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Welcome to the 2019 Miami Sailing Week International regatta. For the 10th year, competitors from as far as Australia and as close as our own backyard will be among the numerous sailors that will compete in our annual event: Miami Sailing Week.

MSW regatta is scheduled for March 4-10, 2019. Different classes will be racing on the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Miami. 

This event attracts more than 200 sailors each year from some 23 countries and the attention of national and international media. From award ceremonies, cocktail parties and cultural exhibits, the event will feature a week of activities gathering both the sailors and the local community. A number of local sailing organizations will put forth a collaborative effort to support the regatta. For 2019, the organizing committee is forecasting an increase in participation from local and international sailing enthusiasts.

The prestigious Coconut Grove Sailing Club, the US Sailing Center, Shake a Leg, City of Miami, Coconut Grove Business Development and Miami-Dade County will continue to support and sustain the event.

An update on Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag crew member John Fisher, from Richard Brisius, the President of the Volvo Ocean Race:

This morning I am extremely sad to inform you that one of our sailors, John Fisher, from Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, is now presumed to have been lost at sea.

This is heart-breaking for all of us. As sailors and race organisers losing a crew member at sea is a tragedy we don't ever want to contemplate. We are devastated and our thoughts are with John's family, friends and teammates.

Yesterday, just after 1300 UTC, Race Control for the Volvo Ocean Race were informed of a man overboard situation by Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. We immediately coordinated with the team as well as the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, who have located a ship and diverted it towards the scene. But at current speeds it remains over a day away.

With the rest of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet approximately 200 miles downwind, sending them back upwind to assist, against gale to storm force winds, was not a viable option.

The team conducted an exhaustive search for several hours in extremely challenging weather conditions, but they were unable to recover their teammate.

Given the cold water temperature and the extreme sea state, along with the time that has now passed since he went overboard, we must now presume that John has been lost at sea.

All of us here at the Volvo Ocean Race organisation send our heartfelt condolences out to John's family, his friends and his teammates and we will do everything in our power to support them in this very difficult time. The team has now resumed heading in a north-easterly direction.

In fact, the team is currently in a challenging position – the weather is deteriorating and is forecast to be quite severe over the course of today.

The crew is, of course, emotionally and physically drained after what they have just experienced. Our sole focus now is to provide all the support and assistance that we can to the team.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to John's family.
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