$99 for Volvo Ocean Race's Exclusive Gala with Three-Course Dinner and Open Bar on May 17 at 7 p.m. ($350 Value)


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To celebrate international race's American arrival, VIP guests mingle over live music, open-bar beverages, and three-course dinner.

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Promotional value expires May 17, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

When countries cross oceans to meet up, it's usually to sign treaties, be in the Olympics, or collectively overcome their fear of dolphins. Slip past the ocean's bouncers with this Groupon.

$99 for Admission to Exclusive Gala ($350 Value)

Starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, teams, city officials, and VIP guests convene for an exclusive, invitation-only gala to commemorate the Volvo Ocean Race's sixth leg awards presentation. As the event bestows prizes and honors the winners of the leg from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, attendees can enjoy an open bar, three-course dinner, and live entertainment throughout the evening. Business-casual attire is required, which means all skipper hats must have neckties hanging from their brims.

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.

Customer Reviews

Great trip and really good and knowledgable commentary.
Bruce T. · May 26, 2012
Keep the race going! It is thrilling and a great help to sailors and sailing everywhere since it gets so much attention. I think the public needs momentos -if onlytee shirts and hats - from all the boats. I wanted some that were not offered. Take a cue from Disney in Orlando for food from the countries of the boats and crews...andthings to sell. I think the public needs more interviews with crew members. I particularly loved havingmy name written in Arabic at the Abu Dhabi pavilion! A very classy, free thing to do! There couldbe "native" dancers from some of the countries - handicrafts from China - etc.
Judith S. · May 24, 2012
Thanks for showing people what real sailors can do!
Shane W. · May 21, 2012

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