Nancy Piffard, show director of the Newport International Boat Show, has held that title for 22 years. One of the show’s sales staff has been there 26 years. The partnerships coordinator, 35 years.
“We love our show,” Piffard says. “Skipping it in 2020 was very sad.”
Many yachtsmen who attend boat shows each year felt the same way during the pandemic and are thrilled this fall, as traditional boat shows return. The Newport show is back just in time for its 50th anniversary. The Norwalk Boat Show in Connecticut, a staple for 40-plus years, ran on September 23-26. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, held for more than 60 years, is set for October 27-31.
Piffard says there’s no question that boaters are most of all excited about shows returning: “Ticket sales are off the charts right now.”