The Heart of American Sailing

  • Village opening
    8 May 2018
  • Gurney’s Resorts In-Port Race
    19 May 2018
  • Leg Start
    20 May 2018

City Info

Race Village opening: 8 May 2018
Average ETA: 7-9 May 2018
Gurney’s Resorts In-Port Race: 19 May 2018, 18:00 UTC (14:00 Newport)
Leg Start: 20 May 2018, 18:00 UTC (14:00 Newport)

More information can be found on the Newport host city website: 

Find out all the cool things to see and do in our Race Village here.

Download 3D maps here:
- Newport Race Village map (PDF 2.6MB)
- Gurney’s Resorts In-Port Race course map (JPEG 4MB)
- Leg 9 Start course map (JPEG 4.3MB)

Newport is one of America’s most famous sailing hubs.
Home to Sail Newport Inc, founded in 1983, Sail Newport is New England’s largest public sailing centre that also serves hundreds of children each season through its Youth Sailing Programme and is Rhode Island’s premier public sailing site. The beautiful old colonial town, which was for so long associated with the America’s Cup, now has a new world-class sailing event to boast about. The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will mark the second consecutive visit to Rhode Island, and after an incredible debut in the 12th edition, we can’t wait to go back.

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the USA – but punches way above its weight.
There is mile after mile of magnificent coastline, harbours, beaches and much more. Try a tour of Fort Adams, the largest coastal fortification in the USA, and then pick a waterfront restaurant to enjoy the native lobster rolls, or a delicious clam chowder. Take a 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 the weather’s nice, how about a tour of Newport Harbour to check out the greatest collection 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.

How do I get there?


Race Village: 
Fort Adams Drive, 
Newport, RI 02840

Air: TF Green (PVD)
Train: West Kingston Station
Bus: Bonanza Bus Lines (town centre)
Alternative: Take a stroll down the famous Thames Street and pick up a lobster roll, before catching the water ferry to the Race Village.

The Volvo Ocean Race will be in Newport from 8-20 May 2018 and we’re looking for people to join our Volunteer Programme and help make the Stopover a huge success.

Registration for Newport will be open from July but in the meantime, if you are looking for more information about becoming a Volunteer, please email the Volunteer Program Manager, Hannah Lasorsa.

© Dan Nerney

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