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Star Class


J70 Class


Viper Class


Vx One Class


A-CAT Catamarans


M32 Class


Flying Tiger Class


VX Evo Class


Melges 24 Class


How to succeed in Miami


Genius on the water


Women in sailing today


A premonition of Newport


Carbon, Carbon everywhere


A medical emergency

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Editorial Director: Gabriele Pedone Editor: Connie Bichoff Designer: Ana Julia Diaz Production: STUDIOMILANO Contributing Authors: Connie Bischoff Gabriele Pedone Verรณnica Muller Stu Johnstone Buttons Padin Brian Bennett Bailey White Craig Leweck Cory Silken Pete Levesque Maggie Shea Jill Smoak Cont. Photographers: Cory Silken Onne van der Wal Printed by: Aura Grafix

Special Thanks to: Eddie Cutillas and Bacardi U.S.A., Keith Gapp and EFG Regatta Chair Mark Pincus, Jon VanderMolen and the Star Class, Ed Padin and the Viper 640 Class, Emmanuel Cerf and the A-CAT Class, Jeff Johnstone and the J/70 Class, Brian Bennett and the VX One/ VX Evo Class, Joy Dunigan and the Melges 24 Class, Jim Pollock and the Flying Tiger Class, Dave Doucett and the M32 Class. |






Since 1979 SLAM manufactures, distributes and licenses sailing apparel and accessories for men and women. The main idea behind this revolutionary clothing line is to constantly provide concrete improvements to the sailor’s comfort and performance. The company is renowned for paying extreme attention to product innovation, to the extent that they have made hi-tech their vocation. SLAM has maintained their original spirit, to constantly explore whatever is new and to continually strive to produce ultra-modern materials. The production of their clothing line is the result of a long experience with the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV) and many professional racing teams. Today there are forty SLAM stores all over the world located in the most prestigious locations. In 2010 SLAM won the 33rd America’s Cup with BMW ORACLE Racing as it served as the Official Supplier and technical partner of the challenger. North Sails is the world’s leading sailmaker with 63 major lofts and 56 service, sales & satellite locations in 29 countries. Since it was founded by Star World Champion and Olympic Medalist Lowell North in 1957 in San Diego, CA, North’s growth and success has been built on a foundation of superior performance, quality, technology and customer service. A proud sponsor of the Bacardi Cup, North Sails prides itself on employing One Design sailors who have the experience and knowledge needed to win local, national and world championship titles. When performance counts, the choice is clear.

BACARDI.COM Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. is the United States import and distribution arm of one of the world’s leading spirits and wine producers. The company boasts a portfolio of some of the most recognized and top-selling spirits brands in the United States including BACARDI ® rum, the world’s favorite and best-selling premium rum, as well as the world’s most awarded rum; GREY GOOSE® vodka, the world-leader in super-premium vodka; DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch Whisky, the number-one selling blended Scotch whisky in the United States; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, the top-valued premium gin in the world; CAZADORES® blue agave tequila, the number-one premium tequila in the world; MARTINI ® vermouth, the world-leader in vermouth; and other leading and emerging brands.






