The Volvo Ocean race is expected to arrive in Newport this week. The City by the Sea is the race’s only stopover in the U.S.
Sailing fans consider this the Super Bowl of international ocean sailboat racing. Held about once every four years, the international race kicks off in Spain and ends in Sweden. It takes about nine months to complete. Seven teams are competing this year.
Race commentator Andy Green said the boats are on their way following, after a stop in Brazil.
“And when the boats come into Newport, they’ll probably come in on the 7th of May,” said Green. “There’ll be a lot of horns, and any of the boats that come in at 3 in the morning will probably wake up a few people on Narragansett Bay.”
Thousands of people are expected to turn up at Fort Adams State Park, once the boats get there.
Green said it will be a homecoming for Team Alvimedica, whose crew includes native Rhode Islanders.
“You go through incredible experiences, and this is, a lot of the Alvimedica team’s opportunity to come home and be greeted by their families in the race,” said Green. "It’s an incredibly emotional experience.”
The crew includes sailors from Newport, Barrington and Bristol. The boats will stay in Newport for about a week. When they head out they’ll be bound for Lisbon, Portugal, the third-to-last stop before the finish.
Click here to see the full route for the 2015 Volvo Ocean race.
To learn more about the race, check out NPR's feature on the first all female team to compete in the historic race.
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