Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Volvo Sailors Hit The Everglades in Florida - Volvo Ocean Race Miami Stopover Update

During the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Miami many of the sailors have swapped their wet weather gear for t-shirts and taking the opportunity to explore Florida with their families and friends.
Photo: Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race
Groupama's Media Crew Member (MCM) Yann Riou was having a blast through the Everglades 'River of Grass' while CAMPER's Tony 'Trae' Rae got a taste of the exotic local wildlife (think alligators and snakes) with daughter, Leisha.
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
For the crews the airboat ride was a welomed respite from life onboard a Volvo 70 ploughing through the ocean in up to 40 odd knots of wind. 
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
The Florida sunshine came out to play as the group darted around the famous sub-tropical wilderness designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and Wetland of International Importance
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
The natural habitat is full of many rare and endangered species. Over forty species of mammals inhabit Everglades National Park. Though they often utilise drier habitats, many are also adapted to the semi-aquatic habitats of the Everglades. White-tailed Deer can often be seen wading through the sawgrass prairies.
Wade Morgan and family Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
Though there are likely thousands of alligators in the Everglades, they remain protected because of their close resemblance to the far more endangered American crocodile.

Lulu Roseman

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