The Vicenzi Group has built its success since 1905. Vicenzi has a passion for traditional pastry making and puts particular attention in selecting quality ingredients. Vicenzi looks at the future while focusing on the fine Italian pastry tradition, with the same spirit of enterprise that has transformed them from a small artisan pastry in Verona started by Matilde Vicenzi to a large family-run international group. The group comprises three brands, each with its own special characteristics: Pasticceria Matilde Vicenzi, Grisbi’ and Mr.Day. The Vicenzi brand is well established in Italy and present in over 100 countries around the world. Top products include puff pastries, ladyfingers, amaretti and sponge cakes. Nautical Channel is the only international 24/7 nautical sports and lifestyle channel in the world. The channel caters to a local and worldwide audience and is available to over 20 million subscribers in 37 countries in English, French, German, and Russian. It is on over one hundred international pay TV, satellite, subscriber IpTV, mobile phone, Digital Terrestrial, MMDS and cable TV platforms. Sailing and boating sports make up over half the programming and have become more popular than ever, thanks to the enthusiasm nerated by competitions such as the America’s Cup World series, Vendée Globe, H2O power boating and Volvo Ocean Race and Bacardi Sailing Weeks. CocoWalk is the renowned Tuscan-style shopping, dining, and lifestyle center located in the heart of Coconut Grove. The first Florida lifestyle center, CocoWalk benefits from a trend-setting design and configuration that produces a unique ambiance central to its success. Its mix of unique boutiques, casual dining, specialty shops, art galleries, movie theaters and live music entertainment results in a chic yet casual environment that draws loyal local residents and curious tourists. The latter has helped keep CocoWalk and Coconut Grove in the top five of the most popular tourist destinations in Greater Miami.. The Coconut Grove BID is a Board of the City of Miami dedicated to protecting and enhancing the vitality of Coconut Grove’s commercial core. Established in 2009 by its property owners and merchants, the BID has developed a variety of programs to keep the District clean and secure, fund marketing projects, sponsor special events, beautify the streetscapes, make capital improvements, collect and disseminate economic development research, facilitate access to parking, foster new business relationships, and partner with national, state and local organizations.

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Newport’s Premiere Year-round Destination. Brick walks, granite quays, and 18th century commercial wharf buildings bring you back to Bowen’s beginnings as a thriving seaport in one of the finest natural harbors in New England. Trading with all corners of the world, then and now, we boast over 30 businesses and a full-service marina. Water & historic tours abound and we are a host for world-class events: Bowen’s Wharf is the anchor of Newport! Escape to the waterfront.

HATUEY’s roots date back over 100 years, named after the Indian Chief Hatuey who led the Taino tribe resistance in the 16th century, HATuey captured Cuba’s essence and became the country’s most popular beer,owning over 50% market share in the late 1950s. HATUEY®, the Cuban Style Ale is made in the U.S.A. with malted barley, hops, yeast and water, following traditional small-batch brewing techniques. It’s double filtered for optimal quality and has a golden, straw color and an airy mouth feel, that finishes with a cool and crisp effect. Our Cuban Style Ale is a representation of the golden age when people from around the world visited Cuba because of their rich culture, architecture, music, food, spirits, cigars, clubs, casinos and the best beaches in the Caribbean. This heritage remains alive today, transcending geography and language. It’s a timeless blend of passion, distinction and magic and we’ve captured it all in our unique brew.

NEWPORTSHIPYARD.COM Newport Shipyard, one of the most popular and recommended shipyards in the U.S., is a full-service marina and shipyard with over 3,500 linear feet of dock space that can accommodate yachts up to 300+ feet. Its amenities include a dockside café, ship store, fitness center, courtesy vehicles and crew housing. With its friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere and event planning capabilities, Newport Shipyard also hosts many other prestigious yachting events, including the biennial Newport to Bermuda Race Crew Party, the Newport Charter Yacht Show (June 19-23, 2017) and the Candy Store Cup (formerly the Newport Bucket), an annual super yacht regatta (July 27-29, 2017).




