GSO at America's Cup
America's Cup racing returns to Newport, and the URI Graduate School of Oceanography will be in the thick of it.
The America's Cup World Series holds the final regatta of the year in Newport this June 23 through July 1. Featuring crews from around the world racing their catamarans within sight of Fort Adams, the event format includes both fleet racing (multiple boats) and match racing (two boats racing head-to-head). Previous races this season were held in Portugal, UK, San Diego, Naples Italy and Venice.
The URI Graduate School of Oceanography will be anchoring an Exploration Zone at Fort Adams in Newport, featuring exhibits showcasing research conducted at GSO. In addition, GSO scientists will present short talks most days between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on topics including ocean exploration, robots in the ocean, nautical charts, microscopic predators, hurricane forecasting, changing fish populations in the bay, scientific diving, the law of recreational boating, and water circulation in the bay.
The Exploration Zone will be open from 11am to 5pm on June 23 through June 27, and from 11am through 7pm, with racing between 2pm and 5pm, on June 28 through July 1. Admission to Fort Adams will be charged on race days. On non-race days admission is free.
For further details see the URI press release at http://www.uri.edu/news/releases/?id=6277 and the America's Cup Newport page at http://www.americascup.com/en/Events/2011-2012-world-series/Newport-USA/Fan-Zone/EDUCATION-AND-EXPLORATION-ZONE/
America's Cup photo by Gilles Martin-Raget, used with permission