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RI News
8:44 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Thousands Gather In Newport To Bid Farewell To The Volvo Ocean Race

Boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race sail under the Newport bridge as they depart the City-by-the-Sea.
Credit Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

The six teams competing in the international Volvo Ocean Race departed Newport Sunday.It's the last time the sailors will see land until they reach Lisbon, Portugal.

Thousands of people turned up to Fort Adams in Newport, Sunday to see the crews off.  The City by the Sea has played host to the Volvo Ocean Race for the last week and a half.  It’s the only stopover city in the U.S. and North America.

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On Sports
8:05 am
Sat May 9, 2015

$3 Million Sailing Center Opening At Roger Williams University

Festivities in Newport surrounding the Volvo Ocean Race are not the only significant sailing activities in Rhode Island waters on Saturday.

Roger Williams University in Bristol will cut the ribbon on its new $3 million sailing center in conjunction with the 11th Annual Captain’s Cup, a regatta featuring current RWU sailors, alumni sailors and their parents.

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RI News
10:00 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Arrival Of Volvo Ocean Race Draws Thousands To Newport

Team Alvimedica, which include three crew members who call Newport home.
Credit Kristi Wilson / Team Alvimedica

The international sailing world is on display in Newport, as teams from the Volvo Ocean Race make their only North American stop in the City by the Sea. The next week of events is expected to generate millions of dollars and draw thousands of tourists.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender headed down to Newport to see what all the fuss is about.

In the dead of night on Thursday, a chilly air settled over Fort Adams State Park. A crowd of 7,000 excited spectators thronged the lawn, waiting to catch a glimpse of the boats arriving in the Volvo Ocean Race.

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RI News
8:28 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Native Rhode Islanders Sail Towards Home In The Volvo Ocean Race

Team Alvimedica, which has three Rhode Islanders, sailing the 6th leg of the race towards Newport.
Credit Amory Ross / Team Alvimedica

The six sailing teams in the Volvo Ocean Race are speeding closer to Newport, where they’re expected to dock later this week. The race is one of the biggest in the sailing world, covering some 40-thousand nautical miles. It takes nine months to complete. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender caught up with a sailor on one of the boats. Nick Dana hails from Newport, at 29,  he’s one of the youngest crew members for Team Alvimedica. Dana spoke by a satellite phone as the team heads from Brazil towards the east coast.

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RI News
8:46 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Set To Arrive In Newport This Week

Members of team Alvimedica in the Volvo Ocean Race during the leg from Brazil to Newport. Members of the team are from Rhode Island.
Credit Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean race is expected to arrive in Newport this week.  The City by the Sea is the race’s only stopover in the U.S.

    

Sailing fans consider this the Super Bowl of international ocean sailboat racing. Held about once every four years, the international race kicks off in Spain and ends in Sweden.  It takes about nine months to complete. Seven teams are competing this year.

Race commentator Andy Green said the boats are on their way following, after a stop in Brazil.

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