2018-05-24 / Around Town

Volvo Ocean Race Send Off


In-Port Race and departure to Cardiff, Wales images from the collection by Alexander Nesbitt. In-Port Race and departure to Cardiff, Wales images from the collection by Alexander Nesbitt. The final weekend of the Volvo stopover in Newport was the most popular, with 36,121 visitors counted on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. Those days included the In-Port Race and the start from Newport for the 3,300 nautical mile trans-Atlantic race leg to Cardiff, Wales.

"On Sunday, the fog lifted to provide a stunning race start for spectators when the fleet took a lap around Narragansett Bay, before departing for Cardiff," Susan Maffei Plowden, stopover director said.

In all, a footfall of over 100,000 people took in the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover between May 8 and May 20.

"All of us at Sail Newport were delighted at the turnout in less than perfect weather conditions throughout the 13 days, said Brad Read, executive director, Sail Newport and Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover. "As the Volvo Ocean Race team has said over and over again… Newport is the premier stopover, and it is the knowledgeable, engaged and enthusiastic fans in the U.S. that makes Newport, RI such a great destination for the race."

In addition to spectators, a group of 885 volunteers attended the event to assist with the attractions, provide hospitality support, ensure sustainability on the Green Team, and even don the albatross suit of the race's mascot, Wisdom. Volunteers ranged in age from 14 to 86 with an average age of 55. They hailed from 31 states and 11 countries. They’re CEO’s, accountants, lawyers, nurses, business owners, moms and dads, students, retirees, vacationers, sailing fanatics and more.


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