Apply Now for the Newport For New Products Awards

Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, is accepting applications for its 2019 Newport For New Products (NFNP) Awards Program.

The program, now in its 14th year, is open to domestic and foreign products launched after April 1, 2019, that will make their official boat show debut at Newport. Foreign boats and products that have been shown and sold outside the U.S. are still eligible.

Judged by a team of marine industry experts on the value to the consumer, design and innovation, NFNP winners will be selected for best new powerboat, sailboat and multihull; best new navigation product; and best new product for boat operation, maintenance and safety. All products accepted into the NFNP program will be eligible for the “Green” award. One winner will be chosen for “Best Green Boat” and one for “Best Green Product” based on the environmental benefits and features of the entry. For 2019, the show has also added a new field to the ‘new product’ category. Applications will be accepted for Weather Gear (wearable). This includes apparel and gear intended for racing, cruising and offshore sailing. For example: jackets, bibs, base layers, survival suits, gloves, boots and hats.

Winners will be announced on September 13 at the Exhibitor Awards/Press Breakfast. In addition, attendees present on opening day will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite new boat as part of the ‘People’s Choice Award.’ One voter will be selected randomly and receive a $250 American Express gift card.

All submissions for NFNP must be received by June 15. Full instructions and applications are available on the Exhibitor Portal, or by emailing: npiffard@newportexhibition.com.

The Newport International Boat Show will take place September 12 to 15 on the Newport Waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island.