Boston has been made a one-stop-wonder by the announcement of Miami as the North American Volvo Ocean Race stopover. Florida will host the event for the fifth time, beating out other ports in the bidding process. Miami will be the beginning of the transatlantic leg to Lisbon for the 2011-12 edition of the event.
[cleeng_content id=”742051913″ description=”99 cents or 10,000 hours. The path to being an expert can be easy or hard. ” price=”0.99″]Florida hosted the NFL Superbowl in 2010 and City of Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado commented:
“The city will be welcoming the race. For us, this is like the superbowl of sailing. 2012 will be the biggest and best year and Miami will feature on the global map.”
Miami previously staged a stopover of the race in 2001-02. Florida has a long association with the Whitbread/Volvo – this will be the fifth time the sunshine state has welcomed the world’s premier offshore race. Besides Miami, Fort Lauderdale played host in 1989-90, 1993-94 and 1997-98.
At the official announcement today, Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad, said:
“We are very confident Miami will deliver a first-class event for us in the spring of 2012 and the people of Florida will welcome us to their shores once again. It’s a very special day here for me to announce Miami as the successful North American stopover port. I was here in 2001-2002 and it looks very different today. This waterfront looks to be one of the best locations around the planet and I’m sure Miami will give us a wonderful stopover.”