Belichick donates boat 'V Rings' to Sail Newport
NEWPORT. R.I. —New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick donated his powerboat to Sail Newport a community sailing center in Newport, Rhode Island.
Sail Newport will use the 24-foot Grady-White vessel "V Rings" in its youth and adult sailing programs, regattas and sailing events on Narragansett Bay.
"We are thrilled and grateful to Coach Belichick for donating his boat for use in our public sailing programs. The boat will be used as a support and safety vessel for all of our instructional programs and regattas, including J/Fest in August (a regatta for J/Boats owners) and the May 2018 North American Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race,” said Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport.
The boat donation was facilitated by Albury Brothers Boats and will be delivered mid-February to Sail Newport. According to Albury Brothers President, Jeff Lichterman, he and Coach Belichick have done some boating together. More importantly, Belichik has done some sailing, grew up in Annapolis, and boated on the Chesapeake Bay. Plus, Belichick had an opportunity to sail on former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee’s J/100 on Narragansett Bay!
Sail Newport is a non-profit educational organization with a mission to foster the sport of sailing and to attract and manage sailing events in Newport, RI. In its 34th year of operation, Sail Newport is a thriving organization with thousands of regatta entrants, adult students, youth sailors, and sailboat renters visiting its facility in Fort Adams State Park in Newport Harbor.