Hundreds of Sailboats Launch The Newport Regatta

Jul 11, 2014

The Newport Regatta kicks off Friday with 200 – 250 sailboats racing off the Rhode Island coast. They’ll be out just north of the Pell Bridge, near the Newport Harbor and out farther in the ocean.

The Pell Bridge in Newport, the backdrop to the regatta.

Sail Newport is hosting the event. Its executive director Brad Read said one of the best places to watch the action is on the northern lawn at Ft. Adams.

“You’ll be able to see the boats coming in and out of the harbor at around ten o’clock in the morning, and then there’s the circle of racing right off shore near Goat Island,” said Read. “It’s just such an amazing backdrop to an already iconic area to sail.”

Read said the regatta features sailors from around the world. He said Sail Newport is working with a firm to measure the race’s economic impact.

The Newport Regatta runs through Sunday.

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