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Rhode Island panel seeks to attract more sailing events to state

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed an executive order to establish the Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission, which is charged primarily with identifying and attracting more internationally recognized sailing and marine events to the state.

It also will advise the governor on the feasibility of using Fort Adams State Park as a venue for selecting and serving U.S. Olympic sailors.

“Rhode Island is home to some of the best boat designers and builders in the world. We’ve hosted world-class racing events such as the America’s Cup, and we’ll host the Volvo Ocean Race in 2015,” Chafee said in a statement.

“Key infrastructure improvements have provided critical support for championship sailing and enhanced large-scale marine events in the state. Through the commission, we now have an opportunity to capitalize on our place as a leading international sailing and marine destination to continue to attract the most prestigious and biggest events to our waters.”

“With the appointment of this commission, Rhode Island will draw on the expertise of accomplished leaders in the sailing, marine trades, tourism and economic development fields, as well as representatives from the public sector and our business community to attract and support top sailing and marine events in Rhode Island,” said Michael Keyworth, commission chairman and vice president and general manager of the Brewer Cove Haven Marina.

“With Rhode Island’s rich sailing tradition, proven track record of hosting some of the world’s top events and our commitment to improving our facilities, we are poised to continue to be a venue of choice for the best and fastest events in the sport of sailing for decades to come.”

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