Sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race hit the U.S.

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NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) – Dongfeng Race Team has won the 6th leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team crossed the finish line just before 10 p.m. Wednesday in Newport.

Coming in second place was Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, followed by Team Brunel in third place.

Charlie Enright, the Skipper from Team Alvimedica, is a native Rhode Islander, born in Bristol. His team arrived to the roar of a crowd around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

“”It’s amazing. It really is,” he said. “You know, to come in at this time of night on a chilly night like this, and no end, and you’d think people would throw in the towel, but obviously not here in Newport, and we really appreciate it.”

Local spectators were excited to see such a big event happening right in the city by the sea.

“I think it’s pretty awesome when you think about it,” said Sarah Amaros, “Rhode Island is the smallest state in North America, so I think it’s pretty awesome that out of the whole entire world or in North America that they’re coming here. It’s pretty big I think for everyone.”

Discover Newport tells us that the race expects to bring in about $1 million to the city.

Newport is the only stop in North America for the nearly 40,000 mile round-the-world race, that makes stops to only 11 ports over the course of nine months.

The race started last October, traveling east to west around the globe until finishing up in Sweden.

The next leg of the race is expected to start May 17th, in which sailors will head to Lisbon, Portugal.

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