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

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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...

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.

Kathy Ross of Bristol, Rhode Island is the mother of Amory Ross, the onboard reporter for Team Alvimedica, whose crew included several native Rhode Islanders. She said it was very rewarding to see her son competing in Newport.

"I think the boys were really thrilled to be in their home port, and I think they were so honored by all the support the community, the whole state has given," said Ross. "It’s really wonderful."

One of the spectators, Michael Hobrecker was visiting from Colombia.

"I came here on a business trip and I just found out yesterday that this was going on," said Hobrecker. "I sail in Colombia, this is my passion.  It’s like a dream come true almost.  The only thing that’s failing is that I’m not on the boat.

The teams are now en route to Lisbon, Portugal the seventh of nine stops in this international race.

Officials in Rhode Island estimated between 50,000 and 100,000 people took part in events related to the Volvo Ocean Race in Newport over the last week.  The city is already working to bring the event back.

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