Friday, May 1, 2015

What to see when Volvo Ocean Race comes to Newport

A round-the-world regatta takes a breather, allowing sailing fans a glimpse behind the scenes.

The Volvo Ocean 65 yachts set off on October 11 from Alicante, Spain, for their nine-month, nine-leg seafaring marathon.

Newport’s Fort Adams State Park will serve as Race Village headquarters during the 12-day stopover in May.
In today’s world of virtual reality and ubiquitous video games, it’s difficult to find men and women who still pit muscle, wits, and willpower against the harsh elements.
Difficult, but not impossible.
In early May, local sailing enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see true adventurers when the Volvo Ocean Race yachts sail into Newport, Rhode Island, for a 12-day stopover in their worldwide quest.
Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, this premier sailing event is held every three years and last visited the region during the 2008-09 edition in Boston. When the competitors complete the final leg at the finish line in Gothenburg, Sweden, they’ll have covered 38,739 nautical miles, the equivalent of 44,580 statute miles.
Newport is the race’s sole US stopover, one of 11 international ports that the nine-month, nine-leg seafaring marathon will visit. A global cast of competitors aboard the six identical 65-foot yachts (a seventh entrant — Team Vestas Wind — ran aground in the Indian Ocean in late November and dropped out) will sail north to the Ocean State from Itajai, Brazil, having already turned the corner around Cape Horn at the tip of South America.
These stopovers allow sailors a mental break after weeks battling enormous waves — and enduring mind-numbing doldrums — on the open ocean, and they give their land-based support teams a chance to make repairs to their $6 million racing yachts. But these mid-race breaks also give sailing fans a chance to meet the world’s most skilled sailors, learn more about the sport, and view some of the planet’s most technologically advanced sailing vessels, which are typically owned by sailing organizations or wealthy individuals and financed by corporate sponsors.
“Stopovers really are our chance to reconnect with the outside world,” says Matt Knighton, 30, the onboard reporter with the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team. “Nothing beats the flotilla of spectator boats that come to greet you several miles out when you arrive.”
Known as the City by the Sea, Newport has a storied sailing past that will also be on full display. An important port prior to the Revolutionary War, Newport emerged after the Civil War as an enclave of the wealthy. Rich industrialists built opulent mansions and imported their pricey pastimes, including sailing. For a half century, from the 1930s to 1983, Newport was home to the famed America’s Cup race, contested in later years by the quintessential 12-meter racing yachts.
February 8, 2015. Leg 4 Start; The fleet

All the sailboats in the Volvo Ocean Race have identical designs.
“The Newport stopover means the world to me, personally,” says Charlie Enright, 30, skipper of the US-based Team Alvimedica and a Bristol, Rhode Island, native who was an All-American sailor at Brown University. “It will mean we’ve gotten around the horn, a life goal, and it will mean that I get to share where I’m from with the rest of the world.”
Fort Adams State Park, site of the country’s largest coastal fortress, will be the site of the Race Village, a joint effort of promoters, city and state tourism officials, and several sponsoring organizations, including Sail Newport (Rhode Island’s public sailing center) and Discover Newport.
Race Village is open to all, free of charge. Inside, visitors can explore a cross section of a Volvo Ocean 65 yacht. Organizers voted to adopt a “one-design” platform to ensure the race would be a contest based purely on sailing skill rather than the technological arms race that once characterized the America’s Cup, as competitors built dangerously light boats to gain an edge.
Fans can also tour boatyards and sail lofts, experience sailing through the eyes of the racers at a show and cinema, or even meet the competitors on the “sailors’ terrace.”
“The way I look at it, Newport won’t be a ‘stopover’ for us at all,” says Enright. “We’ll be wrapped up with activity the whole time. We like being ambassadors for the sport and the town. I am sure there will be plenty of public interaction.”
January 19, 2015. Day 16 of Leg 3 to Sanya onboard Team SCA. Sally Barkow helps pull the J1 sail on board after the Team changes sails.

The “one-design” platform ensures that the race will be a contest of sailing skill instead of technology.
On May 17, the six yachts will depart, but before they leave, competitors will begin tuning up for the next leg with several “in-port” races in Newport Harbor and Rhode Island Sound. A Jumbotron and live commentary will allow spectators to view the action on the water.
To enhance the hands-on experience for budding sailors, Sail Newport is hosting outings on Newport Harbor on J/22 sailboats, with certified skippers at the helm. No experience is necessary, and life jackets will be provided. There will also be live concerts and an “exploration zone” with interactive exhibits on marine life, sailing, ocean conservation, wind, water and weather experiences, and marine technology.
“It’s an opportunity for Newport to show the world that it actually is sailing’s capital,” Enright says. “By coming to this stopover, you get to be part of Newport’s yachting rejuvenation. This will be the biggest sailing event in Newport in the last 30 years.”

