16 Mar Sail Newport Hosts Volvo Ocean Race Major Announcement & Pep Rally

The Volvo Ocean Race shines a huge spotlight on our state and our industry. We hope the Rhode Island marine trades will do all they can to support this global event–and you’ll have a chance to do so at a Sail Newport Volvo Ocean Race Press Conference & Pep Rally on March 21.

The major announcement will feature speakers from the Volvo Ocean Race and Sail Newport, and takes place at Belle Mer (2 Goat Island, Newport, RI). The event begins with coffee and pastries at 8:30 am with an announcement starting promptly at 9:00 am.

“We’re encouraging sailing fans to come and help us show Newport’s excitement about the Volvo Ocean Race coming back to Rhode Island,” says Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport.

The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover in 2015 was a huge success as over 130,000 people attended and enjoyed the racing, entertainment and hospitality of the public shoreside festival. The 2017-18 Race starts October 22, 2017 from Alicante, Spain, and will make its only North American stop in Newport, May 8-20, 2018.

LIVE STREAMING: The March 21 event will be live streamed for those who can’t make it. Check the home page at sailnewport.org for information. Learn more about the Newport stopover at volvooceanracenewport.com