Mike and Maryellen Ferring flew to Newport, RI, to see the Volvo Ocean Racers’ only U.S. stop on their chase around the world. Here are pictures that Mike took over the course of three days.
Slide Show: Volvo Ocean Race Blitzes Newport
Contrasts. Volvo Ocean Racer and a 12-meter America's Cup boat (used for tourist rides).
Parked at the Newport Boat Yard, this is the fastest monohull boat of them all. Jim and Kristy Clark's VPLP 100-foot Super Maxi usually driven by North Sails President Ken Read.
The broad stern, designed for speed on a reach. The stern rail is the main traveler.
Carbon upon carbon. Dollars and dollars.
Working the 154-foot tall mast.
This is just one of the many super yachts docked at the Newport Boat Yard.
Two grizzled skippers. Mike and Ian.
Yes, that's the trophy for the winning boat. We got to hold it for a minute.
Starting off the morning right.
Maryellen squeezes the "Save the Albatrosses" mascot.
Ian Walker, skipper of Abu Dhabi racing.
Alvametica skipper Charlie Enright.
Clarke Cooke House restaurant.
VOR estimated the crowd at over 125,000 for the length of the stop.
A young SCA fan.