Today marks one week since the opening of the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover and the schedule is highlighted with the practice session for the MetLife Combat Wounded and Injured Veterans Regatta and the Exploration Zone.
The Race Village opens at 11 a.m. on and closes at 7 p.m., the same hours for the scientific Exploration Zone.
Fourteen veterans from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines will crew for the skippers of the Volvo Ocean Race aboard J/22 sloops. The regatta is part of the Wounded Veterans Retreat Program organized by Army Special Forces Sergeant/Major (Ret.) Nelson Corbin, a veteran of seven years in combat zones. The veterans all suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Some are amputees and some are wheelchair-bound with a traumatic spinal cord injury, but they all find a sense of purpose in the event-based therapy programs that Corbin organizes.
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.
Tuesday, May 12
Race Village open – 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Try Sailing – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Volvo Ocean Race Studio Show – 4-6:40 p.m.
MetLife Combat Wounded and Injured Veterans Regatta Practice – 1-4 p.m. (viewable from Fort Adams)