Cultural Events


One of the aspects that differentiates Newport Sailing Week from other National and International regattas is the cultural tie-in. Our aim is to reach out to sailors and the local community alike and offer a different prospective on sailing and whatit represents through the eyes of world’s best photographers.

In 2010, Cory Silken, known for his unmistakable dynamic sepia-tone panoramas, held a breathtaking exhibit at the Village called “Color of the Wind”. Brilliantly saturated, the images exhibited were some of the most stunning ports of call, including Grenada, Newport, Palma de Mallorca, Porto Cervo, and St. Barths.

In 2011, Franco Pace presented “The Sails of Franco Pace” exhibit. The exhibition summarized the fantastic body of work from the photographer during the last 30 years in the field of yachting. Franco’s large spectacular images brilliantly portray the magic of sailing on different seas around the world.

In 2012, Onne van der Wal accepted our invitation to display his “Best of the Best” collection. Onne van der Wal’s award-winning nautical photography is recognized by its unique composition, brilliant colors, tack-sharp details, and his attention to the technicalities of digital photography.

In 2013, we hosted and presented an “America’s Cup” photography exhibit by nautical photographer Cory Silken. A memorabilia of the most important milestones of one of the oldest regattas in the world.

In 2014, we worked with Cushy Gigs, a Wynwood based creative team, engaging ten local street artists to create ten custom-tailored white canvasses shaped as jibs showcasing sailing through their imagination. The sails were displayed at the iconic premier open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment destination in Coconut Grove.

Sailing Dreams is the title of SM Sailing Week Annual Art Exhibit presented in conjunction with the Miami and Newport sailing events. For 2015, we invited to Miami light painting forerunner Vicki DaSilva. The exhibit will be open daily from 10 AM to 7 PM  from June 28th to July 5th and will be located at Bowen’s Wharf – Newport.

In 2016 In collaboration with Wooden Boat Magazine we created a New England style boatbuilding workshop and constructed, in a week time, an 11’LOA wooden boat Shellback sailboat. In addition Italian artist Roberto Fiorentino displayed in a popup gallery sailing inspired paintings while in the courtyard Mall goers admired photographs of the competing sailboats.

In 2017 for the first time, music was the cultural component of both the Miami and Newport Sailing Weeks. In both cities, local bands were invited to showcase their best tunes and get sailors and the community to dance under the starts.

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta starting today... here a TBT photo from 2016 by 📷 Cory Silken ...

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An update on Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag crew member John Fisher, from Richard Brisius, the President of the Volvo Ocean Race:

This morning I am extremely sad to inform you that one of our sailors, John Fisher, from Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, is now presumed to have been lost at sea.

This is heart-breaking for all of us. As sailors and race organisers losing a crew member at sea is a tragedy we don't ever want to contemplate. We are devastated and our thoughts are with John's family, friends and teammates.

Yesterday, just after 1300 UTC, Race Control for the Volvo Ocean Race were informed of a man overboard situation by Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. We immediately coordinated with the team as well as the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, who have located a ship and diverted it towards the scene. But at current speeds it remains over a day away.

With the rest of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet approximately 200 miles downwind, sending them back upwind to assist, against gale to storm force winds, was not a viable option.

The team conducted an exhaustive search for several hours in extremely challenging weather conditions, but they were unable to recover their teammate.

Given the cold water temperature and the extreme sea state, along with the time that has now passed since he went overboard, we must now presume that John has been lost at sea.

All of us here at the Volvo Ocean Race organisation send our heartfelt condolences out to John's family, his friends and his teammates and we will do everything in our power to support them in this very difficult time. The team has now resumed heading in a north-easterly direction.

In fact, the team is currently in a challenging position – the weather is deteriorating and is forecast to be quite severe over the course of today.

The crew is, of course, emotionally and physically drained after what they have just experienced. Our sole focus now is to provide all the support and assistance that we can to the team.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to John's family.

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