State sailing commission established
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order establishing the Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission, a board charged with identifying and attracting more internationally recognized sailing events to the Ocean State.
Rhode Island has a long history of sailing and a worldwide reputation as a premiere venue for marine and boating events. The commission will also advise the governor on the feasibility of using Fort Adams State Park as a venue for selecting and serving U.S. Olympic sailors.
“Rhode Island is home to some of the best boat designers and builders in the world,” said Chafee. “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.
Michael Keyworth, general manager of the Brewer Cove Have Marina in Barrington, R.I., has been named chairman of the state sailing commission.
“With Rhode Island’s rich sailing tradition, proven track record of hosting some of the world’s top events, and our commitment to improving our facilities, we are poised to continue to be a venue of choice for the best and fastest events in the sport of sailing for decades to come,” said Keyworth.