The Volvo Ocean Race has announced that the next stopover in Newport, RI, will take place May 8 -20, 2018. It was also announced that the boats will leave New England for a first-time stopover in Cardiff, Wales.

The boats are expected to arrive in Rhode Island between May 8 and 10. The in-port racing will take place May 17-19 with boats departing for Cardiff the next day on May 20.

“Newport hosted the most successful North American stopover in the race’s history and Rhode Island will be ready again with an enthusiastic family-friendly public festival and celebration in May 2018,” says Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read.”We are thrilled that the race will connect Newport with another historic seaside community in Cardiff.  The North Atlantic leg between our cities could break the 24-hour speed record in the fierce North Atlantic conditions.”

Cardiff has been chosen as the destination for the first Volvo Ocean Race transatlantic leg to the United Kingdom in 12 years, when the world’s leading offshore race makes its debut visit to Wales.

Antonio Bolaños López, acting CEO, Volvo Ocean Race, said: “The transatlantic race between Newport, RI and Cardiff promises to be one of the real highlights of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.

“The event is returning to the United Kingdom for the first time in 12 years, but this is the first time our world-class fleet will have visited Wales, despite the country’s rich seafaring tradition. Cardiff’s harbour will make the perfect backdrop for our boats, which will follow after what we expect to be another highly successful stopover in Newport, RI.”

Other stopovers already announced for the 2017-18 edition include Alicante (Spain), Cape Town (South Africa), Auckland (New Zealand), Lisbon (Portugal) and Gothenburg (Sweden).

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Boats at the Volvo Ocean Race