Volvo Ocean Race Newport
Volvo stopover in Newport @ Ft Adams May 7, 2015 Volvo Aerials Photo © Dan Nerney

{Photo by Dan Nerney/Sail Newport}

The Volvo Ocean Race will return to Newport, R.I. 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, details regarding events and activities that will happen during the Newport Stopover will be announced when organized.

“Newport hosted the most successful North American stopover in the history of the race and Rhode Island will be ready again with an enthusiastic family-friendly public festival and celebration in May 2018.” said Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport and Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover Director.

Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

At a recent press conference, Adolfo Rodríguez from the Volvo Ocean Race joined Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, and the City of Cardiff Council Leader, Cllr Phil Bale, to announce that Cardiff had been chosen as the transatlantic stopover, when the race will visit from May 25-June 10.

“We are thrilled that the race will connect Newport with Cardiff and the North Atlantic leg between our cities could break the 24-hour speed record in the fierce conditions,” said Read.

“The transatlantic race between Newport and Cardiff promises to be one of the real highlights of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. The event is returning to the United Kingdom for the first time in 12 years, but this is the first time our world-class fleet will have visited Wales, despite the country’s rich seafaring tradition. “Cardiff’s harbour will make the perfect backdrop for our boats, which will follow after what we expect to be another highly successful stopover in Newport.” said Antonio Bolaños López, acting CEO, Volvo Ocean Race.

Other stopovers already announced for the 2017-18 edition include Alicante (Spain), Cape Town (South Africa), Auckland (New Zealand), Lisbon (Portugal) and Gothenburg (Sweden).

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