Photo Amory Ross | Team Alvimedica

First off, I would like to begin by apologizing to all my literary fans out there that have been deprived of my work since the previous edition of this race. Rest assured, I’m back in the big chair (Amo’s media desk) and have not lost my touch for the old keyboard.

Racing home. Not a very common feeling when sailing into Newport. Many races start in Newport, but not a lot have a finish line there. When I think about it now, I have maybe finished one or two offshore races in Newport ever. So when asked about what a hometown finish will feel like – I’m not too sure really. Not to mention the fact that it is the finish to a leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Something I have dreamed of sailing in since watching Team Tyco training off Newport in the old 60s. This is now my 8th year and 3rd edition of being involved in the Volvo Ocean Race. To now be sailing into Newport under extremely tight racing conditions is both an honor and privilege to say the least.

On a more informative note, we did an impromptu Harlem shake onboard last night during a live X call and it was radical. I had seen a lot on YouTube in the past, but had no idea what an expression session it really was to take part in. Needless to say, we have some marginal characters onboard the good ship Alvimedica and safe warning to folks in Newport that may be caught on a dance floor with any of our crew during this stopover. The routing is calling for a 5-day ETA at the moment. Us locals and the rest of the boys could not be more excited to be coming home to Newport. Hopefully we luck out with the weather and get a big turn out for the event.

Stay classy.

Nick

COUNTDOWN: 2 DAYS until the Newport Volvo Ocean Race Village is open.

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