On a sunny Rhode Island day, the Newport, RI Race Village opened in front of hundreds of visitors

With all seven boats having arrived overnight on Monday into Tuesday morning, the Volvo Ocean 65s added a colourful backdrop to what was already a celebration in Newport – the home of American sailing.

A distinguished panel including Rhode Island State Governor Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop, Commanding Officer Matt Meilstrup of USCG Barque Eagle, Stopover Director Brad Read and Volvo Ocean Race Executive Director Peter Ansell.

“Newport is the sailing capital of the world, and it’s where this race belongs,” said Gov. Raimondo.

“This is the only North American stopover in this edition of the race – and I’m proud to be a Rhode Islander and to be here today.”

MAPFRE won the battle into Newport by a whisker of just 1 minute 1 second after overtaking Team Brunel in the fog at around 0645 local time on Tuesday morning to complete a shock comeback. Just 24 hours before the finish line, the Spanish team found themselves in fifth position – but their win into the USA returns them to the top of the overall Race leaderboard.