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The 13th Volvo Ocean Race (volvoocean­race.com) will criss­cross four oceans, six con­ti­nents, and 45,000 nau­ti­cal miles be­fore it reaches its fi­nal desti­na­tion in the Hague this June. But the leg­endary around-the-world sail­ing com­pe­ti­tion will make only one North Amer­i­can stop, and that’s in the sail­ing mecca of New­port, R.I. For 2 weeks in May, the tony New Eng­land town will be­come ground zero for the sea­far­ing ex­trav­a­ganza, play­ing host to the end of leg eight (a 5,700-nau­ti­cal-mile jour­ney orig­i­nat­ing in Ita­jaí, Brazil) and the be­gin­ning of leg nine (a transat­lantic stretch cul­mi­nat­ing in Cardiff, Wales). In be­tween, vis­i­tors to New­port’s race vil­lage can watch in-port prac­tice sprints be­tween the world’s most skilled sailors. For the best port views, stay at the new Gur­ney’s New­port Re­sort &Ma­rina (gur­neysre­sorts.com) on Goat Is­land, just op­po­site the race vil­lage. — J.C.

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