The Heart of American Sailing

  • Village opening
    8 May 2018
  • Gurney’s Resorts In-Port Race
    19 May 2018
  • Leg Start
    20 May 2018

City Info

Race Village opening: 8 May 2018
Average ETA: 7-9 May 2018
Gurney’s Resorts In-Port Race: 19 May 2018, 18:00 UTC (14:00 Newport)
Leg Start: 20 May 2018, 18:00 UTC (14:00 Newport)

More information can be found on the Newport host city website: 

Find out all the cool things to see and do in our Race Village here.

Download 3D maps here:
- Newport Race Village map (PDF 2.6MB)
- Gurney’s Resorts In-Port Race course map (JPEG 4MB)
- Leg 9 Start course map (JPEG 4.3MB)

Newport is one of America’s most famous sailing hubs.
Home to Sail Newport Inc, founded in 1983, Sail Newport is New England’s largest public sailing centre that also serves hundreds of children each season through its Youth Sailing Programme and is Rhode Island’s premier public sailing site. The beautiful old colonial town, which was for so long associated with the America’s Cup, now has a new world-class sailing event to boast about. The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will mark the second consecutive visit to Rhode Island, and after an incredible debut in the 12th edition, we can’t wait to go back.

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the USA – but punches way above its weight.
There is mile after mile of magnificent coastline, harbours, beaches and much more. Try a tour of Fort Adams, the largest coastal fortification in the USA, and then pick a waterfront restaurant to enjoy the native lobster rolls, or a delicious clam chowder. Take a stroll up to Bellevue Avenue, home to Newport's legendary Gilded Age mansions depicting the splendour of the Astor and Vanderbilt "summer cottages" presiding over the Atlantic Ocean coastline. If the weather’s nice, how about a tour of Newport Harbour to check out the greatest collection of classic yachts, the largest collection of the famous 12 meters, rum runners’ yachts and every type of modern sail, power and mega yacht. The backdrop is an entire sailing-centric community and quintessential New England harbour lined with historic sea captains' houses, pubs, taverns, shops and galleries.

How do I get there?


Race Village: 
Fort Adams Drive, 
Newport, RI 02840

Air: TF Green (PVD)
Train: West Kingston Station
Bus: Bonanza Bus Lines (town centre)
Alternative: Take a stroll down the famous Thames Street and pick up a lobster roll, before catching the water ferry to the Race Village.

The Volvo Ocean Race will be in Newport from 8-20 May 2018 and we’re looking for people to join our Volunteer Programme and help make the Stopover a huge success.

Registration for Newport will be open from July but in the meantime, if you are looking for more information about becoming a Volunteer, please email the Volunteer Program Manager, Hannah Lasorsa.

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In-Port Race

Team Brunel takes wire to wire win in Gurney’s Resorts In Port Race Newport. Bouwe Bekking's Team Brunel continue to hold the hot hand, taking a win in Newport... Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel sailed a perfect race on Saturday afternoon, winning the start, edging into a lead and extending away for a convincing victory in the Gurney’s Resorts In Port Race Newport.

© Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

“We knew the start was going to be critical,” said Brunel’s helmsman Peter Burling after the race. “We came off the line in good shape and were able to sail clean the rest of the race and that made our life pretty easy…

“It’s nice to take the win and great to have a bit of momentum. We’ve put together a few really good results in row now and we’re hoping to come home really strong. We have a great bunch of sailors on board and we’re really enjoying our yachting and looking forward to pushing this boat as hard as we can.”

A second place finish by MAPFRE allowed the In Port Race Series leader to extend its advantage further. It was another impressive come from behind performance by skipper Xabi Fernández and his team, who were in fifth place early in the race, before making several passes on the second long leg of the race.

Local hero Charlie Enright led his Vestas 11th Hour Racing team to a strong third place podium finish, pleasing the home crowd who came out in force despite cool temperatures and overcast, wet conditions.

David Witt’s SHK/Scallywag nailed down fourth place, ahead of Dongfeng Race Team who made a late charge but couldn’t complete the pass before the finish line.

Meanwhile, team AkzoNobel were able to overhaul Turn the Tide on Plastic on the first lap of the race course to claim sixth place.

© Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race is scheduled to start at 1400 local time (1800 UTC) on Sunday afternoon.

A quick start is predicted with winds near 20 knots in the forecast. Leg 9 is a 3,300 nautical mile transatlantic race to Cardiff, Wales, and the final double-point scoring leg in the race.

Current Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series Leaderboard
1. MAPFRE – 50 points
2. Dongfeng Race Team – 42 points
3. Team Brunel – 36 points
4. team AkzoNobel – 35 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 23 points
6. Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag – 19 points
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 16 points

The Gurney's Resorts In-Port Race Newport in 130 seconds: 

Volvo Ocean Race Gurney's Resorts In-Port Race Newport in 130 seconds | Volvo Ocean Race