Show Attractions

Notice- Content below reflects the 2015 Providence Boat Show. We are currently updating content to reflect the 2016 show. Please check back soon for updated info!

This year’s Providence Boat Show is a festival of boating, sailing and fishing fun for the entire family! Whether you’re a tournament angler, an offshore sailor, an avid power-boater, or just getting started in boating, you’ll find everything you need to feed your interests at this year’s show.

Visit the Volvo Ocean Race feature to learn about this ultra-rugged global sailing marathon that comes to Rhode Island this spring. Take a tour of Reel Island or the Sailing Center to see the latest in boats and gear for fishing enthusiasts and sailors. See beautiful art that is inspired by the sea at our brand-new ArtSEA Gallery. Watch the region’s leading chefs prepare delicious sea-to-table meals. And don’t forget to check out our seminars: three days of free education and new Premium Seminars for more one-on-one time with experts to net you more enjoyment on the water this summer.

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, and make plans to return to Rhode Island in May to meet the fleet. After the success of the America’s Cup World Series in 2012, Newport will once again be rolling out the red carpet.

Washington Trust Show Pavilion

The Washington Trust Show Pavilion is the boat show’s center stage. Sponsored by Washington Trust, the largest state-chartered bank headquartered in Rhode Island and one of the premier financial institutions in the region, the Pavilion is the go-to hub of the show where you’ll meet star personalities, learn from experts, and enjoy a full slate of special events. Get a seat at the table for the sea-to-table demos with the region’s leading chefs, take part in fun hands-on activities for the entire family, and attend sessions on hot topics for today’s boaters. The Pavilion will also feature a video wall—so you’ll be entertained by some of the hottest boating action seen on this side of the Atlantic.

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New England Boating Experience

Learn about all the ways you can go boating in our region—from simple and affordable, to high-speed and high-tech—at the New England Boating Experience. Thanks to New England Boating, owners and producers of the NESN television show and magazine, it’s all coming your way at this new section of the show. Think sailing is just for water? Learn about wind-powered skiing with a Kitewing sail. Visit with the Providence Community Boating Center to learn how easy it is to get on the water. Check out all the latest gear from Helly Hansen. Surf on dry land with instructors from FloorTime Studios, or talk to the small-boat experts at Laser Performance and Zim Sailing. There is even a backdrop for free photo fun. Surf a big wave or set sail with a Volvo Ocean Race team —then share your photos with all your Facebook friends.

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Yacht Club Challenge

You don’t have to be the fastest or most skilled competitor to win the First-Annual Providence Boat Show Yacht Club Challenge. You just have to show up en masse, with all your fellow club members. The club that brings the largest group of members and their club burgee to the show for a photo opp in front of our New England Experience green screen will take the prize: a case of Keel Vodka for your club, a gift certificate for a $200 pizza party, a custom-made carbon-fiber perpetual trophy, and a specialty drink from Keel named in honor of your yacht club! Clubs that register for the Yacht Club Challenge will receive 10 complimentary tickets and a special 50% discount ticket link so their members can save money on show admission. Are you in?

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Sea to Table

Come to The Washington Trust Show Pavilion to learn how the top chefs in the region prepare their catch. This year, you will learn from chefs from Hemenway’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar in Providence, Newport’s Midtown Oyster Bar, Bristol Oyster Bar, and Blaze Restaurant in Providence. Each chef will show you their favorite way to prepare your catch. Back by popular demand is a special two-part event where you can learn how to fillet your catch, then get a lesson in preparing it from Chef Phyllis Affra of Blaze Restaurant. So if you love eating seafood, plan to work some sea-to-table time into your boat show schedule. But plan early: these events typically play to a standing-room-only crowd. We’ll also be serving oysters and Bloody Mary’s on Sunday morning thanks to Midtown Oyster Bar. See you then!

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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 everything maritime with a brand-new feature: the ArtSEA Gallery. You’ll see work by New England artists—from well-known names to budding artists—with photography, jewelry, and even wearable. There is something in this brand-new section of the show to fit every pocketbook. One of the world’s leading yachting photographers, Rhode Island’s own Onne van der Wal, will be signing copies of his gorgeous coffee-table book. Head to the new ArtSEA Gallery to be inspired!

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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.

The Sailing Center

Rhode Island has 400 miles of coastline, beautiful harbors, and an entire population of residents who have grown up on the water to become famous sailors. It’s clear that the Ocean State is the place to be if you want to learn how to travel by wind power alone. Come to our brand-new Sailing Center to learn about the sport, see sailboats, and tap into the wealth of sailing knowledge that lives in the Ocean State. Whether you’re looking for a simple boat you and your family can start sailing on or a cruiser as your ticket to adventure afloat, the new Sailing Center will be the gateway to your sailing goals and dreams.

Youth Boat Build

One of the elements that makes Rhode Island a global leader in the marine trades is its well-trained workforce, made up of individuals who have the skills and passion to work around boats. But how do they get trained, and how do they build a career out of working on the water? Stop by our Youth Boat Build, sponsored by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation, 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 at the show. Learn about the training programs at the New England Institute of Technology and IYRS, which are fast tracks to career paths. You’ll also find hands-on fun for all ages!