OpSail 2000 Miami

Op Sail 2000 Miami

On the morning of 6 June 2000, scores of majestic tall ships of all classes will enter.

The Port of Miami channel framed by the beauty of the morning sun.

Guided by a fleet of tugboats with water cannon spouting, the ships will be welcomed by thousands of cheering spectators on shore and pleasure boats in the water.

South Florida begins its romance with OpSail 2000 on this morning.

“Miami Dade County has the honor of being the first continental US port for Op Sail 2000, and we intend to make the most of it,”

says Howard Slotnick, Op Sail Miami 2000 chairman and CEO.

“We also expect significant tourist participation, particularly from Latin America.

This is a golden opportunity for the area. ” With Miami Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas serving as honorary chair, plans are underway to create an unforgettable week of tall ship events.

More than one million South Floridians and international visitors will have the opportunity to tour the vessels and celebrate the year 2000 with the ships’ five thousand cadets,

crews and officers from around the world. In addition, there will be public and private receptions and concert events.

Tluoughout their stay in the Port of Miami, the cadets of these tall ships will be hosted by local consulates and volunteers.

OpSail Miami 2000 will actively participate in the National Maritime Historical Society ‘s educational program, entitled “Beyond the Spectacle.”

Miami Dade County schools will receive curriculum guides, and many classes will participate in the “adopt-a-ship program.”

Students will correspond by e-mail with ships at sea, and then participate in ships’ tours to meet the officers, crew and cadets of their adopted vessel.

From 6 June through 10 June, Miami will salute the tall ships and the lure and lore of the seas.

In addition to touring the ships and meeting their crew,

visitors can participate in the largestSeaFair Miami has ever seen. Nearly $2 million will be raised to create this huge waterfront event.

Spectators will visit a sea-themed art show, scores of sea-related exhibits, a seafood festival featuring South Florida’s renowned chefs and restaurants,

and enjoy seafaring musical entertainment from South Florida and the Caribbean.

The Port and adjacent areas, including Miami’s Bayfront Park and Amphitheater, the Bayside Marketplace.

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