Bermuda Race kicks off in Newport

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) – Sailors set off on the 49th Biannual Newport Bermuda Race Friday.

The 635 mile race lasts between three and six days and attracts both amateur and professional sailors from across the globe.

The race takes place every two years. City representatives such as Evan Smith, President & CEO of Discover Newport, says the race means a boost to Newport’s economy.

“Major events like this are important because they infuse a lot of money into the local economy.”he said.

Sailors start off in Newport and are awarded trophies at the end in the tropical island of Bermuda. More than 175 boats are racing this year.

The first race was held in 1906 and has been held in Newport since 1936.

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