REGATTA is a brand of premium mixers consisting of all natural hand crafted ginger beer. The company uses the highest quality ingredients with a blend of the finest ginger sourced from all over the world. Our flagship product – Regatta Ginger Beer – is perfect for mixing cocktails or even enjoying straight as a refreshing alternative! Crafted in small batches and naturally sweetened with pure cane sugar for a clean refreshing taste, Regatta Ginger Beer adds a unique and zesty ‘ginger kick’ to any mixed drink where ginger ale, club soda, or tonic might be used. Regatta is the bartender’s choice for Ginger Beer and is used in a wide range of cocktails, the most popular being the Moscow Mule. Try Regatta Ginger Beer in other recipes too, such as the Mexican Mule, the Kentucky Mule, the Perfect Storm, and much more! When you hear “Santa Margherita,” you probably think of their iconic Pinot Grigio. While their proud to have led an entire generation of Italian white wines with this inspiring and much-loved favorite, there’s a lot more to their story. Santa Margherita represents the best of tradition, innovation, a passion for authentic and enjoyable wines, and respect for the people and the lands that produces them. Santa Margherita has grown to encompass vineyards across Italy, from the Veneto to Tuscany, producing distinctive, authentic wines of deep tradition and regional character. Their wines are crafted for the evolving tastes of today’s fine wine lovers, and they invite you to pair the people and foods in your life with the Pinot Grigios, their brilliant Prosecco, complex Chianti Classico Riserva or their delicate Sparkling Rosé. Yachting Times Magazine is the only bilingual (English & Spanish) boating and yachting lifestyle magazine in America. Yachting Times is a luxury publication with very extensive and select readership and distribution channels. YTM can now be found in hundreds of luxury resorts, hotels, private social clubs and yacht clubs both in the US and in Latin America, as well as in West Marine’s and Barnes & Noble’s premium stores. Yachting Times is present every year at exclusive yachting venues worldwide, like the Bacardi Miami and Newport Sailing Weeks, the Panerai North American Classic Circuit, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and Trofeo Almirante Conde de Barcelona. Visit YTM’s bilingual website where you can access current and past issues at your leisure. .





90 Most interesting facts, Milestones and People of the Bacardi Cup






Iconic Sailing Event

Days of competition conceived in 1927

Boats participated in the Inagural Regatta

Years after the first event WWII halted the Cup for five years

Years after the first event the Bacardi Cup resumed in Cuba until 1957



BACARDI CUP The Bacardi family for starting and believing in this competition “Ding� Schoonmaker and Frank Zagarino for making the transition from Cuba to Miami Tito Bacardi for taking the beloved Bacardi Cup under his wing Eddie Cutillas for taking the Bacardi Cup to the next level and preserving this annual tradition

BACARDI USA, Inc. for supporting the event in an extraordinary way







Different countries have been represented in the competition

Years of Bacardi Cup in Miami, that is since 1962 when the Cup would once again return

Star boats typically enter each year

Bacardi Cup Champions

Who will win this year?


Sailing Heals Sails into our 5th Year of Spirit-Lifting Escapes at Sea Sailing Heals has been privileged to host over 2,500 VIP patient guests and caregivers over the last 5 years for spirit-lifting afternoons at sea and beautiful sea-side lunches. Our mission is simply to give people that are going through a difficult health challenge, a chance to escape their problems for a while and be reminded that exciting adventures--and new friends--can still be a part of their life experience. With over 200 volunteer Host Captains registered across 9 states, and about 34 days of sailing a year, we are proud to start our busy season each year at Miami Sailing Week and are very grateful for the support of Bacardi, Studio Milano and all those who contribute to the Pro-Am Gala! In addition to our general healing sails, we are pleased to host many annual “flagship” sails for specific groups such as, · Survivors from the Boston Marathon Bombings for our “Wicked Strong Sail” · Children waiting for transplants from Boston Children’s Hospital for our “Pirates and Princesses Treasure Hunt Adventure” · Our “Guys Sail” for gentlemen going through a cancer experience and, · Our “Nurses Sail” honoring those who work to help cancer patients every day are also much-anticipated annual events. Please visit our NEW website at WWW.SAILINGHEALS.ORG for more information.


Launching Boats and Dreams since 1990. Twenty-five years ago, Shake-A-Leg Miami entered into a partnership with the City of Miami to convert the historic US Coast Guard Seaplane Base into Miami’s premier community watersports center. Together we have created the community gateway to Biscayne Bay and beyond. Our Mission is to use the marine environment to improve the health, education and independence of adults and children with disabilities, as well as disadvantaged youth and their families. We are especially proud of our quarter century of service to this diverse community. Lives have been changed, individuals have achieved levels of skills and confidence that they would never have known and miracles are an everyday event. Thousands of Miamians have found freedom on Biscayne Bay. Working with a variety of organizations and school, we have developed programs which are accessible to youth, people with disabilities and wounded veterans. Through the support from generous individuals and community partners, we serve over 8,000 children and adults annually. We use the excitement of water-sports activities to motivate and challenge. We use the calming effect of water to soothe and comfort those individuals who need a little peace and tranquility after suffering an incidence of trauma or loss. We are a place where kids are helping kids make friends, learn skills and live a better life. We are honored to be a part of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week. Thank you for all you do for the community. And, Sail fast to all the participating sailors!


