The prestigious Volvo Ocean Race is making its only North American stop in Miami this week until May 20. The six sailing teams, which will have endured eight grueling months of sailing against the elements by the time it’s all over, are scheduled to arrive today at Bicentennial Park for a pit stop.
The race began in Alicante (Spain) and has so far made stops in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand) and Itajai (Brazil).
After Miami, the world-class sailboats, engineered for maximum speed, efficiency and safety, will cross the Atlantic for three additional stops: Lisbon (Portugal), Cap L’Orient (France) and the final leg to Galway (Ireland).
Downtown Miami, already bursting with international culture, reflects this global journey in the Volvo Race Village, a fair celebrating the intrepid adventures and courage of the Volvo sailors with over 27 acres of entertainment, interactive pavilions, rides, 3D-cinema and high-class sailing action bordering Biscayne Bay, including a Pro-Am Regatta.
MORE THAN SAILING
Although the six professional race teams will compete for points toward the overall leader board during the In-Port Race, locals will also get to enjoy Biscayne Bay, one of Miami’s best natural and recreational resources. The Downtown Miami Race Village has also partnered with local sailing associations to offer public sailing lessons. Other water sports include kite sailing, wake boarding, a canoe and paddle board race — all favorite activities for Miami’s water babies.
IF YOU GO
Puma and Camper are race sponsors, so if you’re in the market for fashionable sportswear and gear, plan on doing some shopping.
The fair is free and open daily to the public until May 20th. Hours of operation are 10 am to 7 PM, Sunday through Thursday and 10 am to 10 PM, Friday through Saturday. For more information, visit Volvo Ocean Race Miami.
– Maria de los Angeles is a freelance wordsmith based in Miami.