Gov. Carcieri Makes Announcement at State House
NEWPORT, R.I., Oct. 31, 2006 – Amica Insurance, one of Rhode Island’s largest employers, is the new title sponsor of Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007. The summer festival, which is shaping up to be the largest group of Tall Ships in Newport since 1976, is now called Amica Insurance Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007.
Governor Donald L. Carcieri announced the sponsorship yesterday at a press conference at the State House.
“The Amica Insurance Tall Ships Festival will bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to Rhode Island and be a boon to our tourism industry,” Gov. Carcieri said. “By joining a well-respected Rhode Island company with a non-profit venture to bring these majestic ships to our shores, everyone wins with an unforgettable event this summer.”
Amica Insurance President and CEO Robert A. DiMuccio said Amica became the title sponsor in celebration of its centennial and as a way to honor employees and their families.
“Amica has set down deep roots here in Rhode Island over the course of a century and we knew the Tall Ships Festival would be an event of such magnitude and classic New England grace that it was the perfect gift to give to Rhode Island. The festivities include so many opportunities, especially for children, to learn more about these classic sailing vessels so it will be a great event for the whole family,” DiMuccio said.
The title sponsorship is of particular importance because it helps make the Festival, which will take place around the Newport Waterfront June 27-July 1, 2007, free to the public. To date, 19 of an estimated 25-30 Tall Ships have been signed up to participate. The extensive festivities, which include a parade and black tie ball, are expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors to the city during the five-day festival.
“The Festival has been gaining momentum for months and with Amica onboard, we will reach our goal of making this the biggest and best Tall Ships festival Rhode Island has seen,” event co-chair Vice Admiral Tom Weschler said, noting that although the event takes place in Newport, it can be a boon to all the cities and towns around Narragansett Bay.
L-R: Amica Insurance Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007 Co-Chair Rick Williams, Amica Insurance Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007 Co-Chair Vice Admiral Tom Weschler, Governor Donald L. Carcieri, Amica Insurance President and CEO Robert A. DiMuccio, R.I. Tourism Director David DePetrillo, and Newport County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Keith Stokes.
The event will be capped by a majestic Parade of Sail on Sunday, July 1, which is expected to draw more than 250,000 people throughout Narragansett Bay and the coastline.
The following Tall Ships will be participating: BOWDOIN from Castline, Me.; FAIR JEANNE from Canada; FRIENDSHIP from Salem, Mass.; GODSPEED from Jamestown, Virg.; PICTON CASTLE from Cook Islands (N.Z.); HARVEY GAMAGE from Watch Hill, R.I.; PROVIDENCE from Providence, R.I.; ROYALISTE from San Francisco, Cal.; SORLANDET (or similar) from Norway; SPIRIT OF BERMUDA from Bermuda (U.K.); SPIRIT OF MASSACHUSETTS from Boston; VIRGINIA from Norfolk, Virg.; URANIA from the Netherlands; BLUENOSE II from Canada; CISNE BRANCO from Brazil; GORCH FOCK II from Germany; TARANGINI from India; KALMAR NYCKEL from Wilmington, Del.; and PRIDE OF BALTMORE II from Baltimore.
In an international celebration of sail training and sea education, the Tall Ships will arrive in Newport the week before the Fourth of July holiday on June 27, 2007, and remain until July 1, 2007, at several locations along Newport Harbor. Festivities include an international village, an integrated teen program, country exhibits, fireworks, a street parade of crew and cadets, and a black tie ball. Visit tallshipsrhodeisland.org.
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine, and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,000 people in 40 offices across the country.