Rhode Island Governor Raimondo Opens Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village
- America's sailing capital, Newport, Rhode Island, will host the only U.S. stopover
- Estimated Time of Arrival of the boats: Thursday, May 7
NEWPORT, USA, May 5 – Bathed in brilliant sunshine and the warmest temperatures of the year, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read, Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad and Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano officially opened the Race Village for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover at Fort Adams State Park.
Part of the Opening Ceremony included the dedication of the new North Pier at Fort Adams, a 240-foot long concrete pier with seven rows of floating docks capable of berthing craft from dinghies to 65-foot yachts, whether sail or power.
Hosted by Sail Newport, Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center, the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover marks the race's only visit to North America.
The Race Village is open daily through May 17 and admission is free to all ages.
The 12-day public celebration will feature racing off the shore of Fort Adams State Park the weekend of May 14-17, and a marine Exploration Zone that opens Saturday, May 9. Concerts and other entertainment, sponsor pavilions, family games, a "Life at the Extreme" theater, team compounds, try sailing, kids activities, concerts and a working boatyard are also part of the experience.
The Volvo Ocean 65 race boats and a unique cross-section showing belowdecks are available for public viewing.
Ten American sailors and onboard reporters in the Volvo Ocean Race
The Volvo Ocean Race features seven sailors with strong ties to Newport and two more from the U.S. for a total of nine American sailors. Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright, from Bristol, R.I., is the youngest skipper in the race at 30 years of age. Other Newporters include Nick Dana and Amory Ross (the boat captain and onboard reporter, respectively, for Team Alvimedica), Sam Greenfield (onboard reporter for Dongfeng Race Team), Corinna Halloran (onboard reporter for Team SCA). South Dakotan Sarah Hastreiter (crew Team SCA) and Hawaiian Mark Towill (co-founder and watch captain of Team Alvimedica) and both call Newport their adopted home.
Other Americans in the race include Sally Barkow (Waukesha, Wis.), a helmsperson for Team SCA, and Matt Knighton (Chicago, Il.), the onboard reporter for overall race leader Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. A 10th sailor, Sophie Ciszek of Team SCA, holds dual Australian and American citizenship.
Marie LaurensVolvo Ocean Race News Distribution ManagerSpainmlaurens@sunsetvineapp.com+34668103908