Volvo Ocean Racers Head for Newport

Photo by Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica, Volvo Ocean Race
Photo by Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica, Volvo Ocean Race

Team Alvimedica and the rest of the 6-boat fleet participating in the Volvo Ocean Race left Itajai, Brazil, on Sunday, April 19, en route to Newport for the 6th leg of the around-the-world sailing competition.

The 5,010-nautical-mile journey is expected to take 17 to 20 days to complete, with the boats due to arrive in Newport around the first week of May.

A host of race-related activities are planned in Newport through May 17, including a Race Village in Newport, 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.

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.