Heralded as “the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other,” the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race will travel 45,000 nautical miles, cross four oceans, touch six continents, and visit 12 landmark host cities. The only United States stop on the list? Newport. And with good reason: Hailed as the “sailing capital of the world,” Newport lays claim to a rich nautical legacy, which promises to continue for years to come.
Whether you’re a lifelong sailing enthusiast or simply interested in bearing witness to history-in-the-making, there’s no better place to be this May than Newport. Here’s a closer look at what to expect when the Volvo Ocean Race cruises into town.
A Simple Concept, A Grueling Race
The longest and most difficult professional sporting event in the world, the Volvo Ocean Race is the stuff of which legends are made. It boasts a four-decade tradition of challenging the planet’s most accomplished sailors -- starting with Sir Peter Blake who competed in the first edition in 1973 and finally “conquered his Everest” in the 1989 race. The 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race kicked off in October from its home port of Alicante, and will conclude in The Hague in June.
Given its reputation of sitting “at the intersection of human adventure and world-class competition,” it makes sense that the Volvo Ocean Race joins the Olympics and America’s Cup as one of sailing’s "Big Three" events.
A Village Like No Other
Speaking of the Olympics, the fabled Olympic Village has nothing on the Newport Race Village.
Opening Tuesday, May 8th and closing on Sunday, May 20th (with the in-port race occurring on Saturday, May 19th), this bustling hub is packed with free activities, including a public viewing of seven VO65 Volvo ocean race boats docked at Fort Adams within mere yards of spectators; the chance to crawl inside an authentic, full-size VO65 race boat to see for yourself how the sailors live for nine months during the “Race Boat Experience;" interactive exhibits on everything from marine life to marine technology; a real, working boatyard; a grinding challenge; a 3D interactive video; and much more. Additionally, team bases serve as a “pit row” where teams can interact with visitors.
If your interests lean toward other modes of transportation, meanwhile, you won’t want to miss the exhilarating Volvo Pavilion where drivers can test drive the latest Volvos. There truly is something for everyone!
The Newport Ocean Race and The Chanler
There’s a reason why millions of fans visit Volvo Ocean Race Villages every year, and why the Newport stop is one of the sailing circuit’s most anticipated destinations. Make sure you do not miss this event as it only happens once every three years and features changing host cities.
We’ve got a serious case of Volvo Ocean Race fever here at The Chanler and the Spiced Pear, which is why we’re celebrating with a number of special events and amenities that we will soon reveal. As the Newport stop draws nearer, be sure to check The Chanler website for additional announcements about special events and activities aimed at supporting -- and saluting -- this obsession-worthy race.