Governor Gina Raimondo and other elected officials were in Newport Tuesday celebrating the opening of the Volvo Ocean Race village at Fort Adams. The international sailing race is set to hit Newport by week’s end.
Six teams are about to arrive in the City by the Sea. Newport is the 4th to last stop the in race, and the only one in North America. The race covers more than 40-thousand nautical miles across the world. The vessels and their crews will dock at Fort Adams for about a week. They athletes will compete in a small ocean races visible to spectators, and take some time to rest before the next leg of the larger race.
State and local officials are also celebrating the opening of a 240-foot pier at Fort Adams. The project is part of state and local efforts to make Newport an potential site for more, high profile marine events.
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