Q: How will I be able to view the World Championship races?
A: The racing will take place on Rhode Island Sound. The fleet will be visible from land while transiting the East Passage of Narragansett Bay to and from the racecourse along the shorelines of Newport (including Fort Adams, Castle Hill and Brenton Point) and Jamestown (Beavertail Lighthouse).
Where to View:
From July 8-13, most of the fleet will be docked at Fort Adams (Sail Newport’s “Volvo docks”), so that the public can see the 12 Metres up close and interact with crews after racing. That will be around 4:00 p.m. each day.
At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, fans can cheer on their favorite teams during the International 12 Metre Parade, which will pass by every wharf on the east side of Newport Harbor (e.g., Bannister’s and Bowen’s) before the teams head out for their final race of the series.
The 12 Metres can be seen coming and going to the race course from Fort Adams, Castle Hill, Beavertail, and, with binoculars, Brenton Point.
All matters concerning racing specifics will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 (RRS), Equipment Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 (ERS), 12mR Class Rules, 12mR By-Laws and official race documents provided to the competitors including the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and any Amendments thereto. The answers below are only intended to provide reference information.