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Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015
Estimated arrival of the boats*: May 5 - 9, 2015
Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race Newport: May 16, 2015
Download the in-port race course map (JPG 3.8mb)
Winner: MAPFRE- see full results
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Watch race in-port highlights
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Wasn’t there some other sailboat race held in Newport, Rhode Island?
I suspect that you’re thinking of the America’s Cup, which was hosted in Newport for many years by the New York Yacht Club. It departed in 1983 after a famous Australian victory, but left a legacy that makes Newport one of America’s most famous sailing towns. And now it can add a Volvo Ocean Race stopover feather to its cap.
And not hard to find?
Just land in New York and head north. Or land in Boston and head south. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the Union but bursting with mile after mile of magnificent coastline, harbours, beaches and plenty to do and see. It's situated about two-thirds of the way between those two great East Coast cities. Newport is a beautiful old colonial town at the southern end of Aquidneck Island, with a population of about 25,000.
So leave plenty of time for the journey?
The Race Village opens on May 5 - Cinco de Mayo - join the party to welcome the boats to the only North American stopover sometime that week. Enjoy the Exploration Zone, entertainment, a festival for all ages to experience sailing and many more family activities at Fort Adams State Park. The Pro-Am Racing on May 15, the In-Port Race on May 16 and the leg start to Lisbon on May 17 will be held within yards of the shoreline in the same natural stadium that hosted decades of America's Cup Racing - Narragansett Bay.
No shortage of things to do?
Where to start? Well, a tour of Fort Adams would be a good place to begin;
home to the Race Village and the largest coastal fortification in the USA. Or pick a waterfront restaurant, enjoy native lobster, clam chowder and dozens of eclectic restaurants. Stroll up to Bellevue Avenue, home to Newport's legendary Gilded Age mansions depicting the splendour of the Astor and Vanderbilt "summer cottages" presiding over the Atlantic Ocean coastline. If you're feeling a little more active, there's plenty of sport to be had, particularly out on the water. Just tour Newport Harbor and see the greatest collection in one harbour of classic yachts, the largest collection of the famous 12 meters, rum runners’ yachts and every type of modern sail, power and mega yacht. The backdrop is an entire sailing-centric community and quintessential New England harbour lined with historic sea captains' houses, pubs, taverns, shops and galleries.
Sailing is the number one sport in this international sailing community, but you will also find the International Tennis Hall of Fame, polo and world-renowned golf courses. And further afield you have New York and Boston. If you can't find something to interest you there, I give up.
*ETA: We love sailing for its freedom and unpredictability. The crews can master the boat, study the waves, embrace the wind and trust in their navigators - but ultimately, it's the combination of those four things that decide when they arrive. For that reason, we need a range of dates which accounts for every one of these complex variables to estimate, as closely as we can, the potential arrival dates.
|In order of finish:||Finish time (local)||Points|
|Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing||14:57:38||3|
|Dongfeng Race Team||14:59:09||6|
|Team Vestas Wind||DNS||8|
|Currency:||US Dollar ($) (USD)|
|Rate:||1 USD = 0,89 EUR|
|Voltage:||120 volt, and they use a type A (two pins flat) or B plug|
|International Calling Code:||+1|
|Time zone:||UTC/GMT -5|
57 degrees Fahrenheit
|Driving in Newport:||Always drive on the right-hand side of the road|
|Nickname(s):||City by the Sea
Sailing Capital of the World