Dongfeng Racing arrived first in Newport to the cheers of thousands of fans. From Fort Adams State Park, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports that cannon fire greeted the first-place finishers.
The Chinese Team, Dongfeng Racing, sailed into Newport Wednesday night, after a grueling, 5,000 mile journey from Brazil.
Several thousand spectators welcomed them to historic Fort Adams State Park, the only North American stopover on the race, waving flags and glow sticks from shore.
"I live here in Newport, I love sailing, and I've been following the race," said spectator Elizabeth Radocchio. "I've been really excited for the boats to come in, so I just wanted to be here to welcome everyone home."
Team Alvimedica, which has several native Rhode Islanders on its crew, came in fifth in this leg of the race, after getting held up by low winds. The team arrived in the early hours of Thursday morning.