Newport International Boat Show announces new education series courses

Newport Exhibition Group has announced the course lineup for its new education series at the Sept. 14 to Sept. 16 Newport International Boat Show.

This year’s education opportunities include Confident Captain’s At The Helm instruction program and the CruiserPort University seminar series presented by PassageMaker, Sail, Soundings and Power & Motoryacht.

In addition, ticket holders will also have the opportunity to tour the 200-foot educational Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry at no additional charge.

The ship will be docked at Perry Mill Wharf for tours and staff will be on-hand to answer questions.

“Our guests have the opportunity to attend seminars presented by top-notch speakers who are well-known around the world,” said Nancy Piffard, show director at Newport Exhibition Group.

Confident Captain’s At The Helm courses include: Become a Power-Boater, Powerboat Docking and Maneuvering, Advanced Outboard Handling, Just Go Sailing! and Advanced Sailboat Handling and Trim (Including Spinnaker Sailing).


CruiserPort University will include a number of seminars by world-renowned speakers.

Author and researcher Nigel Calder will present Troubleshooting and Repairing Diesel Engines Underway and Troubleshooting and Repairing Systems Underway. Chris Parker will discuss Offshore Weather.

Capt. John Clayman will present Characteristics of Offshore Boats, Sail and Power and Storm Tactics: Power & Sail.

Bob Sweet will speak on Old School Navigation. Capt. John Clayman and Ryan Gettler will present To Bermuda, the Caribbean and Beyond. Eric Kunz and Bob Sweet will discuss Radar and Electronic Navigation. Capt. Bob Arrington, Brian Kinsella and Ben Sprague will discuss Survival at Sea. Eric Kunz will cover Troubleshooting Electronics at Sea.

There will also be a presentation entitled, First Aid & Emergency Preparedness at Sea with a DAN Medical Services instructor.

Seminars will take place at the Newport Blues Café across the street from the boat show entrance.

For more information on the 2017 Newport International Boat Show, please visit

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