- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The race village for the international Volvo Ocean Race is open to the public this weekend at Fort Adams State Park in Newport.

The village officially opened Tuesday with a ceremony attended by Gov. Gina Raimondo and other officials.

Sailors from six teams arrived this week in Newport from Brazil. The village is open daily through May 17, when the sailors depart for Lisbon, Portugal.

The stopover is hosted by public sailing center Sail Newport and tourism center Discover Newport. It is expected to draw thousands of tourists.

The race’s seven teams left Oct. 11 from Alicante, Spain, and will make several stops before finishing in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June. The global race covers 44,580 miles over nine months. Newport is the only North American stopover on this year’s race.

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