Sail Newport event will feature Rhode Island sailor

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Bristol, R.I., sailor Charlie Enright and his Team Alvimedica will participate in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race as the youngest team of sailors in the marathon.

The team will debut plans to prepare for the race, which circumnavigates the globe, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in an event organized by Sail Newport and supported by Fidelity Investments. Tickets are $15 for the event, which is set for the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, R.I.

The event will feature on-screen footage of the race and information about the team, the boats, the stopovers and how the Newport community can plan a celebration for the Rhode Island skipper.

Team Alvimedica will join Team SCA (with fellow American Sally Barkow onboard), Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Dongfeng Race Team and Team Brunel in the race, which will be contested over 38,739 nautical miles and nine months.

The race starts in October in Alicante, Spain, and finishes in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2015.

The only North American stopover will take place May 5-17, 2015. The boats will arrive in Newport from a stopover in Itajai, Brazil, and will depart Newport on May 17 for the trans-Atlantic race leg to Lisbon, Portugal.

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