The Narragansett Bay Classic Yacht Rendezvous, a combination of the Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta and the Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta, returns August 23rd to the 26th to celebrate classic yachts, both power and sail, and the importance of the craft associated to the history, heritage and their restoration.

On Thursday, August 23rd the Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta commences in Newport, Rhode Island with a race from Newport to Bristol. Following this, yachts will race within the vicinity of Upper Narragansett Bay before competing in the second distance race from Bristol to Newport marking the start of the Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta on August 25th.

One of the many highlights of the four-day event is the traditional Classic Yacht Parade for both sail and motor boats which will take place at 10:15 am on Sunday, August 26th. The parade is open to the public and for the best experience members of the public should visit Gurney’s Resort and Marina where they’ll not only get the best view but also hear the extraordinary history of the boats through commentary from William Crisp and Andy Green. “We are excited to participate in such a quintessential sailing event as it reaches its 39th year in Newport,” said George Filopoulos, President of Gurney’s Resorts in a press release on Monday. “We look forward to welcoming four exciting days of racing, and having new and returning guests alike join us for onshore festivities throughout the week.”

If members of the public are unable to make it to Gurney’s Resort and Marina they’ll be able to view from the following vantage points: IYRS marina, Bowen’s Wharf, Bannister’s Wharf, the Newport Yachting Center dock, King’s Park Pier and the Sail Newport Waterfront Center at Fort Adams. The yachts will be vying to win the coveted Classic Yacht Parade awards including Best Sail, Best Power, Most Patriotic and Best Costumes.

The public is invited to enjoy Newport Harbor and the timeless beauty of the classic yachts on display in the IYRS marina at the Welcome Cocktail Party on Saturday, August 25 from 6:00-9: 00 PM at IYRS in Newport with entertainment by the Honky Tonk Knights.

Event Schedule – All Events arOpen to the Public:

Thursday, August 23rd
12 – 4p: Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta – Distance Race Newport-Bristol
6 – 9p: Welcome Cocktail Party and Living Boat Show at Herreshoff Marine Museum

Friday, August 24th
12 – 4p: Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta – Upper Narragansett Bay
6 – 9:30p: Awards Dinner at Herreshoff Marine Museum

Saturday, August 25th
12 – 4p: Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta Presented by IYRS Racing – Distance Race Bristol-Newport
6 – 9p: Cocktail Party at IYRS (open to the general public)

Sunday, August 26th
10:15a: Classic Yacht Parade Classic Yachts Power & Sail are invited, Gurney’s Resort and Marina represents the best viewing but multiple viewing locations throughout Newport Harbor are available.
12 – 4p: Predicted Log: Classic Power Yachts are invited to partake in the first annual Predicted Log Race
12 – 4p: Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta presented by IYRS Racing – Lower Narragansett Bay
6 – 7:30p: Cocktails at IYRS
7:30 – 9:30p: Awards Dinner at IYRS

About The Narragansett Bay Classic Yacht Rendezvous

The Narragansett Bay Classic Yacht Rendezvous is the combination of two prestigious Classic Yacht Regattas based on Narragansett Bay. Joining for the first time the Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta and the Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta Presented by IYRS form the last two remaining events within the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge. Over the course of the regatta four days of racing will take place on both lower and upper Narragansett Bay. Racing will be interspersed with social events and the ever-popular Classic Yacht Parade.