The Volvo Race will once again be making a stop in the United States, this time in the port of Miami. Organizers have announced that for the 2011-12 running, the fleet will finish there at the end of a leg beginning in Brazil.
Miami will then serve as the jumping-off point for a transatlantic leg finishing in Lisbon. According to race organizers, Miami fought off a number of other North American cities in order to secure a position as a stopping place for the round-the-world event. In 2008-2009, the Volvo fleet stopped in Boston before setting out across the Atlantic.
This will be the fifth time a Whitbread or Volvo race has stopped in Florida. Besides Miami, Fort Lauderdale played host in 1989-90, 1993-94 and 1997-98.
"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," said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad. Race activities will take place at 29-acre Bicentennial Park, on Biscayne Bay, in the heart of downtown Miami.
Although Volvo has not yet named all the ports involved in the next running of the event, it has said the race will begin in Alicante, Spain, in the autumn of 2011, and finish in Galway, Ireland, in the summer of 2012.
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