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Yacht Hop in Newport Harbor: The Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser

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Newport hosts some of the most scrumptious sailing vessels of the summer – sleek racing sailboats, large motor yachts the size of floating homes and America’s Cup J boats and 12 meters, to name a few.


A selection of these nautical examples of “bling” graciously partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County for a “Yacht Hop” which resulted in a wildly successful fundraiser for our 60 year old charity. Near and dear to Newporter’s hearts, the Club (2 locations and a 95 acre summer camp) is an institution that is as important to the quality of life we all share here as are the ocean waters, green landscapes, obliging weather and our long history.


Not being a “yachtie” myself, I revelled in the chance to tour this eye candy up close and personal (don’t forget to kick your shoes off first.)


One in particular, S/Y GLORIA  (S/Y stands for super yacht,) inspired so many clicks on my cell phone camera that my battery ran out; for starters, she’s a 126′ long schooner, built in the 1980s in the classic style (think Errol Flynn.)The crew are a textbook case in carrying out a theme effectively; here, 007. Being a Bond girl myself, I was completely smitten. They even had  commissioned a dee-lish (and pretty) cocktail,” Casino Royale” (note to self…put on speed dial.)


I have to confess that at first I thought the men with shoulder holsters were actually the boat’s security team.


CocktailsCasino Royale

Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Fresh Lemon Juice
Simple Syrup



And did I remember to mention that this beauty is owned by Pete Townsend of “The Who”? Just her sleeping and bathing accommodations prompted a double take.  I’m betting you’ll share my reaction, so sit back and enjoy.

Yacht - Kent Russel

The grand salon, with paneled walls and ceilings, included a mock fireplace and flat screen television; that night it also had not one, but two treasures on display – an original Matisse and an autographed electric guitar by Adam Levine (of the band Maroon Five and TV show, The Voice) to be auctioned that evening.

Continuing the 007 theme, the yacht’s dining room was set up as a  gambling area.


The master stateroom…can you believe you’re on a sailboat (albeit a 126′ schooner?)

Master Bedroom

Really! We’re on a sailboat? (don’t miss the marbled shower with 22-karat gold-plated fixtures.)


Back topside, I had to skoot over to my other favorite sailboat, S/YMETEOR, resting in the slip next to Gloria. Dan Meyer’s handsome vessel is a study in functional details that give new meaning to shipshape, but this is how it’s done by true sailors – the wood is beautifully varnished; the lines are tied up “just so,” the chrome couldn’t shine any brighter.

Too soon, they shooed us off to the fundraiser, where the auction bidding was lively, the band hot and the evening temp just cool enough. Lady Lola (her own “City by the Sea”) looked on as we headed for our last gangplank of the evening.


Do come visit next summer for this super fundraiser!

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

2 thoughts on “Yacht Hop in Newport Harbor: The Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser

  1. Dear Bettie i enjoyed a splendid weekend at my first coaching event. Every part of this particular weekend was majestic; from the magnificent horses and beautifully appointed carriages to those superbly groomed folks driving the horses over the stunning views of the ocean and ending up back at the Marble House . I have so many wonderful photos; viewed them again this AM.
    I would love to be part of the lecture @ Carnegie on October 6th. Is there ant extra tickets to be purchased for this event; or, is this event sold out?

    Well as I told you earlier this summer I love your blogs. I met you a few years ago at the Cushings; I have never forgotten that memorable meeting Hapoy Monday Mary J Kakas

    1. Hello again, Mary, always so nice to hear from you. The Carnegie event is a private event and no tickets are being sold. We’ll find another time for you to attend one of my lectures. Best, Bettie

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