Team Alvimedica, skippered by Bristol’s Charlie Enright and managed by Mark Towill, is expected to arrive in Newport next week (tentatively on June 9-11) after sailing out of Lisbon on Friday.
It will be a first glimpse here of the ‘home team’ boat that is prepping for the around-the-world 2014-1015 Volvo Ocean Race that starts Oct. 5. Among the race’s 11 stops will be one in Newport next May.
“They had a great start out of Lisbon — 30 knots of wind on a reach — they were just flying,” said Brad Read, director of the race’s North American Stopover next May in Newport.
Later on, they plan to cross the equator close to where they will in the real race, a move that will give them good practice for the actual 2015 leg from Brazil to Newport.
Mr. Read, who also directs Sail Newport, said he hopes people will turn out to greet the boat and crew when they arrive.
“Charlie is from Bristol so there’s a lot for people in the East Bay — people from this whole region to get really excited about.”
The arrival is “going to be so much fun, either by boat or on foot down at Newport Shipyard … a real first chance for us here to cheer on this amazing boat and crew. I hope people will give them a rousing cheer.” By visiting the the website www.volvooceanracenewport.com, fans can check on the boat’s progress and sign up for text arrival alerts.
Visitors will be welcome to visit throughout the stay and at a number of events, including a boat naming ceremony on June 28.
While sailors may already know of Charlie Enright’s sailing talent, “I’m hoping that our non-sailing neighbors in Bristol, Central Falls — everywhere — will get excited about this incredibly colorful team … Charlie is the youngest sailor in the race buy a good chunk but those around him already have an incredible amount of respect for his ability.”
Newport has already been visited by two boats — the all-women Team SCA, and then Team Dongfeng, the entry from China. That boat arrived aboard a yacht-carrier ship that anchored off Portsmouth’s East Passage Yachting Center to unload a dozen or so boats. It was scheduled to be shipped back to Portugal last Thursday.
In Newport, the Volvo 65 race boats have been taking guests and the media out for sails from Newport Shipyard.
Sad end for Saratoga
The decommissioned aircraft carrier Saratoga, which has been rusting away at a Navy
dock in Newport, is headed for the scrapyard after the Navy paid one penny to a Texas scrapyard to dismantle the 81,101-ton carrier that blockaded Soviet ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis and participated in a 1986 air strike against Libya.
Naval Sea Systems Command announced that Saratoga will be towed to Brownsville, Texas, later this year for scrapping by ESCO Marine.
There had been an effort to convert ‘Super Sara’ to a Rhode Island air and sea museum but the Navy decided in 2010 that those plans were not feasible.
Saratoga is the second of three conventionally-powered carriers headed for the ship breakers. All Star Metals took the Forrestal earlier this year, also for a penny. A third contract is pending for the Constellation, with International Shipbreaking Ltd.
The carrier, the sixth Saratoga in the US fleet, was decommissioned in 1994 after 38 years in service.
Mastering the Craft
International Yacht Restoration School brings back its summer series, Mastering the Craft, with a focus on Making with Modern Materials in 2014. The series offers a look at modern craftsmanship by engaging master makers, builders, and companies in the local area who work with composite materials. There will be four special access opportunities, scheduled on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. at the following manufacturer locations:
• June 6: Clear Carbon & Components (Bristol) with Matt Dunham
• June 20: Hall Composites (Bristol) with Ben Hall and Pete Levesque
• July 18: IYRS School of Composites Technology (Bristol) with Henry Eliot & Dirk Kramer
• August 1: TPI Composites (Warren) with Steve Nolet
The series will culminate on Friday, Aug. 15, with a public roundtable discussion. The series participants will be joined by Ping Fu, 3D printing entrepreneur, for a conversation moderated by Richard Saul Wurman, American architect and graphic designer.
For more information or to reserve a tour ticket, contact Loriana De Crescenzo, at [email protected] or 401-848-5777 x 204.
Dragons take bronze
St. George’s School (Middletown) finished third in the Interscholastic Sailing Association’s National Championship Regatta sailed May 24-25 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Texas. Point Loma High School finished first and Annapolis High School second in racing for the Baker Trophy.
Sailing on the St. George’s team were Roger Dorr, Will Logue, Oliver Parsons and Miranda Bakos.
D-Day at the Cove
Battleship Cove will embark on a Saturday, June 7, day-long celebration of the 70 anniversary of the Allies’ historic June 6, 1944, invasion of the beaches of Normandy.
At 10 a.m., a ceremony led by Battleship Cove Executive Director, Brad King, will take place to commemorate those who fought 70 years ago.
The ceremony will start with the marching of the Honor Guard and the playing of the National Anthem by Navy Band Northeast followed by an invocatione. The ceremony will conclude with a laying of a wreath, 21-gun salute and a rendition of Road to the Isles, Blue Bonnet and Hieland’ Laddie by bag pipers.
D-Day Veteran, Robert Forcier, will also be in attendance.
There will be displays of weapons and uniforms from both sides of the action in front of a landing craft of the type used on the Omaha and Utah beaches. There will also be two WWII Jeeps on display, and Professor Steve Kornatz, of the Naval War College (Newpott) will present a talk on Operation Neptune – the maritime component of D-Day.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.battleshipcove.org.
The aircraft carrier Saratoga, here underway in 1992, will head to the scrapyard after the Navy paid a salvage company one cent to take the former flattop apart. (PH3 Bruce W. Moore / Navy)
Team Alvimedica prepares the boat for the transatlantic sail to Newport last week. (Amory Ross, Volvo Ocean Race photo)