Susan Maffei Plowden of Jamestown, RI was presented with the 2018 Anchor Award at the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association’s Industry Partnership Breakfast. The event was sponsored by Gowrie Group and held during the Newport International Boat Show last month.
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Maffei Plowden was recognized for her role as Newport Stopover Director for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, an event that drew over 100,000 people to Newport and its surrounding waters and generated global media attention and economic impact for Rhode Island. Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read, who has worked closely with Maffei Plowden on the two VOR Newport stopovers to date, made the award presentation. He joked that when Sail Newport agreed to host the first visit of the Volvo Ocean Race to Newport in 2015, “We didn’t know what we didn't know.”Read more
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 6:00pm Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is excited to host a multimedia presentation from Tucker Thompson about the Volvo Ocean Race.
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Tucker Thompson was the official Host of the 35th America’s Cup. He is an award-winning TV commentator, producer, and public speaker and has hosted over 1,500 sailing shows including three America’s Cups, the Volvo Ocean Race, and the World Match Racing Tour. A former champion sailor, Tucker sailed with America True during the 2000 America’s Cup in New Zealand.Read more
An interview with Leon Sefton, Head of Television for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
With millions of people all around the world following on several media, the current edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is perhaps the most viewed event in the history of yacht racing. We spoke with the man charged with delivering that content to legions of eager fans.
Onboard Reporter Martin Keruzoré films Vestas 11th Hour Racing bowman Nick Dana of Newport, RI in action during a practice race in Lisbon. © Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean RaceRead more
KINGSTON, R.I. – February 26, 2018 – The University of Rhode Island will bring the world’s premiere off-shore sailing race, the Volvo Ocean Race, to campus on March 20, 2018 through a live video broadcast with sailors as they race across the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and South America. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on URI’s Kingston campus.Read more
The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 is well underway, and this race around the world will make its only North American Stopover in Newport, Rhode Island in May. A Race Village is created in each of the 11 Host Cities (in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, South America and North America) so that fans can watch the world’s best sailors in action, and to spread the event’s message of the importance of saving our oceans.
Race fans will get an up-close look at the Volvo Ocean 65s when the fleet docks at Fort Adams in May. © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
With its global reach and elite level competition, the Volvo Ocean Race is akin to Formula 1, although Race Village visitors have much, much better opportunities to actually meet the competitors. To learn more about the Race Villages (particularly the one in Newport, Rhode Island), we spoke with Peter Ansell, the Volvo Ocean Race Operations Director, and Kim Cooper, the Marketing Director at Sail Newport and Volvo Ocean Race Newport.
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January 2, 2018 Report by Peter Rusch: Close racing marked the start of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Melbourne, Australia to Hong Kong. Overall Volvo Ocean Race leader MAPFRE was at the head of the fleet off the starting line.
Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 01 on board MAPFRE, Leg start, batle with Vestas to lead the fleet. Photo by Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race.
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December 11 Report: Cape Town provided another spectacular stopover to the Volvo Ocean Race, as the fleet raced off for Melbourne, Australia on Sunday afternoon...
Volvo Ocean Race fleet flying out of Cape Town ©Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
It was the eleventh time in the history of the event that the fleet had raced out of Cape Town, this time on a 6,500 nautical mile leg to Melbourne, Australia. The ETA is currently between the 24th and 26th of December.Read more
Next stop – Cape Town, as Dongfeng Race Team lead the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Lisbon
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Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. 05 November 2017: The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is charging into a challenging first night at sea with winds over 30-knots forecast...
Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. ©Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
Dongfeng Race Team converted a strong start into an early lead as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet embarked on Leg 2, a 7,000 nautical mile race from Lisbon to Cape Town. Conditions were perfect for the leg start, with bright blue skies, and a 15-20 knot Northerly breeze that allowed the fleet to reach up and down the Tagus River past the city front of Lisbon.Read more
The ultimate test in team sport, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts on Sunday, when seven of the best sailing teams in the world cross the starting line off Alicante, Spain.
Training, on board Vestas 11th Hour Racing. © Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race
The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will test the crews on a 45,000 nautical mile race course, through some of the most challenging waters in the world, including more miles in the extremes of the Southern Ocean.
On Friday, the seven skippers faced the international media at the opening press conference. Here’s what they said, in their own words:Read more
The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will start from Alicante, Spain this October and finish in The Hague, Netherlands in June 2018. With almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as in the previous edition, the eight competing teams will cover the longest distance in the race’s history at approximately 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and making stopovers in 12 cities on six continents.