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UBS Trophy Regatta Celebrates Newport

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For the first time since 1983, Newport, Rhode Island is preparing for an onslaught of America's Cup style match racing with the UBS Trophy regatta, to be held June 19 to June 26.

Organized by Team Alinghi, winner of the America's Cup 2003, and sponsored by UBS, the regatta promises to celebrate the spirit of the 153 year-old trophy in the historic home of the America's Cup during a week of world class yacht racing and festivities.

"Rhode Island eagerly awaits the return of America's Cup racing to Narragansett Bay", said Donald L. Carcieri, Governor. "Our America's Cup heritage remains strong, not just in the marine industry that continues to build and equip world class racing yachts, but also in the many people and organizations that continue to support the Cup as it evolves into a mainstream global sporting event".

The opening press conference on Friday June 18 will initiate the event, and racing will begin the following day, weather permitting. Two races will be sailed daily. The course will be short and will be sailed close to the shore in order to offer the best possible access to the public. Tuesday June 22 is scheduled as a lay day.   more...


 



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