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Groups honored for Volvo race stopover in R.I.

The event drew more than 125,000 people to the area.

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association will present Discover Newport and Sail Newport with its annual Anchor Award to recognize the role both played in the successful Volvo Ocean Race stopover in May.

The event drew more than 125,000 people to the area.

“The single event that had the biggest impact on our industry this year was the Newport Volvo Ocean Race stopover,” RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie said in a statement.

“Discover Newport and Sail Newport not only put a global spotlight on our local waters and our sport, but they also helped stopover attendees of all ages understand the importance of managing our ocean environment. We salute the entire team behind this event; the effects of their hard work will be felt for years to come.”

Organizers of the race itself and attendees were heard praising the work both groups had done in making the stopover smooth and exciting.

The Anchor Award is presented annually to individuals who have had a significant impact on the state’s marine trades; this year, those people include every staff member and volunteer who contributed to the success of the race stopover.

The Anchor Award will be presented during RIMTA’s Annual Industry Partnership Breakfast, which takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday during the Newport International Boat Show, which kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday.

RIMTA will also recognize recent graduates of the Marine Trades and Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. The seven-week program, made possible by support from the Rhode Island Governor’s Workforce Board, is designed to draw entry-level workers to the marine and composites industries.

Speakers at the event will include RIMTA program director Jen Cornwell; Brooks Marine Group president Neal Harrell; RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie; and New Zealand Marine Industry Association COO Chris van der Hor.

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