The Ocean Race has announced today that it will be returning to Newport, Rhode Island – the spiritual home of American sailing. Known for its hugely knowledgeable fanbase, Newport will feature on the race route for the third time in a row.

The finish into Newport during the last edition of the race was one of the closest in history, with just metres separating the leading boats after five and half thousand miles of racing since the boats set out from Itajaí, Brazil.

“Newport is a great place to sail. The Atlantic coast always offers up a few challenges weather-wise which we saw in the last edition with the leading boats drifting over the line on the currents in thick fog,” commented Yoann Richomme, Skipper of Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team.

“Having spent a good deal of time living in the USA, it will be a very special moment to cross the finish line in Newport at the helm of the Racing for the Planet boat. I’m excited to visit this celebrated venue, known for its dedicated fans and I am looking forward to seeing them lining the shore when we arrive.”

“We experienced for ourselves the passion of the fans in Newport during the last edition of the race,” commented Paulo Mirpuri, Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team Owner.“As the spiritual home of sailing in the US it is a much-anticipated venue for the race and as a country with a population of 330 million, it is an important region for the work of the Mirpuri Foundation.”