Are you ready for some awesome oceanfront action? Regardless of your affiliation to power or sailboats, a visit to the Newport Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, opening this coming Tuesday, on May 8th, is a “must” for anyone within day-trip distance to Newport, RI. With the earliest boats predicted to arrive around May 8th, the opening day of the race village is bound to be action-packed. The village is currently under construction and it won’t take long before it resembles the mini yachting city which will again take over Fort Adams for 12 days, until the boats sail off for Leg 8, a Transatlantic crossing on May 20th. While in port, there is lots to see and do at the Race Village.
Here are a few helpful links for planning a day at the Race Village. And rest assured – it’s worth getting down to see this impressive mobile village. In fact, this VOR village came from Auckland, NZ where it was broken down after the boats left for Itajai, Brazil. The Village skipped Itajai though, and instead headed straight for Newport to make it and be set up in time for the arrival of the boats in Newport. So you might have guessed (Or known from our last love fest with the Volvo race in 2015) that the VOR has 2 villages which leapfrog each other around the world. Pretty neat and NOT a small operation or undertaking once the containers arrive.
You can check out the village starting next week. Be sure to stop down for some of the scheduled activities and for sure check them out on the water if you can, when they sail into town sometime next Tuesday and Wednesday (best guess as of now). It is exciting to greet the fleet on the water and last time there was quite an armada of local boats out there to welcome the sailors. It makes quite an impression on the race and on the sailors to have a great welcoming fleet – so launch and get out there if you’re able to!
May 19th – 2pm – In Port Race
May 20th – 2pm – Leg Start to Cardiff
And one last thing – Wishing our 2 TotalBoat Ambassadors aboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing great luck as they approach their home port. Charlie Enright and Nick Dana are sailing into the home waters that they were raised sailing in and around – and we can’t wait to welcome them! Go BlueBoat!