Newport Readies For 2015 Volvo Ocean Race

Nov 20, 2013

Sailing officials from around the globe are in Newport this week getting ready for the next Volvo Ocean Race. The race starts in October of 2014 and makes a stop in Newport in May of 2015. This will be the only North American stop. Discover Newport CEO Evan Smith said the race will deliver exposure that will pay off for years to come.

A portion of the America's Cup race held in Newport in 2012.
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

“As people see the events on TV, follow it on their iPhone, people are going to be inspired to visit the state. So the impact is going to be measured not only during the event time period but also the allure and the inspiration that people get to come to a beautiful place like this one, two, three, four years after," said Smith

Newport beat out Baltimore. Evans said Miami was the North American stop in the last Volvo Ocean Race three years ago.

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