Volvo Ocean Race officials were whisked to the top of the World Trade Center, honored as guests at a reception and squired to the grassy expanse of Fort McHenry during a 24-hour courtship meant to seal the deal to make Baltimore the event's only U.S. port of call in 2015.
"I think they wanted validation on some things, and I think we delivered," Terry Hasseltine, executive director of the Maryland Office of Sports Marketing, said Tuesday of the previous day's visit. "We had an open dialogue, and I think it was conveyed to them loud and clear that we have a dynamic team in place."
The bid evaluators spent Tuesday touring Newport, R.I., the only other U.S. city being considered, which bills itself as the Sailing Capital of the World. Next week, Volvo is expected to begin announcing the 10 winning ports in a process that will last until mid-February.
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