By Sail Newport / The Ocean Race Newport Stopover

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Notice to Marine Spectators

The coming days will give fans of the 60-foot IMOCA sloops competing in The Ocean Race a chance to see the hydro-foilers in action on Narragansett Bay. Pro-Am sailing is scheduled in the mornings and afternoon tomorrow and on Thursday, the In-Port Race is planned for Saturday, and the Leg 5 start to Europe is scheduled for Sunday.

The best vantage point to watch the racing is still from Fort Adams State Park. Video boards will broadcast all the action to fans in the park along with live narration by sailor Andy Green. 

If you plan to be on the water, race organizers ask all vessels for heightened awareness as it is virtually impossible to get near the race boats. The boat’s hydrofoils extend 12 to 15 feet outboard from each side of the hull and all spectator crafts are required to stay outside of the safety zone. 

Also, spectator vessels are asked to be alert for the course stake boats – they’ll be flying 16-foot yellow flags with the Sail Newport logo. Those boats surround the edges of the course. All spectator vessels must stay out of the safety zone and adhere to the directions given by the moving marshal boats. 

Marshals and safety vessels will be monitoring all of the activities and all vessels will need to follow the direction of any vessel with an official flag.

Special spectator announcements will be broadcast over VHF Channel 88. Mariners are also advised to monitor Channel 16, as required by routine marine guidelines.

Spectators on vessels are asked to familiarize themselves with the racecourse, the safety zone and other key details of marine guidelines to keep the event safe for all. All Marine Spectator Advisories are posted.


Access to Ocean Live Park is free to all, Parking costs $25. The park is open this week, May 17-19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, the park opens at 10 a.m. each day. It closes at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit The Ocean Race Newport.

Race Areas

May 17 and 18
Pro-Am Racing Area
May 20
In-Port Race Area A

May 20
In-Port Race Area B
May 21
Leg Start Area

Course areas may changes, continue to monitor VHF 88

Check the full event schedule here

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