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Volvo Ocean Race Miami Stopover Race Village Taking Shape
Volvo Ocean Race Sails into Miami May 6, 2012

Posted Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Volvo Ocean Race Miami Stopover Race Village Taking Shape

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Sometimes it takes a village to make things right. The City of Miami is creating one for the Volvo Ocean Race, and it’s making progress. The Volvo Ocean Racing Village, located in the heart of Downtown Miami, will welcome the fleet during the stopover as well as host Beyond Water, a 14-day series of concerts and water events designed to not only mark the stopover but also, to raise awareness of Earth’s most precious resource–our oceans.

Volvo Ocean Race Miami Operations Director Don Poole and his team of Alan Pruett, Ryan Alexander and Dan Tinney recently unveiled the layout and design of the 20-acre village in Bicentennial Park.

“The village has really taken shape,” Poole says. Planning is moving forward, “The documents are being assembled for the permitting process for the city,” says Dan Tinney, architect of Dan Tinney & Associates.

The village will include temporary exhibit pavilions, parking areas, a V.I.P. reception area, public cafés, dock space for the racing boats, temporary bleachers for viewing events and a large scale stage production to host multiple concerts.


The Volvo Ocean Race Miami Website,, is up and running. Track the race after its launch in Alicante, Spain, and keep up to date with Miami’s progress as it prepares to welcome the fleet from May 6-20, 2012.

Sponsors, city officials and race fans alike can visit the site to track not only the boats visiting our own Biscayne Bay, but festivities taking place at the city’s very own Volvo International RacingVillage.

This site provides a schedule of many events for sailing enthusiasts of all ages, including the College National Championship Semifinals, Youth National Opti Championships and sailing events for newcomers.

Don’t miss out on the Cardboard Canoe Competitions and Classic Steamboat Races which are also scheduled for Beyond Water.

As the race approaches, hundreds of thousands of guests will descend upon the village for excellent food,drinks, music and fun.

Concerts are lining up with international recording artists, so log on and tune it for big announcements to come. The site lists schedules of events taking place across South Florida right now.


They won't ask you to suit up and sail around the world in the roughest seas, but they do need help hosting the race’s only North American stopover.

The regatta will bring the world’s most intrepid sailors to Miami from May 6-20, 2012, and will also host Beyond Water, a cultural and environmental awareness event that will coincide with the stopover.

Sailing and other water activities for enthusiasts of all ages will take place during those two weeks, as will concerts and culinary events.

Visit the site, for more information. Click the “Volunteer” link under the “Important Links” section at the bottom.

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