Working together for sailing

Published on February 12th, 2014

Has your sailing area gotten the attention of state government?
Has your local sailing association demonstrated the economic impact from events?

The benefit of sailing in Rhode Island is so firmly on the radar that Governor Lincoln D. Chafee signed an Executive Order to establish the Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission. The Commission is charged primarily with identifying and attracting more internationally recognized sailing and marine events to the state.

“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. Key infrastructure improvements have provided critical support for championship sailing and enhanced large-scale marine events in the state,” Governor Chafee said. “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.”

The commission is a collection of accomplished leaders in the sailing, marine trades, tourism and economic development fields as well as representatives from the public sector and the business community. Collectively, this group intends to work together to attract and support top sailing and marine events in Rhode Island.

Click here to read Governor Chafee’s Executive Order.

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