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May 22, 2017

Volvo Ocean Race fleet racing in Newport Harbor in May 2015.

Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

UPDATED: Sail Newport to Host Volvo Ocean Race Press Conference and Pep Rally on March 21st


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Sail Newport is inviting the public to attend a Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover press conference and Pep Rally on Tuesday, March 21.

A press release on Wednesday stated there be a major announcement starting promptly at 9:00 a.m. with speakers from the Volvo Ocean Race and Sail Newport. The press conference will be held at Belle Mer, 2 Goat Island, Newport, RI, USA. The public is invited to attend as space permits and coffee and pastries will be served

Update: Sail Newport has moved the start time for this event from 8:30 am to 10 am.

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TIME HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 10 a.m. TUESDAY
NEWPORT, RI (17 March 2017) – The public is invited to attend the Sail Newport Volvo Ocean Race press conference and Pep Rally on

Tuesday, March 21 starting at 10:00 a.m.   The major announcement will feature speakers from the Volvo Ocean Race and Sail Newport.

The press conference will be held at Belle Mer, 2 Goat Island, Newport, RI, USA. The public is invited to attend as space permits and coffee will be served starting at 9:30 a.m. at Belle Mer.
“We’re encouraging sailing fans to come and help us show Newport’s excitement about the Volvo Ocean Race coming back to Rhode Island,” says Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport.
Also, Sail Newport will host a reception to celebrate the announcement at the Clarke Cooke House, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be available.
The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover in 2015 was a huge success as over 130,000 people attended and enjoyed the racing, entertainment and hospitality of the public shore side festival. The Race starts October 22, 2017 from Alicante, Spain and will make its only North American stop in Newport, RI, May 8-20, 2018.

The Volvo Ocean Race will return to Newport for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover from May 8th – May 20th, 2018. Sailors will arrive in Newport from Brazil around May 8th, will host an in-port race on May 19th and the leg start from Newport to Cardiff will take place on May 20th. Newport will once again be the race’s only North American stopover.
The press conference and pep rally will be live streamed for those who can’t make the event, details for the live feed will be released on www.sailnewport.org on Monday, March 20th.

ABOUT THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE NEWPORT STOPOVER

The only North American Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race will be hosted by Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, the State of Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management (DEM), Discover Newport, and the City of Newport. This two-week stopover celebration and festival will be open to the public for free and will include a Race Village (opens May 8, 2018) with entertainment, a marine Exploration Zone (opens May 12, 2018), kids activities, a food court, team compounds, sponsor pavilions and a theater. On-the-water activities and sailing events are scheduled for each day such as Try Sailing for families, M32 and other sailboat racing, up-close viewing of the race boats at dock and racing during the Pro-Am Race, the In-Port Races, and the boat parade and Leg Start to Cardiff, Wales (May 20, 2018) All sailing will take place within yards of the Race Village on the shoreline at Fort Adams State Park.


Information from a Sail Newport/Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover press release was used in this story.

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