Despite a persistent blanket of clouds, rain held off and the Newport International Boat Show got off to a strong start Thursday with a solid turnout for the VIP day.
The Rhode Island show opened to a substantial turnout despite the gloomy day and, the weekend forecast was full of blue skies.
The show was expanded this year. An additional basin was opened for exhibitor boats, and all of its slips were filled.
The show opened to the general public at 10 a.m. today and will run through Sunday. Nearly 750 exhibitors displaying equipment, accessories and boats from 15 to 85 feet are along America’s Cup Avenue in downtown Newport.