July 02 2012
Sales and charter broker, Pam Barlow of Luke Brown Yachts, just returned from the annual spring Newport Charter Yacht Show. Now under new management, this year’s show had a total of 25 yachts, both sail and power, ranging in size from 45’ to 157’. Yachts and crews were very well presented. In addition to two roving cocktail parties, many of the yachts hosted luncheons aboard, completed in the chef’s culinary competition, and took part in a chowder contest (won by a young Texan who’d never made chowder before). The caliber of the food was equal, if not better, than that of many of the finest restaurants.
Early each morning seminars were held both for brokers and crews. Some of the topics covered were: “Entering U.S. waters”, “Where to go and what to do in New England”, and “STCW changes impacting crew”. A full morning seminar, sponsored by the American Yacht Charter Association, had very useful information on the MARAD Small vessel waiver program and small yacht charters in U.S. waters.
Newport was bustling – both yards and marinas in the area were full. Yachts from all over the world, many from Florida and the Caribbean, were gearing up for their summer seasons. Some were there for the America’s Cup event held in June as part of the AC45 America’s Cup World Series. What a spectacular sight to see, an AC 45 tacking in and out of a packed Newport Harbor, flying a hull in 12-knots of breeze on a beautiful, hot, summer day in New England. Yes, 90° but a “breath of fresh air”.
Pam has been active in the marine industry for the past 40 years. She has been a broker with Luke Brown Yachts since 1990.