In-Port Race: May 16, 2015
Leg start: May 17, 2015
A year-round jewel – and the spiritual home of sailing
Since 1639 Newport’s breathtaking scenery and world-class sailing venue has attracted visitors and sailors from around the world. This City by the Sea is home to awe-inspiring coastal landscape, quaint colonial and New England architecture, a thriving waterfront with restaurants, bistros, art galleries and boutiques and welcoming hospitality.
Newport is also home to the opulent mansions that housed the barons and families of the “Gilded Age” in the early 1900s.
The city of Newport is located on Northeast coast of America with New York to the south and Boston to the North.
The Aquidneck Island community also includes several other quaint and historic New England towns that shaped American history.
For those whose hearts lie in architecture, design, and history, Newport offers tours of the mansions, interesting museums, many restored sea captains’ homes and a number of walking tours that reveal the Colonial charm of the city.
Artists flock to Newport year-round to capture the beauty of this North American jewel.
Newport is surrounded by three bodies of water on the North American coast. The stunning beauty of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound and the Sakonnet River provide a panoramic water view on the island community. The yachting history of Newport is central to the history and the modern era of American sailing. The quaint harbour is speckled with a wide variety of boats including classic yachts, schooners and restored rum runners from the prohibition era and is the home of legendary 12-metre yachts such as Weatherly, Heritage, Northern Light, Nefertiti, Gleam, American Eagle, Intrepid, Courageous and many more. Almost every type of sailing event has been hosted in Newport over the decades including Olympic trials, maxi-yacht races, distance races such as the Newport to Bermuda Race, America’s Cup World Series, handicap and classic racing and one-design racing including many local, national and world championships.
Newport also is host to many modern and mega yachts as one of the busiest harbours on the East Coast. Today, the sailing community is comprised of nine local yacht clubs, and Sail Newport, the Public Sailing Center that is the host for the Stopover, run several hundred sailing events, programmes and regattas each season. Sailing is a way of life in Newport and many make their living from sailing, fishing and the commercial maritime industry.
In addition to sailing, the coastal community has plenty of water-based activities for families including many beaches, kayaking, kite surfing, paddleboarding and fishing. The area also has several magnificent waterside golf courses and hosts international polo championships every weekend in the summer and fall. The International Tennis hall of Fame on historic Bellevue Avenue is central to the sport’s annual inductions and international tennis events.
There will be plenty of activities for children and families at the state park. In addition to the sailing village, the immense state park has a beach, sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding opportunities at Sail Newport and a small beach. The park is also park of a “Bay Walk” route and a great place to fish, fly kits, ride bikes and watch the boating activities.
The backdrop for the Newport Stopover is the historic Fort Adams. The Fort is the largest coastal fortification in the United States.
The military engineering and architectural masterpiece is open for tours of where the soldiers lived, the casements and visitors may explore the tunnel system. The bastions are also open and a short climb provides views that are simply breathtaking.