Sail Newport announced on Wednesday in a press release that Volvo Ocean Race Port Partner, Gurney’s Resorts, has expanded their support of the 13-day event with a title sponsorship of the In-Port Race on May 19 at 2 pm. Gurney’s Resorts, which boasts waterfront luxury resorts in both the Hamptons and Newport, signed on to be a Port Partner in February of this year, but recently increased their sponsorship for naming rights to the In-Port race.
The Gurney’s In-Port Race will be fast and action-packed. Teams fiercely battle for the best start within yards of the Fort Adams State Park shoreline. From the five-minute warning signal, teams will attempt to capture the best starting position while at the same time try to use tactics to push their competitors into a poor start. A boat over the starting line too early will be required to return to the other side of the line. A forced restart usually causes an insurmountable loss of time for a team to finish well.
In-Port racing has taken place in Host Cities around the world including Alicante, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Cape Town, South Africa; Hong Kong; Guangzhou, China; Auckland, New Zealand, and Itajai, Brazil. After Newport, the series will continue at other stopovers including Cardiff, Wales, Gothenburg, Sweden, and at the finish port in the Hague, Netherlands. Although scored separately from the round-the-world series of legs, the In-Port races could be key to the global race’s outcome as results of the series will be used as a tie-breaker and could determine the overall winner of the race.
Current standings show the top two boats, MAPFRE and Dongfeng Race Team, only three points apart in first and second place overall. A win of the Gurney’s Resorts In-Port Race could make a difference in final podium positions and capturing of the coveted Volvo Ocean Race trophy.
During both the Gurney’s In-Port Race on May 19, and for the Leg Start on May 20 at 2 p.m., Volvo Ocean Race turning marks will be set in the water in front of Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina’s poolside Pineapple Club on Goat Island in Newport. The race boats will be required to pass through the gate turning marks during the Gurney’s Resorts In-Port race and pass a mark in a similar location on the trans-Atlantic race start.
Also, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina will be hosting a New England Clambake 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th. For $95 per person, guests can enjoy a menu that includes Gurney’s signature clam chowder, local lobster, steamers & mussels, fresh cornbread, grilled & pesto-brushed vegetables, and blueberry cobbler. Tickets are available on the Gurney’s Resorts website www.gurneysresorts.com/newport .
The 257-room property features four restaurant venues including the iconic Scarpetta, a state-of-the-art marina, indoor and outdoor pools, and a variety of meeting and event spaces throughout the property.
The Gurney’s Resorts In-Port Race will be live-streamed around the world on volvooceanrace.com. Live commentary will accompany both the Gurney’s Resorts In-Port Race and the Leg Start with Newport’s Andy Greene as a commentator.