Think the Volvo Ocean Race Newport is just for sailors? Think again! The international racing event offers nearly two weeks of family-friendly activities for all to enjoy. The interactive Race Village-- located in Fort Adams State Park-- offers visitors a boatload of exhibits, experiences, and meet-and-greet opportunities. Here are 10 activities not to be missed.
1. WATCH RACING AND SEE BOATS UP-CLOSE
Get an up-close view of seven awe-inspiring VO65s racing and docked at the piers at Fort Adams within yards of the spectators.
2. GET A RACE BOAT EXPERIENCE
Climb inside a full size VO65. See how sailors live for nearly nine months in cramped quarters, stand on deck, and take the wheel in the cockpit.
3. SEE THE BOATYARD
The real working boatyard will be in action repairing sails and equipment, and working with teams to prepare the yachts for the transatlantic leg to Cardiff, Wales.
4. TRY SAILING
Experienced skippers will welcome you aboard a Sail Newport J22 to see Newport Harbor and the race village from the water. No experience necessary, all ages invited. Lifejackets provided.
5. MEET CREWS AT TEAM BASES
Visit the “pit row” where teams interact with visitors and meet with their shore crew. See how they study weather, courses and plan for the rest of the Volvo Ocean Race.
6. BE INSPIRED AT THE VOLVO PAVILION
Walk through the interactive structure where you can learn what Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks bring to your community. Climb into their latest vehicles and experience their industry-leading safety features.
7. DISCOVER THE ONE OCEAN EXPLORATION ZONE
All ages will enjoy learning about the oceans with 25 interactive exhibits such as model test tank, simple machines, scavenger hunt, live ocean exploration, hydrobotics, art and coastal resilience, and ROV technology. Presented by 11th hour racing.
8. TRY THE GRINDING CHALLENGE
See if you have what it takes to use the grinding machine used on the race boats to control the trim of the sails.
9. ENJOY KIDS ACTIVITIES
Bring the family along and enjoy fun activities like Volvo Pedal Cars, climbing wall, and much more!
10. GO INSIDE THE GLOBE
Watch an interactive 3D video about what it’s like to be a sailor in the race inside the giant dome cinema.
About the Volvo Ocean Race:
Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. Over four decades, its has presented a mythical attraction to the world's best sailors. The 2017-2018 edition will take the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans and touching six continents. Newport is one of 12 iconic landmark host cities and is packed full of inspiration, education, and entertainment for the entire family!