When countries cross oceans to meet up, it’s usually to sign treaties, be in the Olympics, or collectively overcome our fear of dolphins. Slip past the ocean’s bouncers with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $49 for a VIP weekday pass to the Volvo Ocean Race (a $200 value)
- $59 for a VIP weekday pass to the Volvo Ocean Race and a race-village tour (a $265 value)<p>
The VIP weekday pass gives its bearer eight days of access to the Volvo Ocean Race’s VIP areas. From Monday to Thursday during both event weeks, guests can relax in the exclusive Ocean Race Club—located right on Biscayne Bay by the Volvo Open 70 racing yachts—enjoying refreshments with one drink voucher and one food voucher. Private village tours take race-goers through the Downtown Miami Race Village, where they get a chance to learn about the race’s history, experience rides, simulators, and attractions, and see the race crews up close.<p>
Volvo Ocean Race
Over the course of 24 hours, audiences await as six sailing vessels speed into the Port of Miami, one by one. At the helm stand six crews of 11 men from 15 countries around the world, many of them Olympic gold medalists and America's Cup champions. In the past five months, each one has helped navigate a route from Spain eastward, around Africa, through Indonesian islands, skirting Antarctic waters, and up the eastern coast of South America. The race pauses in Miami’s Bicentennial Park—its only North American stop—on May 6 for a 14-day celebration at the Downtown Miami Race Village, a 27-acre expanse filled with interactive installations and scheduled race-centric events.
Throughout the festivities, visitors can step onto the deck of a simulator that emulates the movements of a Volvo Open 70, the race’s official ship model, or gain access to the harbor to witness a real ship without having to wear a fake captain’s beard. Both festival weekends contain a dense roster of events, including a classic car show, steamboat races, and paddleboard competitions, as well as multicultural food tastings and youth sailing regattas. On the final weekend, in-port races pit the tournament’s crews against each other on a short, close-quarters course within the harbor, giving audiences a chance to see the crews in action. Amateur VIP sailors can also pit their sail-wrangling and tide-control skills against the professional competitors in the harbor pro-am race before the six competing teams leave port again for their next leg to Lisbon.