NEWPORT, R.I. (May 11, 2015) - The opening weekend of the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover drew more than 28,000 visitors to the Race Village at Fort Adams State Park.
The past weekend drew a combined 28,712 visitors. Since the Race Village opened on Tuesday, May 5, a total of 48,360 people have visited.
© Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
"These numbers are beyond our expectations and even more impressive since the race crews had the weekend off," said Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport and director of the stopover. "We're looking forward to similarly large crowds at the end of this week, when we'll have four consecutive days of racing on Narragansett Bay, capped by the start of Leg 7 on Sunday."
The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover is the only North American stop of the global race and the first time that the race has visited Newport, R.I.
© Dan Nerney
The past weekend's crowds were due in part to Saturday's opening of the Exploration Zone, a marine-themed educational experience with 22 interactive exhibits. Sunday's activities included the celebration of Mother's Day, such as a special yoga session. Other activities for kids included bumper boats, a bubble soccer tournament, and face painting.
Visitors could also view the Volvo Ocean 65 race boats, both in the water and a unique cross-section onshore. Guests also toured Rhode Island's official educational vessel, the Oliver Hazard Perry.
The coming week sees the focus of the stopover return to the water while the many shore side family activities continue. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12-13, features the MetLife Combat Wounded and Injured Veterans Regatta, with 14 veterans crewing for skippers of the Volvo Ocean Race.
On Thursday, May 14, The Volvo Ocean Racing crews return to the water for a day of practice racing and the first Pro-Am Race. Friday the crews will participate in two more Pro-Am races. The Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race Newport is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. The Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7 start to Portugal is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, with a dock-out show, parade and local ceremonial send-off starting at 12 noon.
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