The Ocean Race makes its only North American stopover in Newport, RI this spring. This free 9-day festival (May 11 – 21 at Fort Adams State Park) is hosted by Sail Newport, The State of Rhode Island, and 11th Hour Racing. Race boats are expected to arrive in Newport from Itajai, Brazil on or close to May 10.
The “Ocean Live Park” is accessible to the public every day. Visitors can see the race boats up close at the dock, learn about the global race, and see the oceans of the world through the eyes of the crews. The Ocean Live Park includes activities for all ages. Guests can tour team bases; Try Sailing! onboard a Sail Newport J/22, participate in an immersive interactive ocean exhibit on ocean stewardship, and enjoy music, food, children’s activities, special events, entertainment, and cocktail cafes.
The In-port racing is a thrilling spectator opportunity off the shore of Fort Adams State Park. Racing takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 18, 19 and 20. On Sunday, May 21, a send-off ceremony includes a dock-out show, a sailor parade, and entertainment. At 2:00 pm, the fleet will take a “goodbye” sail in the bay before the transatlantic race leg start to Aarhus, Denmark.
The Ocean Race aims to be the first climate-positive international sporting event. Organizers aim to support this goal by being a zero-waste event with a minimal carbon footprint. Educational opportunities will highlight climate solutions, restoration, and blue technology, with learning activities for all ages. The Newport Stopover will showcase the intersection of sailing and sustainability as led by its co-host and partner, 11th Hour Racing. For more information, visit theoceanracenewport.com. ■