The busy season is upon us, and we are all gearing up for Memorial Day weekend. Newport is renowned for its prestigious sailing community and we are so proud to host the 3rd leg of the 2014 Atlantic Cup Sailing Championship. Enjoy the fresh ocean breeze, a freshly packed picnic, local concessions and the glorious view as boats cruise across Narragansett Bay with hopes of winning the Atlantic Cup grand prize. Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor is Fort Adams, where you can experience a small piece of Newport’s History while enjoying panoramic views of the east passage of Narragansett Bay. This Memorial Day weekend, Newport is the largest and only dedicated class 40 race in the United States, the 2014 Atlantic Cup. Heading out from the Ivy Lodge to Newport’s scenic Ocean Drive, one could witness a showcase of nautical tactics and athleticism from these sailing crews--a must see for all ages to enjoy with many things to do both on and off the shore.
For more information go to www.atlanticcup.org.
Schedule of Events for Atlantic Cup Newport:
Newport Kids Day:
On May 22nd, the Atlantic Cup will host kids from all over Newport for an up close look at the boats and a special meet and greet with the sailors. Atlantic Cup Kids is a way for kids of all ages to follow the race, learn about the teams, geography and marine life. 2013 Atlantic Cup Champion Dave Rearick of Bodacious Dream and his expert team put together worksheets for elementary school students that can be downloaded on the Atlantic Cup Kids web page. Although Captain Dave won’t be racing in this year’s Atlantic Cup, he will be answering Kids questions and providing insight as he continues his solo circumnavigation. To learn more visit atlanticcup.org/kids
Shipyard Shorts: A Collection of Adventure & Eco Documentarys:
Location: Newport Shipyard: 1 Washington Street Newport RI
7:00PM - Libations, Appetizers + Opportunity to meet & greet with the Atlantic Cup Skippers & tour the boats 8:15PM (sunset) - Films begins
Two options for your evening:
Starting at 7:00PM Libations courtesy of Spiked Seltzer & PBR, Appetizers by Jamestown Fish + Opportunity to meet & greet with the Atlantic Cup skippers & tour the AC boats + Sunset film screening $20/person (purchase online or at the door) - OR - Starting at 8:15PM Sunset film screening only $5/person suggested donation (donate at the door)
Bike Newport will provide a FREE bike valet * BYO Chairs, the venue is concrete * Blankets/Sweaters are encouraged - it could be chilly! * Picnics welcome * Dog-friendly
There will be NO parking available at the Newport Shipyard. Parking options are as follows: Metered parking on Washington Street Resident Parking with sticker Gateway Lot next to the Visitor's Center (first 3 hours free with Resident sticker) Long Wharf Lot next to Newport Yacht Club
Rain Venue: Casino Theater, 9 Freebody Street, Newport (Pre-party ticket holders will be on a list. Film only patrons will be first come, first served)
Newport Skipper Party:
Friday, May 23rd, New England Winner of the 2014 Food & Wine People’s Best New Chef, Executive Chef Matthew MacCartney and Jamestown FiSH hosts the Atlantic Cup teams for a Memorial Day Weekend Kick Off Party! A perfect way to start your long weekend with an opportunity to meet the teams, have a drink and bite to eat all on the beautiful back patio at Jamestown FiSH starting at 6pm. FiSH is located at 14 Narragansett Avenue in Jamestown. Rain location Narragansett Café, 25 Narragansett Ave. Jamestown.
Atlantic Cup Course Wide Shoreline Cleanup
Meeting at Brenton Point & Fort Adams 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Start Memorial Day weekend at a State Park with Clean Ocean Access and help to be part of the wave of change taking good care of the environment and meeting like-minded folks who believe that we can make a difference!
Wear boots or sturdy shoes. Bring your own gloves. We will provide extra gloves, bags, compliments of Home Depot and water and seasonal beverages provided by Empire Tea & Coffee.
May 24th & 25th:
Atlantic Cup 3rd Leg Race Da1 and Day 2
Inshore racing in Narragansett Bay takes place Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th from 12pm to 4pm. The start and finish line for all races will be just off the north lawn of Fort Adams, making that the best place to watch the action. Pack a picnic and enjoy a weekend of sailing. With live commentary and volunteers keeping you up to date you won’t miss any of the action.
Plus Newport Bay Weekend at Fort Adams will have plenty for families of all ages to interact with local businesses and non-profits showcasing Narragansett Bay. Some of the confirmed groups who will be on site include: Clean Ocean Access’ Tiki Hut and Trash Wave, Bike Newport’s Bike Tune Up, Surfrider, Aquidneck Land Trust, Team 1 Newport will have all your sailing merchandise including official Atlantic Cup Atlantis Weathergear apparel.
Prize Giving At the Landing
Prize giving party is Sunday, May 25th from 6pm – 8pm at The Landing in downtown Newport. We will be set up outside adjacent to the Landing and in front of the Lobster Bar. PBR drink specials will be served to celebrate the conclusion of the 4th Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing. The event is free and open to the public.