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Team Paradise is a truly unique sailing organization that gives the disabled community an opportunity to sail at all levels of expertise. No disability is severe enough to prevent sailing with us. Wheelchair bound or not, our boats are customized and adapted to match the abilities of the crew. Team Paradise will get you out sailing! U.S. Olympic gold medal sailor, Magnus Liljedahl, founded Team Paradise in 2005. He shares what he learns from others and is quick to point out the many benefits that sailing has to offer: “Sailing is oftentimes a soothing and relaxing experience, providing solitude and contemplation while improving concentration, core strength and mental wellness. Sailing teaches teamwork and communication, and is a shared accomplishment that builds self-confidence. Time spent with Team Paradise allows you to unplug and reconnects you with nature and with yourself.” Team Paradise offers FREE non-competitive community sailing opportunities for Wounded Warriors, people with physical disabilities and for our underserved youth. Class fees and tuitions are pre-paid through grants, donations and proceeds from our Sailing School and membership. Team Paradise’s Mission Statement: “Dedicated to changing lives by inspiring and empowering the physically handicapped to experience outdoor recreational, educational and healing activities through the sport of sailing.” TEAM PARADISE

Please visit our website at WWW.TEAMPARADISE.ORG for more information.


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Star class

WHEN YOU SAIL CLASS REPORT CARD “The Star Class is learning how to be strong and prestigious without Olympic status: A greater number of boats in production; increase in sail production; the BACARDI Cup stronger than ever; Star Sailors League with another approach on the sailing sport; and the Star Winter Series with its four regattas. Australia and Chile are showing good activity too. We look forward to the Star Worlds in 2017 in Denmark.” “The Star is a great boat and class… with famous sailors, tradition and style. One great challenge is to upgrade the Star color on your sail. For us, it was a special feeling after winning the Gold Star in Buenos Aires 2015. Pleasant to sail in light air due to enormous sail area and low water surface, it is extremely sensible in medium winds requiring adjusting the spar (rigging, wires and sails). For heavy winds, it gets very athletic. There is no secret! Just get intimate with your crew, boat, mast and sails. All have to be joined smoothly together.” Class President Lars Grael

YOUNG STARS “Having been in competition for nearly a hundred years, the Star class offers sailors opportunities to try their skills against giants of the sport. They have helped to deepen my commitment to the sport. I am grateful to learn from the rich history of the Star Class and am excited to be part of its future.” Joshua Revkin, 26, Crew/Owner 8177 2016 North American Championship, First Place 2016 Worlds, Third Place “The Star is the finale. The Finn is a great stepping stone, but the ultimate challenge is racing in the Star. I’ve found it to be the most rewarding thing to do in life, the Star is my happy place. The best part is, as more young guys come up into the class, the future looks so bright!” Luke Lawrence, 26, Skipper 2016 Worlds 5th place, Race 6 Winner


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ast April, Coral Reef Yacht Club hosted the 2016 Star Worlds. It was like the BACARDI CUP doubled…with Miami’s Augie Diaz winning with his very talented and world champion crew Bruno Prada. Augie wears a nice watch he won as Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and he is a past CRYC Dockwalloper. Watch out at this year’s BACARDI CUP for the many new stars who were shinning at the Worlds. Miami local Magnus Liljedahl has won the Bacardi Cup five times as Crew. In November 2016, he was honored with CRYC’s Dockwalloper Award, presented for leadership in connection with amateur yacht racing, under sail, in bay or ocean. Magnus is the founder & operator of Team Paradise, a non-profit organization devoted to Paralympic sailing. By: Star Class Office

