First Volvo Ocean Race Boats Expected in Newport Tonight

Team Alvimedica leaves the dock at the Newport Shipyard.
Team Alvimedica leaves the dock at the Newport Shipyard.

The 6 boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race are coming in hot to Newport, and the leader’s estimated time of arrival is expected between 8:00 p.m. tonight and 3:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Based on this morning’s position report of 8:40 a.m. EDT (12:40 p.m. UTC), Dongfeng Race Team was leading the fleet, and was 116 miles from Narragansett Bay. 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.

After the 2 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 5th, 150 miles from the finish, and the all-female crew Team SCA, Sam Davies skipper, was 6th, 243 miles from the finish.

You can check out the positions of the boats in real time HERE: 

 The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village at Fort Adams State Park will remain open past the scheduled 7:00 p.m. closing time and into the late evening to accommodate race fans and families of the sailors who will be on hand to welcome the weary sailors after a 5,010-nautical mile leg.

Admission to the Race Village is free and parking this evening is also free. Visitors can purchase food from the Russell Morin catering café and beverages from the Heineken Docks beer garden, Mount Gay Bar, and Moët Champagne garden into the late evening. Video of the arrivals will be broadcast in the video dome.

For boaters who plan to be on the water to escort the fleet to the finish, complimentary berthing is available at the Alofsin Pier adjacent to the Race Village.