The only North American stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 will be in Newport, RI from May 5-17, 2015. Fort Adams State Park is the site of the Volvo Ocean Race Village, with events organized and hosted by our friends at Sail Newport.
Monday, May 5: Race Village Opens
With free public access, the Race Village will feature dozens of interactive displays, sponsor pavilions, team bases, bars and food vendors.
Monday, May 5 - Thursday, May 15: Sailing Festival
As teams arrive in Newport, Sail Newport will host public “try sailing” opportunities, youth regattas, and high performance one-design racing featuring everything from foiling Moths to Marstrom 32 catamarans. The Race Village is open daily.
Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9: Concert Series
Newport Yachting Center will host internationally famous acts on big stage in downtown Newport.
Thursday, May 14 & Friday, May 15: Pro-Am Races
Sponsors, VIPs and lucky guests will mix it up with the race teams on the racecourse off Fort Adams.
Friday, May 15: Prize Giving
The winner of Leg 6, from Itajai, Brazil to Newport, RI, will receive their prize at the Race Village.
Saturday, May 16: Newport In-Port Race
The teams will duke it out on a stadium-style course on Narragansett Bay, with prime shoreside viewing from Fort Adams followed by a prize giving on the stage.
Sunday, May 17: Leg 7 Start
Following an on-the-water festival, the fleet departs for a transatlantic passage to Lisbon, Portugal, with viewing from the shoreline at Fort Adams.
This two-week festival will be the highlight of the summer. In an interview with Sailing World Editor Dave Reed, Sail Newport Director Brad Read, leader of the Newport Stopover, enthused, “The entire City of Newport and the State of Rhode Island will be the race village. It’s going to be unreal!” For more information, visit volvooceanracenewport.com.