Joe Harris Onboard GryphonSolo2 Due in Newport

Help Welcome Joe Harris Back to Newport!
Come to Sail Newport or get your boat in the water for when Joe completes his solo sail around the world on Wednesday!

U.S. Class 40 sailor Joe Harris, returns to Newport in approximately two days - marking completion of a nearly six-month solo sail around the world onboard GryphonSolo2.

The public is invited to join the welcoming crowd to celebrate Joe Harris' sailing accomplishment. Joe left Newport last November and is expected to arrive at Sail Newport on Wednesday. Current ETA is 12:59 p.m. (schedule to change).

Follow the tracker for precise arrival time: http://www.gryphonsolo2.com

GryphonSolo2 - TRW 2015/2016

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Everyone is invited to watch Joe complete his voyage and arrive at the Sail Newport pier in Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I. Joe will hold a press conference immediately following his arrival. Team 1 Newport will be on hand to sell "GS2 Karma Bus" T-shirts for the festivities.

The Story:
U.S. short-handed sailor, Joe Harris (S. Hamilton, MA) departed Newport, R.I. on November 15, 2015 in an attempt to break the non-stop solo Around the World Record for 40-foot monohulls. Harris sustained damage to his hydrogenerators forcing him to stop in Cape Town, South Africa on December 28, 2015 ending his record attempt. However, Joe elected to continue on and complete his solo sail around the world. Joe was again was forced to stop in Pirialopolis, Uruguay on March 24, 2015 due to hull damage. Following a ten-day pit-stop, Joe resumed sailing and is 492 nm from Newport. Upon returning, Joe will join a small select group of approximately 136 who have sailed solo around the world leaving the five great capes (Good Hope - South Africa, Leeuwin - Australia, South East Cape - Tasmania, South West Cape - New Zealand, Cape Horn) to port.

Sail Newport, Fort Adams State Park, New North Pier (where Volvo docked) 110 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

Estimated Arrival Time on Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. (subject to weather) please follow http://gryphonsolo2.com for the most up to date arrival time.

GryphonSolo2 - Route: pictured
GryphonSolo2 - Route Map: pictured


About Sail Newport

Sail Newport is Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center and is a non-profit educational organization. Since 1983, Sail Newport has provided public access to sailing through community programs for all skill levels and ages to enjoy the sport of sailing. In addition, Sail Newport has hosted many local, national and world championship regattas including several Olympic and Paralympic Trials, the America's Cup World Series 2012 and the Volvo Ocean Race's only North American stopover in May 2016. For more information on Sail Newport: www.sailnewport.org



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