06-May-2015

Day 2 At Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

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Good Morning, it's Wednesday, May 6th and here's a look at what's happening at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village today! After yesterday's gala celebration opening the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village today sees everyone associated with the race anxiously awaiting the crews' arrival. The past 24 hours have been swift for the six boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race and the leader's estimated time of arrival is now expected tonight, between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. tomorrow morning. The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village at Fort Adams State Park will remain open past the scheduled 7 p.m. closing time to accommodate race fans and families of the sailors who will be on hand to welcome the weary sailors after a 5,000-nautical mile leg. Based on this morning's position report of 8:40 a.m. EDT (12:40 p.m. UTC), Dongfeng Race Team, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, led the fleet with 116 miles to the finish in Narragansett Bay off Fort Adams State Park. Dongfeng's lead was far from safe. Close behind was overall race leader Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker of the U.K. Abu Dhabi was within sight of Dongfeng, just 2 miles in arrears, setting up the prospect of a photo finish. "Right now we need to pull out all the secrets we've got," said Abu Dhabi's onboard reporter Matt Knighton of Chicago. "In the breezy downwind conditions of the darkness, they've (Dongfeng) managed to sail lower and faster towards the mark and extended to 3nm ahead. We've found at least 10 rabbits in this magic hat of ours this leg - we just need to find one more." After the two leaders was Team Brunel, skippered by Bouwe Bekking, 127 miles from the finish, followed by Mapfre, Iker Martinez skipper, with 135 miles to the finish. Team Alvimedica, skippered by Rhode Island's Charlie Enright, was fifth, 150 miles from the finish, and the all-female crew Team SCA, Sam Davies skipper, was sixth, 243 miles from the finish. Admission to the Race Village is free and parking this evening is also free. Visitors can purchase food from the Russell Morin catering caf_ and beverages from the Heineken Docks beer garden, Mount Gay Bar, and Mo��_t Champagne garden. Video of the arrivals will be broadcast in the video dome. The past 24 hours have been swift for the six boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race and the leader's estimated time of arrival is now expected tonight, between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. tomorrow morning. The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village at Fort Adams State Park will remain open past the scheduled 7 p.m. closing time to accommodate race fans and families of the sailors who will be on hand to welcome the weary sailors after a 5,000-nautical mile leg. Based on this morning's position report of 8:40 a.m. EDT (12:40 p.m. UTC), Dongfeng Race Team, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, led the fleet with 116 miles to the finish in Narragansett Bay off Fort Adams State Park. Admission to the Race Village is free and parking this evening is also free. Visitors can purchase food from the Russell Morin catering caf_ and beverages from the Heineken Docks beer garden, Mount Gay Bar, and Mo��_t Champagne garden. Video of the arrivals will be broadcast in the video dome. Schedule Of Public Events For May 6th, 2015 (Schedule subject to change) 11 a.m. - Late Evening: Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover Race Village Open To The Public - The Race Village will be open daily, May 5-17 and is free admission to all ages. The twelve-day public celebration will feature racing off the shore of Fort Adams (May 14-17), entertainment, a marine Exploration Zone, sponsor pavilions, family games, a "Life at the Extreme" theater, team compounds, try sailing, kids activities, concerts and a working boatyard. The race boats will be docked at Fort Adams for public viewing. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Try Sailing Come onboard a Sail Newport J/22 to experience sailing. All ages invited. Lifejackets provided. 12 p.m. - 6:40 p.m.: Another Day At The Office An informative and entertaining quiz show based on the race and life on board, presented to you by a host who will guide you through a 40 minute program. The public will be divided into 7 teams and compete by both answering questions (through voting-boxes), and participating in physical challenges. There is a food court and beer garden on the north lawn at Fort Adams. Also, the sponsor pavilions for Volvo and SCA are open to the public. Visitors to the Volvo pavilion can experience the auto maker's autonomous driving vehicles, while the SCA pavilion has a replica of the team's Volvo Ocean 65 constructed of 100,000 pieces of Lego. 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Nurses Week Kick-Off Celebration Local nurses are invited to an appreciation event at SCA's pavillion in the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Newport. Relax after work or on your day off as SCA, maker of the TENA brand of incontinence products, shows their appreciation for nurses. 8 p.m. - 3: a.m.: Arrival Of Volvo Ocean Race Fleet Make sure you're at Fort Adams State Park_ to cheer the Volvo Ocean Race sailors as they arrive into Newport after weeks at sea. You'll see ecstatic faces, disappointed faces, and tired faces. _No_ matter the time of day or night, we're going to welcome them to the USA! The local support makes all the difference for the athletes as they come ashore. The entire community is invited to come out and help welcome these international sailors to Newport. Parking at Fort Adams State Park will be free between May 5 and May 8. May 9th - 13th parking will cost $10, from May 14-17, parking will cost $20. REMINDER: Please recycle and help us make this a sustainable event. Look for recycle/waste stations and use refillable water bottles!