NEWPORT, RI (March 10, 2020) – Sail Newport and The Ocean Race announced today that for the third consecutive edition of the competition, The Ocean Race will make its only North American stopover in Newport in the spring of 2022.
The Rhode Island stopover will be one of ten stops during the eight-month 38,000 nautical-mile race around the world, which begins in Alicante, Spain, in October of 2021 and finishes in Genoa, Italy in June of 2022.
“This is terrific news for our state, again bringing global attention to Newport and Rhode Island as premier tourist destinations and promising to generate tens of millions of dollars in spending and economic impact,” says Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island.
“I am grateful that The Ocean Race recognizes the value of coming back to the Ocean State and equally grateful to our partner and the official event host, Sail Newport, which has worked hard to ensure this successful event returns,” she adds.
Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, will organize the event and Executive Director Brad Read says, “This is the pinnacle event of the sport of ocean racing. These athletes are spending 24 hours a day for weeks on end transiting oceans in storms and calms and as a community we have the privilege of welcoming them to the only stop in North America. Our entire community will greet them as we have greeted seafarers for generations. We will welcome them and celebrate the human victory of overcoming monumental challenge.”
Since 1973, The Ocean Race has been the toughest test of a team in sport. A grueling 38,000 nautical miles around the world is the race course with stops in ten host ports.The world is the arena. The world’s best sailors – champions, record breakers, pioneers – duel, with everything at stake.
This is an ocean endurance test like no other. A true feat of human ambition in one of sport’s greatest challenges with sailors pushing the limits of pursuit. With each edition, the tools evolve – but the racetrack remains as unforgiving as ever.
The Race Village at Fort Adams State Park will be a festival of race boats, team bases, interactive exhibits, educational activities, entertainment, food and drink, racing within yards of the shore and the backdrop is historic Fort Adams and a panoramic view of Narragansett Bay, and Newport Harbor.