Friday, April 24, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race on its Way to Newport

Volvo Ocean Race Fleet on Their Way to Newport
Team Alvimedia Leads the Way Home

Newport, RI (April 19, 2015) -  As the Volvo Ocean Race fleet left Brazil for Newport, RI today, led by American Team Alvimedica, race fans gathered @the Deck on Waites Wharf in Newport.  Guests at the Heineken party watched what Rhode Island has been waiting and preparing two years for - the race headed to its only North American stopover in Newport.

 The fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s are on their way to  Newport for a twelve-day public celebration
 in the Ocean State May 5 - 17 at Fort Adams State Park. The event will include shore side activities, team compounds , concerts, entertainment, a marine Exploration Zone and racing within yards of the shore line.

Under a year ago, a young and inexperienced Team Alvimedica sailed out of Newport, RI on a Transatlantic training run to Europe to prepare for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. Ten months later, skipper Charlie Enright, 30, of Bristol, RI, and his crew have logged more than 40,000 ocean miles and now have their sights set on winning the 5,000-mile leg to their homeport.

Charlie Enright interviewed on the
docks today before leaving Itajai,
Brazil - next time he's off the boat
it will be on home soil.
Photo: Ainhoa Sanchez/
Volvo Ocean Race
In excruciatingly light conditions at the start in Itajai, Enright and crew eked out a narrow lead at the first mark in the team's quest to be the first to Newport. Due to the light in shore breeze, the race committee changed a portion of the ln-shore loop to send the boats offshore more quickly in what will hopefully be more favorable racing.  Alvimedica led the pack out of Itajai on their way home to the U.S.

"It will be very exciting to see family and friends and hopefully the massive crowds of people that await us," Enright said before docking out. "The team is in a good place, we have been training in the right direction, and we're poised to have a good leg."

"I have been looking forward to this leg since the start. We feel really privileged
to do this race and in addition it comes to Newport, which makes it really special for me.  The maritime industry is a big part of the economy in Rhode Island and I know everyone is looking forward to our arrival. I think there will be big crowds on the water and on the land when we get there. It's a real homecoming."

Enright is joined onboard by fellow Rhode Islander Nick Dana, 29, of Newport who is the boat captain and bowman. The team's Onboard Reporter is Amory Ross, 30, of Newport.  Team co-founder and watch captain is Mark Towill, 26, of Kanehoe, HI, who after his years at Brown University with Enright, calls Rhode Island his second home.

Amory Ross is excited to share the team's stories and images over the next two weeks as the team races toward home. "There is something very romantic about sailing home. Any time you come home from a long trip, it's always a good feeling to return home. It's a story I am really looking forward to tell.  To have the added incentive os sailing to Rhode Island is a very special thing."

With Newport as the team's official homeport, the team is certain to be pushing themselves to the limit to beat the fleet home. This is where the young team trained and set out from 10 months ago. The team has since logged about 40,000 miles and grown together as a team and steadily improved their performance since the start of the Volvo Ocean Race last October.

 "It's really a dream come true to be able to sail into Narragansett Bay as part of this race. Seeing the Newport Bridge from Rhode Island Sound will be pretty surreal. That will be the moment when it all kicks in for me. It's a big moment for me - it's where I grew up sailing - and it' a big moment for our team. It's where we did two transatlantics last summer and that's where our team started coming together."

Newport Mayor Jeanne Napolitano
officially received the ceremonial baton pass from the Itajai Mayor and wiished Charlie Enright  (L) and team fair sailing.
Photo: Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica/
Volvo Ocean Rac
Newport Ready to Celebrate!
Once the fleet arrives in Newport, a 12-day public celebration will be hosted by Sail Newport, Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center, the State of Rhode Island, its Department of Environmental Management, The City of Newport and Discover Newport. Events will include entertainment, a marine Exploration Zone, kids' activities, a food court, team compounds, Heineken Docks beer garden, sponsor pavilions, a theater, up-close viewing of the race boats during Pro-Am and In-Port racing and the Leg Start to Lisbon on May 17 all from Fort Adams State Park.

Team Alvimedica race crew for Leg 6: Alberto Bolzan, 32, (ITA); Nick Dana, 29, (Newport, RI, USA); Charlie Enright, 30, (Bristol, RI, USA); Ryan Houston, 32, (NZL); Sebastien Marsset, 30, (FRA); Will Oxley, 49, (AUS); Dave Swete, 30, (NZL); Mark Towill, 26, (Kanehoe, HI, USA); and OnBoard Reporter Amory Ross, 30, (Newport, RI, USA).

Team Alvimedica is the youngest entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, the world's toughest and longest sporting event. The crew is led by American skipper Charlie Enright, age 30. Alvimedica, the European based medical devices company, is the team's owner. Founded in 2007, Alvimedica is a fast growing challenger in the global field of interventional cardiology, committed to developing minimally-invasive technologies. This is the team's first entry in the extremely challenging 39,000-mile race that started October 11, 2014 from Alicante, Spain and features stopovers in 11 ports around the world.

