Three decades of progress

WHAT'S NEXT? Spectators in the Volvo Ocean Race Village watch one of the race boats leave the dock during its 2015 stop in Newport. In 2018, the round-the-globe race will come back to the City By The Sea for its only North American stop. / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/CARMEN HIDALGO
WHAT'S NEXT? Spectators in the Volvo Ocean Race Village watch one of the race boats leave the dock during its 2015 stop in Newport. In 2018, the round-the-globe race will come back to the City By The Sea for its only North American stop. / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/CARMEN HIDALGO
Editor's note: In celebration of Providence Business News' 30th anniversary, staff writers and contributors examined the stories and trends that defined the region's business scene for the period. As the ocean has evolved from a commercial transportation asset into a leisure-time facilitator, Rhode Island has kept up with the transition. Thus, while fishing and trade…

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