Newport gets J-Class sailing race

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Newport lost out on hosting the America's Cup this year but it's getting another big sailing event. The British based J Class Yacht Association has announced that Newport has been selected to host its regatta this summer. Gubernatorial spokesman Mike Trainor says three J-Class yachts will participate in five races.

"It's an exciting event with great viewing options that brings back a class of yachts that haven't been seen in decades," Trainor says, "and really recalls a lot of Newport history of the America's Cup."

The races will begin and end at Fort Adams State Park. According to The Providence Journal, the regatta will be held in June. J-class yachts are large sailing vessels built in the 1930's for the 1937 America's Cup race.

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