youth Boat Build will also feature hands-on fun for all ages.


If you love being on the water, you are no doubt inspired by the beauty you see all around you, every time you step on board: sunset views, water landscapes, scenic harbors, and even artfully constructed seashells. This year, the Providence Boat show is celebrating those water views and maritime subjects with a brand-new feature of the show: the ArtSEA Gallery. A group of artists from throughout New England are bringing their work to the show to celebrate the art that boaters see all around them. So make the ArtSEA Gallery one of your must-see stops at this year’s show: you’ll see paintings, photography, jewelry, and even wearable art in this new display that is meant to be both fun and inspiring.

Reel Island

If you are a fishing enthusiast, make our new Reel Island your first waypoint at this year’s Providence Boat Show. This brand-new feature of the show makes it easy for you to pursue your biggest passion. Stop by Reel Island to catch our series of Sport Fishing Seminars coordinated by Captain Jack Sprengel of East Coast Charters, where local anglers and experts will teach you about the technique and equipment that will net you more enjoyment on the water. Reel Island will also feature our fishing-related exhibitors, all in one area. And to get your young anglers excited about the sport, Casting Kids will be at the show to give those new enthusiasts some fun pointers and instruction so they are excited to join you on the water next summer.

Fashion Forward

Want to know how to be fashion forward on the water? Come to the Providence Boat Show and attend our new Fashion Show to find out! The collection of clothing and apparel has been chosen by one of the top experts in on-the-water fashion: Team One Newport. People who spend their careers on the water go to Team One to learn about the best clothes for the job. You’ll learn about what to wear to keep you cool and stylish on a hot summer day as well as the gear you need to keep you warm and dry in the most extreme conditions. Team One stays on top of the latest developments in design and fabric technology, so you’ll see a lot of great apparel and learn about the clothing that will perform the way you need it to--all while keeping you fashion forward on the water.