After a nail-biting finish last week, the crew of Vestas 11th Hour Racing has been enjoying their time in the historic sailing city of Newport, Rhode Island. "I might be biased because I am from here, but I consider this to be the sailing capital of the world," said Charlie Enright, at the skipper's press conference on Friday. "Newport has shown its true colors this week with all support of the Volvo Ocean Race."While in Newport, the team has participated in inshore racing - finishing 3rd in the Guerney's In-Port Race - and community engagement. On Tuesday, Enright along with fellow local sailor Nick Dana met with Save The Bay to learn about impacts of climate change and sea level rise on marshes in Narragansett Bay.
On Friday, Enright also spoke at the Ocean Summit with fellow skipper, Dee Caffari, on their first-hand accounts of witnessing marine debris and plastics' effect on the ocean. (Fast forward to the 1-hour mark to watch their panel discussion).
"I think I may get more sleep on this transatlantic coming up than I did during the stopover," joked Charlie towards the end of the week. "It has been great to be home, but we are ready to finish this race strong."