Alvimedica Finishes 3rd in 5th Leg of Ocean Race

Photo by New England Boating/Tom Richardson
Alvimedica in Newport, 2014. Photo by New England Boating/Tom Richardson

On Sunday, April 5, skipper Charlie Enright of Bristol, RI, and his Team Alvimedica took 3rd place in the 5th leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, which extended from New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil. Team Alvimedica now ranks 5th of 7 boats in the overall standings. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the overall leader in the race, won the 5th leg.

The 6th leg of the race starts April 19 in Brazil and will bring the boats to Newport between May 5 and May 9. A host of race-related activities are planned in Newport through May 17, including a Race Village in Newport, where visitors can view the boats and team compounds and watch a professional sail loft and boatyard at work. Also scheduled are interactive marine education exhibits, live music and entertainment, and an international food festival.

As part of the event, Sail Newport will host free sailing tours of Newport Harbor for all ages. Experienced skippers and lifejackets will be provided for all excursions onboard Sail Newport’s J22 sailboats.

On May 15 and 16, spectators can watch the Pro-Am and In-Port Races, during which the Volvo boats will compete off Fort Adams. The festivities wrap up on May 17, when the mammoth ocean racers leave Newport Harbor, position themselves along the start line and begin the transatlantic leg to Lisbon, Portugal.

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