Newport wins bid to host Volvo Ocean Race stopover

Newport wins bid to host Volvo Ocean Race stopover


The Portsmouth-built Puma entry, with Ken Read at the helm, battles the Southern Ocean in last years’s Volvo around-the-world race. Amory Ross photo.
Newport has won its bid to host a spring, 2015, stop in the next Volvo Ocean Race, a disappointed Baltimore announced early Tuesday, before the official announcement had actually been made. The Newport stopover will be the only US visit in the around-the-world race.

According to the Baltimore Sun newspaper, that announcement will be made Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Rhode Island State House.

The Sun reports that Baltimore’s bid was hurt by Maryland’s reluctance to move the Preakness horse race which is scheduled for the same May timeframe.

The race, which draws enormous attention around the world, is expected to be a big tourist draw for Newport and Rhode Island. Newport and Baltimore, which had previously hosted a stopover, were the two finalists for stop.

Among the competitors in the last two Volvo races has been the Puma team, sailing boats built in Bristol and then at New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, and skippered by East Bay sailor Ken Read.