The Volvo Ocean Race once again would return to the Rhode Island, it was revealed today. Newport, which arranged the event for the very first time this past May, would welcome the Race again in its thirteenth edition that will take place in the 2017-18 season.
Volvo Ocean Race’s Tom Touber said that they are happy to be able to confirm that Newport would be hosting a 2nd consecutive stopover in the year 2018. Everything worked in a brilliant manner in Newport in May – and they were happy with the great amount of spectators from the United States as well as elsewhere, who backed this stopover.
Indeed, according to Plain Sailing, more than 131000 fans visited Race Village during the stop of the event in Rhode Island. The magnificent fight on the water, along with a great location steeped in culture and history, left a lot of visitors desperately expecting that there would be an echo of the stopover in the next race.
Brad Read said that he is happy about the fact that he is getting a chance to repeat and improve on. He added that Sail Newport, together with all of their outstanding partners, organized and arranged the highly successful North American stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race history.
They did this as a non-profit body along with a whole lot of community passion and heart because they knew the event would be a great success. People want the Race back there. The State, business, the marine, education communities, and more importantly the fans, would follow the Race till it comes back at the Castle Hill in the year 2018.