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Sail Newport Announces Sunsail to Sponsor Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

Sail Newport announced today that Sunsail Vacations, the world's leading Sailboat Charter company will sponsor the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover. The sailing event, scheduled for May 5-17, 2015, is the only North American stopover during the Volvo Ocean Race's nine-month circumnavigation of the globe. Sunsail will work closely with the stopover to ensure the greatest possible experience for all event attendees by hosting a Global Experience Pavillion which will feature a number of exciting cultural experiences from it's 26 different destinations.

"The Volvo Ocean Race is the world's leading ocean race event. People all over the world will be inspired to go sailing and there's no better way to enjoy a sail vacation then on a Sunsail Charter"
Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport and Director of the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

As an official stopover partner, Sunsail will have exclusive rights and designation as the official yacht charter company of the 12-day public event at Fort Adams State Park. In addition, Sunsail will have branding rights with the event, media content, sponsorship of in-shore racing, hospitality and sponsorship of the restart when the global marathon leaves Newport for the transatlantic leg to Lisbon, Portugal, on May 17, 2015.

"Sunsail's partnership with the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover is an easy fit, our goal is to provide an adventure of a lifetime to our charterers, what better way to be inspired to live your life to the extreme than by experiencing the Volvo Ocean Race, our charterers will be able to enjoy their once in a lifetime adventure in the comfort of our top of the Jeanneau Monohulls and Leopard Catamarans in any of our global destinations."
Brittany Weatherby, North and South American Marketing Manager for Sunsail

The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s leading ocean race event. People all over the world will be inspired to go sailing and there’s no better way to enjoy a sail vacation then on a Sunsail Charter.
-Brad Read, Sail Newport

Sunsail also donated a Sailing vacation in the British Virgin Island's to Sail Newport as an auction item to raise funds for the non-profit sailing center to raise funds for it's community sailing programs. The on-line auction will be launched today which is linked off of the Sail Newport website: www.sailnewport.org. The seven-day bareboat charter includes two round-trip airline tickets courtesy of British Virgin Islands Tourism. Also, winning bidder will enjoy two VIP tickets to the Ocean Race Club to watch the Newport Pro-am races on Friday, May 15.

The Volvo Ocean Race boats are expected to arrive in the U.S. in the first week of May 2015. A 12-day public festival in the Race Village will celebrate the stopover, with the massive race boats on display at Sail Newport in Fort Adams State Park. A shore side sailing village will be open to the public, free of charge, where visitors will be able to see the international team compounds and the operations of the shore teams in technical and sail loft areas. In addition, the sailing village will include interactive exhibits, sponsor pavilions, car and truck displays, entertainment, marine education activities, food and the Heineken House hospitality area.

During the Newport visit, all of the boats will also participate in training, pro-am and in-shore racing within yards of the shoreline for optimal spectator viewing during the festival at Fort Adams State Park. Expert commentary will also provide an entertaining spectator opportunity for visitors to the race village.

The Race is currently on its third leg of competition. The boats left Abu Dhabi on and are expected to arrive in Sanya (China) in late January. On February 8, 2015, the fleet will leave China and race to Auckland (New Zealand). After a stop in Itajai (Brazil), the Volvo Ocean Race will head to Newport on April 19, 2015. After an approximate two-week stay in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, the fleet then races from Newport to Lisbon (Portugal) and from Portugal to Lorient (France). After Lorient, a 24-hour pit stop will be made in the Hague (Netherlands) and then the teams will make their final sprint to the finish line in Gothenburg (Sweden), the Swedish home of Volvo, in July of 2015.

About Sunsail
For 40 years Sunsail has led the way in sailing adventures. From the first pioneering flotillas in Greece to today's choice of the best and most exotic yachting destinations; beginners can now enjoy the world's best cruising grounds by hiring a skipper from any Sunsail base. Sunsail strives to provide our customers with the most exciting experience at the greatest possible value. Sunsail brands include Sailing Vacations by Independent Charter and Flotillas, Sailing Schools, Events and Yacht Ownership. Sunsail operates in 26 exotic and diverse destinations throughout the globe on a fleet of over 800 yachts and catamarans.
For further information, www.volvooceanracenewport.com