Out-of-staters visit Newport for the Ocean Race

By Rebecca Turco

rturco@abc6.com

Thousands of people from all over the world have descended on Newport this weekend for the Volvo Ocean Race.

They’re here for the excitement surrounding the race, and with that comes shopping, dining, and staying overnight.

By day, many of these out-of-staters are hitting up Race Village. By night, they’re shopping on the streets and staying in local hotels.

The Volvo Ocean Race is bringing boating fans from near and far to the city by the sea.

“I followed the race through all of the legs so far,” said Mark Nordenson, who is visiting from Maine.

“I think it’s very exciting. We’re a long-time sailing family. I’m thrilled to be here,” described Kim Latour, also of Maine.

Many folks from out-of-state are moving beyond Race Village to take advantage of the sights and sounds of Newport.

“Several months ago we reserved a room in Newport so that we could come and see this,” said Doug Parfet, visiting from Connecticut.

Mark Nordenson continued, “I like the town. It’s really – it’s nice.”

Of course, everyone’s got to eat too, and many plan to do that instead of brown-bagging it.

 Doug and Miriam Parfet explain, “You only live once. So we said this weekend, everything goes.”

Others are more focused on soaking up the Ocean Race, but still aiming to hit up some local stores.

The Ocean Race is in town through the 17th.

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