Weekend Highlights At The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village


This weekend the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village at Fort Adams State Park will be open for 10 hours on Saturday and 9 hours on Sunday with many activities and displays for people of all ages.

With the fleet tucked safely at the North Pier at Fort Adams, the Volvo Ocean 65 race boats are available for viewing, as is a unique cross-section showing belowdecks.

A highlight of the weekend is the opening of the Exploration Zone on Saturday 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. "The Exploration Zone will offer something for everyone. We're excited by the diversity of exhibitors and their commitment to make it as fun and interesting to all of our guests," said R. Mark Davis, President of Sailors for the Sea and a co-chairman of the Education Committee for the stopover.

Another highlight is the Heineken Reggae Rally concert planned Saturday night 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 and Ticketmaster.

Sunday, Mother's Day, Sail Newport will host a yoga session for moms. Also, a bubble soccer tournament is planned. Billed as one part soccer, one part pillow fight and one part vaudeville slapstick, bubble soccer is soccer played while wearing a giant bubble over your head and torso.

On both days staff members of Sail Newport will be on hand to take visitors sailing free of charge. It's a great way to experience the joy of sailing (personal flotation devices will be provided). The state's educational sailing vessel, the Oliver Hazard Perry, is open for tours.

Additionally, a face painter, stilt walkers and a juggler will be roaming the Race Village on Saturday and Sunday, 12-2 p.m. Plus, the bumper boats pavilion will be open and there'll be lawn games inside Fort Adams. The National Guard will have a few vehicles and activities as well.

The video "Another Day at the Office" will be playing throughout each day 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.

Schedule highlights:

Saturday, May 9

Race Village open - 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Pancake Breakfast - 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Youth Challenge - 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Volvo Ocean Race Academy - 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Family Friendly Activities in the Parade Field - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Exploration Zone Official Opening - 10 a.m.
Try Sailing - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Volvo Ocean Race Show Studio - 12-6:40 p.m.
Youth Challenge Awards - 5:30 p.m., Arrivals Stage
Heineken Reggae Rally at Fort Adams featuring "John Brown's Body," "Mighty Mystic" and "The Ravers" - 6-10 p.m.

Sunday, May 10

Race Village open - 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Volvo Ocean Race Academy Team Racing - 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Family Friendly Activities in the Parade Field - 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Try Sailing - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bubble Soccer Tournament - 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2-4 p.m.
Volvo Ocean Race Show Studio - 12-6:40 p.m.
Mother's Day Yoga at the Race Village - 1-2 p.m.