Byline: Associated Press
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The former home of the America’s Cup — Newport, R.I. — will be the only North American stopover for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.
The 12th edition of the race will start Oct. 4, 2014, with an in-port race in Alicante, Spain, and finish with an in-port race on June 27, 2015, in Gothenburg, Sweden. In between, it will cover 39,895 nautical miles in nine months, the longest route in its history.
After the 65-foot boats leave Alicante, there will be stopovers in Recife, Brazil; Abu Dhabi; Sanya, China; Auckland, New Zealand; Itajaí, Brazil; Newport; Lisbon; and Lorient, France, before finishing in Gothenburg.
Newport will host an in-port race on May 16, 2015. The boats will leave the next day for Lisbon.
The longest leg, from Recife to Abu Dhabi via the Southern Ocean, will be 9,707 nautical miles.