Photo: Dan Nerney
Good Morning, it's Saturday, May 9th and here's a look at what's happening at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village today!
A highlight of today and the entire Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover is the opening of the Exploration Zone on this morning at 10 a.m. The Exploration Zone is a marine-themed educational experience with 22 exhibits from 20 educational partners in a 5,000-square-foot tent on the north lawn of Fort Adams State Park.
With interactive exhibits for all ages, the Exploration Zone aims to educate and inspire visitors about the sport of sailing, the oceans, and to discover continents and cultures around the world through the lens of the world's most grueling sailboat race. Exploration Zone themes include marine science and technology, geography and culture, sustainability and mathematics.
Another highlight is the Heineken Reggae Rally concert planned tonight on the lawn within Fort Adams. Featuring the bands John Brown's Body, Mighty Mystic and Newport's own The Ravers, the concert is scheduled 6-10 p.m. and tickets are available through Newport Waterfront Events, Ticketmaster and at the Newport Waterfront Events Box Office at Fort Adams State Park.
There will be a $10 parking fee per car from May 9 - 13. Proceeds from parking benefit Sail Newport and support their mission to offer community sailing programs for all ages to learn to sail, improve skills and rent sailboats at affordable costs.
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Pancake Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Youth Challenge
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.: 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.
10 a.m. Exploration Zone Official Opening
The Exploration Zone is a marine-themed educational experience with 22 exhibits from 20 educational partners in a 5,000-square-foot tent on the north lawn of Fort Adams State Park.
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Volvo Ocean Race Academy
10 a.m. - 5. p.m. Family Friendly Activities in the Parade Field
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.
5:30 p.m.: Youth Challenge Awards, Arrivals Stage
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Heineken Reggae Rally Heineken Reggae Rally at Fort Adams featuring "John Brown's Body," "Mighty Mystic" and "The Ravers". $35.