NEW: America’s Cup World Series Coming To Newport
Friday, August 12, 2011
Newport will be the final stop of the 2011-2012 America's Cup World Series, Governor Lincoln Chafee announced today.
"Newport and Rhode Island have strong historical ties to the America's Cup, dating back to 1930," Chafee said. "Narragansett Bay, one of our state's most spectacular assets, provides a perfect natural venue, and the ongoing infrastructure improvements at Fort Adams make Newport the ideal host for the final stop of the World Series. This exciting event will be be a tremendous boost for the Rhode Island economy and continues the relation between Newport and the America's Cup."
The final race will take place on Sunday July 1, 2012 in Newport, where a champion will be crowned.
In a press release shortly after the announcement, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse congratulated the state for bringing the Cup back to Newport.
“Rhode Island is the true historical home for the America’s Cup, and I’m glad that these World Series races will be taking place in our beautiful City by the Sea. The arrival of the America’s Cup World Series races next year will be a great boost to our state’s economy, with the tourism and revenues it creates," Whitehouse said.