Sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race embarked on the final leg of a months-long odyssey around the globe. The local favorite, Team Alvimedica is in 5th place.
The competition kicked off last October, with stops in Spain, South American and Newport in May. The weeklong stopover drew thousands of tourists and an estimated tens of millions of dollars. Newport officials hope it will bolster the city’s reputation as an international sailing hub.
Rhode Island-based skipper Charlie Enright and his team, Alvimedica, remain near the back of the six-boat race. Team SCA, the only all-female team, came in first in the France stopover. But Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is the current leader overall.
The final leg of the race goes from France to Sweden, with a 24-hour pit stop in The Netherlands.
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