Located in the historic Armory Building in Newport, RI, the museum features 11,000 sf of exhibits that take you to sea and share the stories of the pros. Using a bracelet with a unique QR code, visitors create their own boat and collect virtual rewards as they complete activities. Their results are stored in a digital locker that they can visit anytime on the museum’s website.
They can use a tiller to navigate to the finishing line in a transpacific race, or test their strength and speed against those of the pros by using a hand-powered winch called a grinder to raise a mainsail. A touch-sensitive floor challenges visitors’ agility, testing the speed and accuracy of their footwork. In another experience, visitors use a wheel to navigate through a harbor to the dock, avoiding obstacles and on-coming boats along the way. In an immersive dome, visitors experience the thrill of a SailGP race from a first-person point of view, flying over the water at 60 mph on a hydrofoil boat, even capsizing. Finally, visitors can design their own burgee (those colorful triangular flags) and take it home from the gift shop.