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America’s Cup World Series called an economic boost for RI

August 12, 2011

Governor Lincoln Chafee, legislative leaders and other officials say Newport’s role as the last stop next June for the America’s Cup World Series competition will bolster the state’s economy and put Rhode Island on a broader stage.

Speaker Gordon Fox:

This is a premier event worldwide, global connection showcasing this great little state of ours through one of its greatest gems, the beautiful city by the sea Newport, Rhode Island. So any time that you can showcase your state it’s a win in and of itself.

Fox and Chafee expressed hope that the World Series competition will lead the more prominent America’s Cup back to Newport. It hasn’t been held in Rhode Island since 1983, and the city lost out late last year to San Francisco on the next one.

Brad Read of Sail Newport says the World Series event is both fun and something that will spread fresh excitement about sailing:

People are going to see this is Formula 1 on the water – it’s fast, it’s wet ….  Imagine yourself driving through a car wash at 40 miles per hour with your head out of the sunroof, and that’s what it feels like sailing these boats. They’re crazy. They’re nuts.

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