Cultural Events

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One of the aspects that differentiates Miami Sailing Week from other National and International regattas is the cultural tie-in. Our aim is to reach out to sailors and the local community alike and offer a different prospective on sailing and what it represents through the eyes of world’s best photographers.

Between 2010 and 2013 we worked with Nautical Photographers, Cory Silken, Franco Pace and Onne van der Wal whose exhibitions summarized their fantastic body of work from the past years in the filed of yachting and sailing.

In 2014, we worked with Cushy Gigs, a Wynwood based creative team, engaging ten local street artists to create ten custom-tailored white canvasses shaped as jibs showcasing sailing through their imagination. The sails were displayed at the iconic premier open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment destination in Coconut Grove.

Sailing Dreams was the title of Miami Sailing Week Annual Art Exhibit in 2015. We invited to Miami light painting forerunner Vicki DaSilva and organized a special pop-up exhibition in conjunction with Galleria Ca’ d’Oro.

In 2016 we partnered with our friends at Wooden Boat Magazine and Florida based boat builder George Krewson to build an original Shellback sailboat in one-week time. We set-up a temporary boat-building shed in CocoWalk that, coincidently, was home, back in the 1950’s, of a real boat building business. 

In conjunction with this project we partnered with Italian artist and painter, Roberto Fiorentino, an innovating artist and painter from Italy, which will feature his “OFFshore” collection in his pop-up “WeGallery” inside CocoWalk.

In 2017 for the first time, music was the cultural component of both the Miami and Newport Sailing Weeks. In both cities, local bands were invited to showcase their best tunes and get sailors and the community to dance under the starts.

 

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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