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Community Boating Center (CBC) will volunteeer at the Volvo Ocean Race Exploration Zone at the “Community Sailing - This is Sailing!” booth at Fort Adams in Newport, RI.

The “Exploration Zone,” officially opening May 9, features more than 20 interactive exhibits on marine life, sailing, ocean conservation, wind, water and weather experiences, and marine technology. Encourage your children’s teacher(s) to schedule a field trip to the race village and the educational Exploration Zone.

Learn more:

Charlie Enright, a young Rhode Island native who has already accumulated thousands of offshore miles and inshore racing results - including a Transatlantic and Rolex Fastnet Race in 2011. Before dedicating his full time to the Volvo Ocean Race campaign, Charlie was working at North Sails Rhode Island and managed multiple sailing campaigns for All American Ocean Racing.

Learn more about Charlie:

What is the Volvo Ocean Race?
It’s the leading round-the-world sailing race for teams, with a series of stops that give fans the chance to experience the In-Port Race series. It began life in 1973 and was then known as the Whitbread. Today it is sailing's biggest offshore race and one of the most coveted prizes in the sport. It lasts for nearly nine months - it’s the longest sport event in the world.

For more information on the history of the race, check out our Memories section.

When is the next edition?
The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will start from Alicante, Spain on October 4, 2014. The race will finish in Gothenburg, Sweden with a final in-port race on June 27, 2015. Check out our easy-to-read table with exact dates.

What is the route?
11 ports, 38,739 nautical miles - for a quick overview of the route, go the the Route section. The route map is available here.

Where can I learn about the sailors?
Seven teams will cross the start line in October in Alicante:

  1. Team SCA, the first all-female team to compete in the race since 2001-02.
  2. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, back for a second race with British skipper Ian Walker.
  3. Dongfeng Race Team from China, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier.
  4. Team Brunel from the Netherlands, skippered by race veteran Bouwe Bekking.
  5. Team Alvimedica with a double flag Turkey/USA, skippered by American youngster Charlie Enright.
  6. A Spanish team, whose main title sponsor has yet to be revealed, skippered by Iker Martínez.
  7. Team Vestas Wind from Denmark, skippered by Australian sailor Chris Nicholson.

Tell me about the boat:
The new one-design Volvo Ocean 65 is the boat that will be used for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. There is a whole section about this radical, high-performance, world-class, tough, affordable boat here.

John O’Flaherty, Executive Director of CBC commented, “Community sailing is the gateway for future sailors of all ages to turn their sailing dreams into reality. We look forward to continuing to provide very affordable learn to sail and on-the-water programs for everyone in Rhode Island.”

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail and paddle. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

For additional information contact:

John O'Flaherty
Executive Director
Community Boating Center
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)