For more information, visit

WWW.STARCLASS.ORG or WWW.STARWINTER.COM PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS LOA 22 ft 7 in Beam 5 ft 7 in Draft 3 ft 3 in Weight 1479 lbs Spinnaker No Crew 2 |





ince its introduction in March 2012, the J/70 one-design speedster is already sailing in 25+ countries with over 1,200+ boats delivered and more than four dozen fleets established worldwide. Why has J/70 achieved this remarkable growth? Because J/70 is simply fun to sail and is easily handled by 12 year old skippers, women’s teams and adults well into their 70s. The J/70 achieved the unprecedented feat of being the first sailboat in history to receive four of yachting’s most prestigious awards at the same time- the “European Yacht of the Year”, “Sailing World Boat of the Year”, “SAIL Best Boat” and “Yachts & Yachting Best Performance” awards. And, it’s the only boat in World Sailing Federation history to ever be awarded “International Class” status in less than twenty-four months from its introduction. The fourth J/70 World Championship will be sailed off Porto Cervo, Sardinia, hosted by YC Costa Smeralda- over 80 teams from two dozen countries are expected to attend!

MOMENTUM… In virtually every regatta (one-design or multi-class), the J/70 class sets attendance records. It’s been called “the right boat at the right time” by sailing industry veterans worldwide. The first J/24 Midwinters in 1978 had 21 boats, the first J/70 Midwinters in Key West had 39 boats. The next four J/70 Key West Midwinter regattas had 55+ boats. Momentum is growing significantly in Europe, South America and Asia. Italy hosted their fourth EuroCup on Lake Garda with 35+ boats. YC Monaco has established a large fleet in Monte Carlo and hosted the inaugural J/70 European Championship in 2015 with nearly 70 boats! The German J/70 Class created the Deustche Segel-Bundesliga, a sailing league format that provides “college-style” sailing for everyone. The response has been overwhelming! Since inception in 2014, 80+ sailing clubs participated in a summer-long five regatta “championship” program. The format has become so successful that similar “sailing leagues” in 2016 were conducted in Denmark, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Italy, Monaco, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway; with the finale for the “SAILING Champions League” taking place at YC Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.


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THE WHOLE FAMILY! “THE” J/SPORTBOAT Was the J/70 something that J/Boats had been working on for years? You bet, in fact decades. The concept was initially hatched in the “sprit/ sport” boat strategy discussions J/Boats held back in the early 1990s. While the J/105 became the first “J/sprit” design to be introduced in 1991 (the world’s first production sprit keelboat design), the little 23 foot trailerable boat was already on the drawing boards. In the meantime, J/Boats has built over 1,600 J/22s, 5,500 J/24s and 1,600 J/80s. It was only a matter of time before a lifting-keel, one-design J/ Sportboat would be designed to address the growing needs of J sailors worldwide. So far, 1,200+ new owners and thousands of J/70 sailors are simply loving the fun, camaraderie and experience of sailing the world’s largest sportboat class.

For more information, visit WWW.JBOATS.COM or WWW.J70CLASS.COM



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22 ft 9 in 7 ft 5 in 4 ft 9 in 1750 lbs Yes 3-4 2.5hp Outboard

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n 2016, the Viper 640 Class crossed a number of thresholds on its way to becoming an international class.

In January, the 30+ clubs of the Gulf Yachting Association selected the Viper to be its new interclub boat for their century-old Capdevielle series. Immediately, GYA member clubs began ordering Vipers. The first eight new Vipers were delivered to the GYA’s Opening Regatta at Fairhope (AL) Yacht Club in May; and watching the club members rig their new Vipers was like watching kids under the tree at Christmas. If you look out across the Viper fleet at this week’s Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, you’re likely to see one of the dozen or so GYA Vipers sailing in their first Bacardi Regatta. In November, 2016, two exciting things happened for the Vipers. On November 9, World Sailing voted to accept the Viper 640 Class’s application to become a World Sailing member class. Following that, members of the Viper 640 Class Association cast their votes ratifying membership in World Sailing. Becoming a World Sailing class was a major step for the Viper. With established fleets in both eastern and western Australia and growing fleets in Europe, World Sailing recognition will be a major stepping stone from which the Viper Class will expand its footprint around the globe. This World Sailing announcement was followed closely by the first Viper 640 International Championship, sailed in conjunction with the 2016 North American Championship on Bermuda’s Great Sound. Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club, this dual championship had all the trappings of a World Championship including international race management personnel and an international jury. And what great sailing that was...almost as grand as what Vipers enjoy on Biscayne Bay.


