Photo: Dan Nerney
If you haven’t made it down to the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village we have one question for you: Why not? The Race Village at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I., is alive with activity. Approximately 14,000 fans visited on Saturday and more flowed through yesterday on Mother’s Day, prompting comments on Facebook such as, “Fourth of July, Christmas and New Year’s Eve all rolled into one, simply spectacular!”
The Race Village opens at 11 a.m. on and closes at 7 p.m., the same hours for the scientific Exploration Zone.
Today’s schedule includes Try Sailing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a staff member from Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center. It’s a great way to experience the joy of sailing (personal flotation devices will be provided).
The state’s sail training vessel, Oliver Hazard Perry, is open for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 200 feet length overall, the Oliver Hazard Perry is named after the Rhode Island naval hero of the War of 1812 and is the largest sailing school vessel in the U.S.
The video “Another Day at the Office” will be playing in the afternoon, 4-7 p.m. in the Volvo Ocean Race video dome. It’s an informative and entertaining quiz show based on the race and life on board presented by a host who guides you through a 40-minute program. The public will be divided into seven teams and compete by both answering questions (through voting-boxes) and participating in physical challenges.
Monday, May 11
Race Village open – 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Try Sailing – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oliver Hazard Perry Tours – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Exploration Zone open – 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Volvo Ocean Race Show – 4-4:40 p.m.
Volvo Ocean Race Show – 5-5:40 p.m.
Volvo Ocean Race Show – 6-6:40 p.m.