NEWPORT – Area boaters are being asked to take notice of safety zone regulations during the America’s Cup World Series, which will race through the East Passage of Narragansett Bay June 23 through July 1.
The ACWS host committee said it’s a common misconception that the bay is shut down, but a safety zone will be in effect each race day by 1:30 p.m.
The committee advised that sailors wishing to transit the bay during racing use the West Passage or Sakonnet River for easiest access.
Racing actually begins June 28 and ends July 1. It will go from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. June 27 will be a practice race day.
America’s Cup activities begin on June 23 with the Sail Newport Youth Challenge on June 23 and 24 and the opening of the AWCS Village at Fort Adams State Park.
The committee also advises the park is the best place to watch racing. Boaters on the water, it said, will have limited views due to the wide safety zone.
The village will have food courts, entertainment, and exhibitions centering on Rhode Island’s heritage in ocean exploration and marine trades.