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Wasn’t there some other sailboat race held in Newport, Rhode Island?
I suspect that you’re thinking of the America’s Cup, which was hosted in Newport for many years by the New York Yacht Club. It departed in 1983 after a famous Australian victory, but left a legacy that makes Newport one of America’s most famous sailing towns. And now it can add a second Volvo Ocean Race stopover feather to its cap after the success of the debut stop there in 2014-15.
And not hard to find?
Just land in New York and head north. Or land in Boston and head south. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the Union but bursting with mile after mile of magnificent coastline, harbours, beaches and plenty to do and see. It's situated about two-thirds of the way between those two great East Coast cities. Newport is a beautiful old colonial town at the southern end of Aquidneck Island, with a population of about 25,000.
No shortage of things to do?
Where to start? Well, a tour of Fort Adams would be a good place to begin; home to the Race Village and the largest coastal fortification in the USA. Or pick a waterfront restaurant, enjoy native lobster, clam chowder and dozens of eclectic restaurants. Stroll up to Bellevue Avenue, home to Newport's legendary Gilded Age mansions depicting the splendour of the Astor and Vanderbilt "summer cottages" presiding over the Atlantic Ocean coastline. If you're feeling a little more active, there's plenty of sport to be had, particularly out on the water. Just tour Newport Harbor and see the greatest collection in one harbour of classic yachts, the largest collection of the famous 12 metres, rum runners’ yachts and every type of modern sail, power and mega yacht. The backdrop is an entire sailing-centric community and quintessential New England harbour lined with historic sea captains' houses, pubs, taverns, shops and galleries.
What other sports are big in Newport?
Sailing is the number one sport in this international sailing community, but you will also find the International Tennis Hall of Fame, polo and world-renowned golf courses. And further afield you have New York and Boston. If you can't find something to interest you there, I give up.