NEW­PORT YACHT REN­DEZVOUS

The gala raised more than $250,000 for the Boys & girls club of new­port county.

Yachts International - - Making Waves - —An­drew Parkin­son

The an­nual yacht ren­dezvous and din­ner to ben­e­fit the Boys & Girls Club of New­port County in Rhode Is­land raised in ex­cess of $250,000. The event, held at New­port Ship­yard on Au­gust 11, in­cluded seven yachts rang­ing in length from 48 feet to 115 feet. Guests sipped cock­tails and sam­pled hors d’oeu­vres aboard the yachts be­fore re­tir­ing to a seated din­ner un­der a dock­side tent dec­o­rated with mar­ket lights. The or­ga­niz­ers showed a video from Boys & Girls Club mem­bers, and the Fat City Band pro­vided mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment. Rus­sell Morin Ca­ter­ing & Events pro­vided a mul­ti­course din­ner. Live and silent auc­tions, along with a spe­cial re­quest in sup­port of the club’s play­ground and recre­ation pro­grams, rounded out the evening. Dea­con John Sil­via was the auc­tion­eer. Eli and Lau­ren Dana (event chairs), BGC board mem­bers and Kristin Reed (board pres­i­dent) lead the ef­forts.

Event spon­sors in­cluded New­port Ship­yard and Yachts in­ter­na­tional/ AIM Marine Group, PEAK Event Ser­vices, Paolino Prop­er­ties, New­port Hospi­tal, Cox Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and The new­port Daily news. Also pro­vid­ing ser­vices and as­sis­tance were Ex­quis­ite Events, Jen­nifer Saia of B&B Yacht Char­ters, Veron­ica Brown of New­port Ship­yard and Sue Gearan from Carol Kent Yacht Char­ters, who helped se­cure par­tic­i­pat­ing yachts. Other ven­dors in­cluded C&S Por­ta­ble Re­strooms, The Cock­tail Guru, Ex­quis­ite Events De­tails & Dé­cor, John Or­ton Flow­ers and Events, Katlem De­sign, Keel Vodka, Land­scapes to Go, Har­poon Brew­ery/Har­poon Helps, New­port Tent Com­pany, NLM Photo, PEAK Rental Ser­vices, The Valet Con­nec­tion, Sayles Livingston De­sign, Off the Vine and Cas­tle Brands. bgc­new­port.org

So you bought a boat. Well done. You’re now a card-car­ry­ing mem­ber of a dis­tin­guished club of like-minded in­di­vid­u­als who share a pas­sion for two things: en­joy­ment of life on the wa­ter, and throw­ing their hard-earned money into an enor­mous new hole in it.

Now what? Hope­fully, you’ll drop the lines and get on the wa­ter as of­ten as you can. Maybe you’ll plug in to a new so­cial scene and join a yacht club or a lo­cal cruis­ing club. Or maybe you’re one of the more for­tu­nate new yacht own­ers whose bro­ker­age ar­ranges reg­u­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties where you can do all of the above.

This sum­mer, Deni­son Yacht­ing’s 6th An­nual Bimini Ren­dezvous was a fun-filled, sun-filled re­treat for yacht own­ers and fam­i­lies, as a flotilla of 16 boats car­ry­ing more than 80 guests cruised to Re­sorts World Bimini for a week­end of fes­tiv­i­ties. High­lights in­cluded a Ba­hamian Junkanoo cel­e­bra­tion; a day cruise to the Sapona ship­wreck and Hon­ey­moon Har­bour; a beach bar­be­cue with Olympic-style games; a fish­ing tour­na­ment; a seafood cook­ing demon­stra­tion and tast­ing by lo­cal celebrity chef Chad Thilborger; and a seafood fes­ti­val and awards din­ner with lo­cally caught fare.

Cos­tumes and karaoke ruled the night at a “Rock of Ages” party with prizes for best cos­tume, best rock at­ti­tude and best per­for­mance. In the fish­ing tour­na­ment,

Nauti But Nice won for big­gest catch, while Tango took most fish caught. The most cov­eted prize of the week­end, the top cruiser award, was a tie be­tween Some­day Came and 5 O’Clock Some­where.

“Ren­dezvous are great op­por­tu­ni­ties for us to con­nect with our clients away from the blitz of a boat show or open house,” said Bob Deni­son, pres­i­dent of Deni­son Yacht­ing. “Bring­ing peo­ple to­gether—on their boats, on our boats, in and out of the wa­ter—it’s one of the things I re­ally love about boat­ing. Bimini is a great place for this to hap­pen. Lots of blue wa­ter. Lots of marine life. Lots of great places to es­cape to. But more im­por­tantly, this event em­pha­sized to all of us that hav­ing fun in beau­ti­ful places and with won­der­ful peo­ple is truly what makes boat­ing so en­joy­able.”

Yachts In­ter­na­tional was the me­dia part­ner of this year’s ren­dezvous. Spon­sors in­cluded All Oceans Clos­ings, Beneteau, Boat­yard, GJ Aragon Fi­nan­cial, Gre­gory Poole, Hat­teras Yachts, Ibe­ri­aBank, Mount Gay Rum, New­coast Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, Rémy Coin­treau, Re­sorts World Bimini, Se­abob, Stock Is­land Ma­rina, Tropic Ocean Air­ways and Westrec Mari­nas.

Top To boT­Tom: Boys & Girls Club of New­port mem­bers aboard the yacht Our Her­itage; De­siree and Bryan Har­ris.

right: Tom Eber­hardt and Sta­cie Mills. be­low, clock­wise: David and Kim Her­rlinger; John and Julie Jarvie; Lorie and Tim Burns; Event chairs Lau­ren and Eli Dana.

above: Own­ers and their fam­i­lies re­lax and en­joy the best of Hon­ey­moon Har­bour, both on and off their yachts.

The Deni­son flotilla rolls into Bimini for the week­end’s fes­tiv­i­ties. right, top to bot­tom: Friendly com­pe­ti­tion at tug-of-war in the beach Olympics; Own­ers dressed to the oc­ca­sion for the Rock of Ages cos­tume party, which in­cluded a sur­prise guest per­for­mance by Rod Ste­wart (or was it?); Lo­cally pro­cured conch ce­viche at the seafood fes­ti­val and awards din­ner; Guests en­joyed an au­then­tic Ba­hamian Junkanoo cel­e­bra­tion.

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