Sailing race to drop anchor elsewhere

The Volvo Ocean Race won’t be stopping in Baltimore in 2015, as organizers have announced that Newport, R.I., will be the only U.S. port for the around-the-world race.

The race apparently would have come here, though, if only Baltimore could have done one teensy, little thing to accommodate it — change the date of the Preakness at Pimlico, The Sun reported.

Gee, did they want anything else? Maybe stop making steamed crabs with Old Bay?

The Preakness has been run in May, as the middle jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown, since 1932. However, The Sun reported that correspondence between Volvo organizers and Baltimore bid officials showed that the Volvo people requested a change in date for the Preakness or that the racing boats share Preakness Week — the race is May 18 — with Baltimore’s premier annual sporting event.

“We were coming at the wrong time for the city, and they couldn’t change the date,” Jon Bramley, Volvo’s spokesman, told The Sun.

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