Volvo Ocean Race yachts expected in Rhode Island early Tuesday

Itajai Stopover. Vestas 11th Hour lift out. 16 April, 2018. (Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race photo)

The yachts sailing in the Volvo Ocean Race are expected to arrive with in the next 24 hours for a scheduled stopover in Newport.

Volvo Ocean Race Newport said Monday that the boats are expected to arrive between 3 a.m. and mid-morning Tuesday.

Workers were scrambling all Sunday at Fort Adams State Park preparing for the welcoming party.

The seven Volvo 65 sailboats began their 5,010 nautical mile leg of the race from Itajai, Brazil, to Newport on April 22.

The boats will remain in Newport until May 20, when Leg 9 of the race to Cardiff, Wales, begins.

NBC 10 News contributed to this report.

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