NEWPORT, R.I. — Sail Newport and the Ocean Race announced that the third consecutive edition of the competition, the Ocean Race, will make its only North American stop in Newport, Rhode Island, in the spring of 2022.
The Rhode Island stopover is one of 10 stops during the eight-month 38,000 nautical-mile race around the world, which begins in Alicante, Spain in October of 2021 and finishes in Genoa, Italy, in June of 2022.
For the first time, Newport will host two fleets, the IMOCA 60s, foiling boats and the one-design VO65 class.
“This is the pinnacle event of the sport of ocean racing,” said Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport. “These athletes are spending 24 hours a day for weeks on end transiting oceans in storms and calms and as a community we have the privilege of welcoming them to the only stop in North America. Our entire community will greet them as we have greeted seafarers for generations. We will welcome them and celebrate the human victory overcoming monumental challenge.”
Richard Brisius, race chairman of The Ocean Race said, “Newport remains an iconic venue for generations of sailors. It is a town built around the water, and people here hold the race close in their hearts, which makes it a stopover to look forward to for all of our sailors and stakeholders. When you walk through Fort Adams State Park and down the streets of Newport, you feel enthusiasm and passion for The Ocean Race, and that’s something we take pride in and want to return by bringing a great event here again in 2022.”
The 2015 stopover in Newport generated an estimated $47.7 million to Rhode Island’s economy, according to organizers. Both previous events drew more than 100,000 visitors each.
After the Newport stopover, the fleet will race the last leg across the Atlantic to Northern Europe, before finishing in the Mediterranean in June.