Bristol native Enright excited about Volvo Ocean Race
NEWPORT, R.I. —
Bristol's Charlie Enright is the skipper of Team Alvimedica that is currently in Newport preparing for the Volvo Ocean Race.
The 40,000-mile race across the world will stop 10 times in 11 different cities through four oceans and five continents.
The Brown University graduate is excited to set sail on his biggest voyage yet.
"This is one of the biggest races in the entire world. This is the World Cup of sailing, and we'll see how we stack up at the end of it," Enright said.
Newport will be the only North American stopover for this year's race, which Enright said is huge for Rhode Island.
"It's great for a maritime center like this to be able to house such an international event. A lot of that has to do with the efforts of a guy named Brad Reed and his Sail Newport organization over at Fort Adams. The entire state has been behind it. A lot of the state politicians, a lot of the government officials, it's been a pretty good thing," Enright said.
Enright is preparing for the start of the race in October, but he's super excited about the Newport leg when he gets to come home to his home state of Rhode Island.
"Yeah it's going to be unbelievable. Just doing the Volvo Ocean Race is obviously an amazing experience, doing it in a year when it comes to Newport, Rhode Island is pretty unthinkable. So, I'm sure it will be plenty surreal and certainly very humbling, and I can't wait to do it," Enright said.
The race will begin in October, and the Newport stopover will be in May.