by Joe Berkeley, Newport This Week
With the Volvo Ocean Race fleet to complete their leg from Brazil to Newport, USA this week, creating a world-class welcome has required the work of a world-class shore team. Brad Read, the executive director of Sail Newport, is also the director of the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover.
This is a welcome that has been more than two years in the making. Read has been focused on a million little details, and as a former College Sailor of the Year and J24 World Champion, he has used everything he learned on the water to prepare this event on land.