Photo Credit: Dan Nerney/Sail Newport
The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover opens on May 8th, 2018 (in less than one year)!
I don’t know if it’s harder to believe that it’s been two years since the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover Race Village opened at Fort Adams State Park or that the next edition is now less than a year way.
The Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover race village will be open from May 8th – May 20th, 2018. Sailors will arrive in Newport from Brazil around May 8th, will host an in-port race on May 19th and the leg start from Newport to Cardiff will take place on May 20th.
Newport will once again be the race’s only North American stopover, details regarding events and activities that will happen during the Newport Stopover will be announced when organized.
When sailors depart Newport on May 20th, they will make a transatlantic journey to Cardiff.
“The transatlantic race between Newport and Cardiff promises to be one of the real highlights of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. The event is returning to the United Kingdom for the first time in 12 years, but this is the first time our world-class fleet will have visited Wales, despite the country’s rich seafaring tradition. “Cardiff’s harbour will make the perfect backdrop for our boats, which will follow after what we expect to be another highly successful stopover in Newport.” said Antonio Bolaños López, acting CEO, Volvo Ocean Race, in a previous news release.
The teams will depart Alicante on October 22nd, 2016 and race 45,000 nautical miles around the world with stops at Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff and Gothenburg before the finish in The Hague.
So far, there have been four teams announced for the 2017/2018 race;
Team AkzoNobel – The Dutch campaign is led by first-time skipper Simeon Tienpont.
Dongfeng Race Team – returning for a second consecutive race, with French skipper Charles Caudrelier once again at the helm following a podium finish in 2014-15.
Team MAPFRE – have also announced their return to the race under the direction of Skipper Xabi Fernandez.
Vestas 11th Hour Racing – will be led by Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, both raced on board Team Alvimedia in the last race.
Looking Back to 2015
The Volvo Ocean Race arrived in Newport in May 2015 for the first time in the race’s 42-year history in a public celebration that lasted for 12 glorious days. After a bitterly cold and snowy winter in New England, the race arrived in early May and brought with it splendid weather that coaxed many race fans out from their winter recess and down to the Race Village at Fort Adams State Park.
According to an economic impact report, the stopover attracted more than 131,000 fans to the Ocean State and the City by the Sea. When those watching from boats or other viewing locations are included, the total increases to more than 147,000. The busiest day at the Race Village was during the In-Port Races on May 16, when 21,920 people visited. More than 40 percent of the attendees were from states other than Rhode Island and more than 10 percent were from foreign countries.
The same report concluded that spectators and organizations combined to infuse the Rhode Island economy with $32.2 million by attending and supporting the Volvo Ocean Race. When this initial infusion of money for local businesses was spent and re-spent within the state, the effect led to a total economic impact of $47.7 million.
The success of the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover has many hoping for a more impactful second visit in 2018.