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Volvo Ocean Race, Newport

Like Newport isn’t fun enough, this year the city had the distinct honor of being a stopover for the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race.   The race covers 39k nautical miles and circumnavigates the globe over nine months.   The Race Village was open for about a week mid-May, and then the boats were on to Portugal.  The boats are relatively tiny – can you imagine crossing the ocean in this??

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The day I was there was gloomy and cool; much as I love a warm sunny day in Newport sometimes you just gotta work around other people’s schedules.   Once I looked at my pictures I realized how much bright color was on display….maybe it was the contrast with the gray day?

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This gloomy day morphed into a foggy low-key evening:

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The Volvo Race is currently in Portugal, then onto their next stopover in Lorient, France.  They’ll have a quick pit stop at The Hague, Netherlands, and the race will end in Gothenburg, Sweden at the end of June.  You can download the app to follow the race here.