NEWPORT, RI (January 20, 2017) – Sail Newport is pleased to announce that New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick has donated his powerboat to the community sailing center. The non-profit public Sailing Center, located in Newport RI, will use the 24′ Grady White vessel “V Rings” in its youth and adult sailing programs, regattas and sailing events on Narragansett Bay.
“We are thrilled and grateful to Coach Belichick for donating his boat for use in our public sailing programs. The boat will be used as a support and safety vessel for all of our instructional programs and regattas including the May 7-20, 2018 North American Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race,” says Brad Read, executive Director of Sail Newport.
The boat donation was facilitated by Albury Brothers Boats and will be delivered mid-February to Sail Newport.
Sail Newport is a non-profit educational organization with a mission to foster the sport of sailing and to attract and manage sailing events in Newport, RI. In its 34th year of operation, Sail Newport is a thriving organization with tens of thousands of regatta entrants, adult students, youth sailors, and sailboat renters visiting its facility in Fort Adams State Park in Newport Harbor each year.
The organization also offers their nationally-recognized Youth Sailing Program for young sailors starting at age 5. Sail Newport also hosts many local, national and world sailing championships.
Currently, Sail Newport is in the midst of the Campaign for Blue Space to raise funds for a new Marine Education and Recreational Facility and expand its educational programs. The new center is anticipated to open in July of this year at Sail Newport’s campus in Fort Adams State Park.