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RACE VILLAGE: Crowds gather in Newport for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in May 2015. The 2017-2018 race stopover marked the second time Newport served as the sole North American locale to host the around-the-world yacht race. In the first week, the race village at Fort Adams State Park saw more than 40,000 ­visitors. / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/MARC BOW

Marketing and sailing rewards, but departures too in 2018

R.I. Commerce Corp. last year unveiled a much-anticipated statewide tourism marketing campaign that included an updated website and digital ad initiative.Both centered on what...

Tall ship sinking in red ink

The Oliver Hazard Perry launched in 2015, one of the largest full-sailed educational and training ships in the country, and the first built in...
WHAT TO DO? Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, the nonprofit organization supporting the state's official school vessel and tall ship ambassador, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, announced the ship would be docked for an indefinite amount of time as the group weighs its financial future. / COURTESY OLIVER HAZARD PERRY RHODE ISLAND/TED NEIGHBORS

What should the state do now that the nonprofit controlling the...

The news that the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry had “paused” operations was a sad reminder that not all grand plans succeed. The nonprofit that...
OLIVER HAZARD PERRY Rhode Island, the nonprofit organization supporting the state's official school vessel and tall ship ambassador, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, announced Tuesday the ship would be docked for an indefinite amount of time as the group weighs its financial future. An unknown amount of layoffs have also been made as the staff and crew are cut back to a "minimal" presence. / COURTESY OLIVER HAZARD PERRY RHODE ISLAND/TED NEIGHBORS

Sails empty as Oliver Hazard Perry “pauses” due to foggy financial...

NEWPORT – Anchors on the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry hit the sea floor Wednesday after a statement by its parent nonprofit noted financial difficulties...
STUDENTS ONBOARD THE 200-foot-tall SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island's official sailing-education vessel, which has released its 2018 program schedule, featuring a full year of travel with stops in Charleston, S.C., St. Petersburg, Fla., Cuba and Jamaica. / COURTESY MARK RUSSELL

Tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry releases 2018 program schedule

NEWPORT – The 200-foot-tall SSV Oliver Hazard Perry tall ship is prepared for a full year of travel including stops in Charleston, S.C., St....
OLIVER HAZARD PERRY RHODE ISLAND is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide educational experiences at sea, says Executive Director Jessica Wurzbacher. The 200-foot, oceangoing ship was completed in 2015, with a permanent home of Fort Adams in Newport. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Effective leadership on land echoes it at sea

­Jessica Wurzbacher | Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island executive directorExecuting on a mission as ambitious as ours requires meeting a number of challenges, and...
A FUNDRAISING EVENT was held June 30 for the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, at which close to 350 guests raised more than $100,000 for the “Experience, Education, Exploration” theme of the night. From left, Kathy Vespia, member of the Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island board of directors; Jessica Wurzbacher, OHPRI executive director; Dan Wurzbacher; Steve Wurzbacher; and Bonnie Wurzbacher. /COURTESY OLIVER HAZARD PERRY RHODE ISLAND

Summer celebration raises more than $100K for Oliver Hazard Perry

NEWPORT – The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was dockside for a fundraising event on its behalf on June 30, at which close to 350...

Is tall ship sticking to mission?

(Updated 10:58 a.m. with Dunbar comment) The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, named for the 19th-century Rhode Islander and U.S. Navy commodore, was always envisioned as...
SAIL MOVES: A reception onboard the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry in late September 2014. More than 58 companies to date have participated in the construction of the tall ship, which will begin its programs in the spring. / COURTESY MEDIA PRO INTERNATIONAL

R.I. firms bring tall ship to life

How many hands did it take to build the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, the first full-rigged, ocean-worthy tall ship to be built in the...

BankNewport gives to Oliver Hazard Perry

BankNewport recently presented a $1,200 donation to the Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island organization, which will put the money toward the ongoing construction of...
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