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In this Sept. 30, 1961 file photo, President John F. Kennedy, center with dark glasses, relaxes aboard the presidential yacht Honey Fitz cruising off in Newport, R.I, during a week’s vacation. Others aboard are daughter Caroline, left, and guest Bill Walton, center. Newport, once home to the America’s Cup yacht races, has a rich sailing history and is making strides to reaffirm its position as an international sailing mecca. It is hosting this 2015's only North American stopover on the Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s most prestigious offshore racing event.

NEWPORT, R.I. — This City by the Sea is riding a wave of excitement harkening to its heyday as an international sailing mecca as it hosts this year's only North American stopover on the Volvo Ocean Race.

The sailors from six teams arrived this week in Newport. The teams departed Oct. 11 from Alicante, Spain, on the 45,000-mile race. Newport's race village will stay open through May 17, when the sailors begin racing toward Lisbon, Portugal.

Newport used its rich sailing history to help beat out Baltimore, Maryland, a much bigger city that has hosted once before, for the chance to host — and to bring in millions from visitors. The area's last major sailing event was the America's Cup World Series in 2012. It drew 65,000 people and generated about $50 million.