Considered the Sailing Capital of the World, Newport will showcase its maritime roots once again with the return of the Volvo Ocean Race – the world's most grueling ocean race, circumnavigating the planet and covering 45,000+ nautical miles. Newport will be the race's only stopover in all North America. Featuring seven one-design, high-performing boats equipped with the latest technology, the race kicked off in Alicante, Spain, in October, has stopped in Lisbon, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Auckland, will sail to Itajai, Brazil, then race to Newport.
The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover celebration will unfold Tuesday, May 8 through May 20, 2018, with racing boats expected to arrive around May 9. Newport's Fort Adams State Park will embrace a festive atmosphere for 10 days with a Race Village featuring live music and entertainment, a 3D cinema inside a giant dome, the One Ocean Exploration Zone featuring interactive exhibits on marine life, sailing, ocean conservation, wind, water and weather experiences, and marine technology, sponsor pavilions including the test track at the Volvo Pavilion, food and drink gardens as well as the premier Ocean Race Club, shopping, kids activities, and of course, in port racing. (To put this in perspective, when the race was here in 2015, more than 120,000 fans passed through Newport's race village making it one of the most popular stopovers ever in race history.) This quick video will give you a sense of the race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_px3eB333s&t=17s