The world’s most grueling ocean sailing race, The Volvo Ocean Race, makes a stop in Newport through May 20. See the boats up close and talk to sailors at the Race Village. All activities – including fun for kids — are free. Here’s what’s going on:
Go Sailing. Experienced sailors will take you on a tour of Newport Harbor on a J22 to see Fort Adams, the Race Village and more all from the water.
Visit Volvo Ocean Race Boats. Up to seven VO65 race boats will be docked at Fort Adams within yards of spectators. You can see them up close from the piers.
Race Boat Dissection. A full-size VO65 has been cut in half allows visitors to crawl inside the race boat to experience the cramped quarters and layout. Stand on the deck, and in the cockpit to grip the wheel.
One Ocean Exploration Zone. Explore interactive exhibits on marine life, sailing, ocean conservation, wind, water and weather experiences, and marine technology.
The Globe. A 3D cinema inside the giant dome provides the audience with an interactive video to understand what it’s like to be a sailor in the race.
Team Bases. Meet the race boat teams and shore crew and study weather, courses and conditions.
The Boatyard. A real working boatyard will be action every day repairing sails, equipment and meeting with teams to help the ocean racing yachts prepare for the Transatlantic leg.
Race Village Store. Buy your favorite team’s apparel, or the Volvo Ocean Race brand. Everything from polos, t-shirts, vests, and jackets to backpacks, duffel bags, and much more.
The Grinding Challenge. A grinding machine is used on the race boats to control the trim of the sails. Try it.
Kid Zone. Activities in the Kid Zone will include face painting, bubble bowling, mini golf, lawn games and more! Open Saturdays and Sundays, May 12-13 and May 19-20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wisdom. Meet and take a photo with the Volvo Ocean Race Mascot, Wisdom. This light-hearted character delights fans of all ages.Virtual Reality. Try on the headsets for more adventure and experience the sense of what sailors feel onboard in the grueling conditions.
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