In the United States, TV coverage continues on the NBC Sports Network AND OutsideTelevision. Check local listings.

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Contact: Jane Eagleson, Team Alvimedica, Head of Communications,



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Monday, April 13, 2015

Newport Daffodil Days Festival 4/17/2015 TO 4/19/2015

Newport Daffodil Days Festival
Date: 4/17/2015 TO 4/19/2015
Time: 5:30 PM TO 5:30 PM

13 Bowen's Wharf
Newport, RI 02840


Event Description: Stroll along our brick and cobblestone walkways, enjoy live music, daffodil-themed plantings and window decorating on the wharf. Daffy & Free activities throughout Newport including doggie parade, bike ride and more.
Bowen's and Bannister's Wharves, Newport, RI. Also along Bellevue Avenue, Ruggles Avenue/Ballard Park, and Cliff Walk at Salve Regina.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Newport Marathon

The Newport Marathon will take place on October 11, 2015 and feature all of the beauty and grandeur the City By The Sea has to offer. The only marathon and half-marathon in Newport, the course is simply astounding: winding ocean-side roads, miles of waterfront views and sweeping vistas of the grand mansions along Bellevue Avenue.

The races will begin at 7:30 AM in Newport, Rhode Island and travel through the city, as well as neighboring, Middletown. The race will utilize a USATF-certified course and can be used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and all other major marathon events.

The Races

Whether you're an advanced runner looking to qualify for the Boston Marathon, or just looking for a scenic jog and walk, The Newport Marathon and Half Marathon promises a good time for participants of all speeds.

Note: The Middletown portion of the marathon course is pending final approval on May 18.

A 26.2 mile running tour of Aquidneck Island. This seaside USATF certified course showcases the best of Newport and Middletown, Rhode Island

Register Course Map
The scenic first half of the marathon course features historic Downtown Newport, Fort Adams, Ocean Drive and the famous Bellevue Avenue mansions

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Audrain Automobile Museum

The Audrain Automobile Museum, located at 222 Bellevue Avenue, Newport was established in the fall of 2014 with the mission of becoming one of the most highly regarded automotive museums in New England.

A car museum is quintessential Americana, nothing less than an ode to the nations love affair with the automobile.  The most fervid moments are fully captured at the Audrain Automobile Museum in Newport.

The automobile collections on display include some of the rarest and most remarkable vehicles in history, ranging from the beginning of the 20th century to modern day.  The entire collection is never on display at any one time.  Each temporary exhibition features 15-20 cars.  This allows visitors and members to enjoy a new experience every 3-4 months as the theme of each installation is changed.

Now exhibiting the "Supercar, basically that is the car that has one purpose, and that is to go insanely fast!  It is not meant to go to the food store, it's meant to hold two people and go really fast and make a statement when you show up at your destination," sums up Matthew Newton, the museum's at large curator.

Audrain Automobile Museum,
222 Bellevue Avenue,

(401) 856 4420

Open Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 military and children 12 and younger.

Friday, April 10, 2015

We are open!

Villa 120 opens today Friday 10th April 2015 after a very long and cold winter.  Have spent the last few weeks Spring cleaning, painting, garden clearing and planting.

We are squeeky clean and looking good - fresh and energized for a wonderful Newport season of fun and frolics.

This year is particularly exciting, Volvo Races comes to Newport in May, a new automobile museum has opened and we have the Newport marathon coming in October just to mention a couple of fabulous, diverse and exciting opportunities to bring you to our fabulous City by the Sea.

Over the next few weeks I will be writing regularly to keep you up-dated with all events but if you have a particular question - just call me!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Newport Antiques Show July 25th - July 27th 2014 - Newport R.I.

The Newport Antiques Show will celebrate its 7th anniversary in the summer of 2014. The Show runs Friday July 25th through Sunday July 27, 2014 at St. George’s School in Middletown, RI. It opens with the elegant Gala Preview Party on Thursday July 24, 2013.

In addition to antiques from esteemed dealers, the 2014 show will feature a loan exhibit entitled Fifty Objects That Shaped Rhode Island History. The exhibit strives to tell the state's story from its founding through the 20th century via such items as Roger Williams' compass-sundial and the shirt Governor Garrahy wore during the Blizzard of 1978.
The 2014 loan exhibit, Fifty Objects That Changed Rhode Island History, will be co-presented by the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Newport Historical Society.

Since 2007, the Newport Antiques Show has culled some of the most elegant and important Americana antiques for its massive annual shows. Show manager Diana H. Bittel, a distinguished antiques dealer in her own right, carefully selects the dealers to be featured, eventually inviting a lucky 40 to showcase their wares. With paintings, furniture, folk art, jewelry, and other one-of-a-kind pieces, antiques aficionados are sure to find an item that complements their home decor, appeals to their sense of history, or gives them a convenient shortcut to Narnia. The show also gives back by benefiting the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.