Exciting Finish as Ocean Race Boats Arrive in Newport

In a dramatic finish to the 6th leg of the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, Team Dongfeng beat Team Abu Dhabi by a few boat lengths as the 2 lead boats crossed the finish line off Newport, Rhode Island, at around 10:00 p.m. on May 6. A crowd of several thousand watched the boats make their way up the East Passage and into Newport Harbor, where they, along with the other 4 boats still in the race, will spend the next 2 weeks preparing for the next leg of the race, which will take them to Portugal.

May 6,2015. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing arriving to Newport.
May 6,2015. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing arriving to Newport.

Thus far in the race, Team Abu Dhabi leads, followed by Dongfeng, Team Brunel, Team MAPFRE and Team Alvimedica (in 5th) and the all-women team SCA. Alvimedica is skippered by hometown hero Charlie Enright of Bristol, Rhode Island.

A host of race-related activities are planned in Newport to celebrate the Ocean Race through May 17, including a Race Village where visitors can view the boats and team compounds and watch a professional sail loft and boatyard at work. Also scheduled are interactive marine education exhibits, live music and entertainment, and an international food festival. Check out the full schedule of events HERE:

As part of the event, Sail Newport will host free sailing tours of Newport Harbor for all ages. Experienced skippers and lifejackets will be provided for all excursions onboard Sail Newport’s J22 sailboats.

On May 15 and 16, spectators can watch the Pro-Am and In-Port Races, during which the Volvo boats will compete off Fort Adams. The festivities wrap up on May 17, when the mammoth ocean racers leave Newport Harbor, position themselves along the start line and begin the transatlantic leg to Lisbon, Portugal.