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CONNECT 2017: AN EVEN BETTER YEAR Which brings us to this year’s Bacardi Miami Sailing Week. A record fleet of Vipers is expected to be racing two regattas on Biscayne Bay. The Viper’s hold their EFG Winter Cup the Sunday-Monday before Bacardi, followed by Tuesday’s Miami Scorch – a reach across the Bay to Key Biscayne’s No Name Harbor for a great Cuban luncheon complimented by sea stories from around the world. Then, sailed in concert with Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, is the finale of the EFG Viper Pan-American Championship. The EFG Pan-Am circuit includes a series of qualifying regattas that earn Viper sailors points that they carry into the Championship this week in Miami. From Perth to Lake Garda and Bermuda to Long Beach, Viper sailors have been looking forward to this week’s EFG Viper Pan-American Championship. Looking further down the road, the Viper Class has its first World Championships on the drawing board and that’s sure to attract even more high-performance sailors from around the world. By: Ed “Buttons” Padin - Class Administrator

freedom to Enjoy. For more informatio on the Viper 640 Class, visit

WWW.VIPER640.ORG or contact Viper 640 Class Administrator Ed “Buttons” Padin at EPADIN@PEDESTA.COM


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VX ONE class



he multi award winning VX One is the best platform to lead us into the new age of affordable one-design sailing. It is touted by many world champions and all who sail it to be the ultimate crewed one-design sailboat. With tight tolerances, strict adherence to build specification by Olympic builders; Ovington and MacKay, and a durable package of all carbon spars by Southern, the VX One is one durable high performance package offering affordable value and exhilarating racing for men and women of all ages. Now in its 5th year, the VX One continues to impress with its low cost mobility advantages. Six boats per container or enclosed trailer means that your time is better spent than driving to regattas. Campaign costs are substantially reduced, and lots of regattas are coming on line in 2017. Full regatta concierge and charters are available through Bennett Yachting. Inc., the NA distributor. New this coming year is the Euro Gold Cup Tour including the GBR Nationals, Garda Gold Cup (Italy) and Ecole Navale Camaret (Brittany, France). With fleets growing throughout Europe, South America, North America and Australasia, this is sure to be an exciting circuit to be a part of. Come charter a boat, buy used or new, and join our fun worldwide family of VX One enthusiasts. A super sailing star’s comments about the VX One: “The best one-design ever” says Wolfgang Hunger, the 5 time 505 World Champion about the VX One sportsboat. He has been sailing the VX One in Germany throughout the year. “The rig works very well and is perfect to tune with the 3 pairs of shrouds for the whole wind range”. Wolfgang has been working with Danish sail loft Bojsen-Moller Sails and Holger Jess to develop sails. The VX One’s open sailmaker policy keeps costs down and quality up. The VX One has similar performance to the 505 but as Wolfgang states, much easier to sail, “much fun racing as it is so agile, with self-tacker and gennaker it is simple and no super crew is required.”


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CONNECT USA - VX ONE REGATTAS FOR 2017 Sarasota Winter Series (3 events), Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, Charleston Race Week, Annapolis NOOD, Bacardi Newport Sailing Week, Newport Regatta, Buzzards Bay Regatta, Fleet series events in the Great Lakes (Holland, MI), New England, Texas/ Oklahoma, Gulf Coast, California, North American Championships – Rush Creek YC (Texas)

INTERNATIONA REGATTAS FOR 2017: In addition to the Euro Circuit, regattas include Australian Nationals, GBR Nationals, Chile Nationals, France Nationals

FLEETS IN: USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Great Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and Belgium By: Brian Bennett

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LOA 19 ft 4 in Beam 7 ft 3 in Draft 4 ft 3 in Weight 573 lbs Gennaker Yes Crew 2-3



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A CATS class



he A-Class Catamaran (A-Cat) is the most actively raced high performance single-handed boat in North America. Capable of reaching speeds of 25 knots in 12 knots of breeze, it continues to develop and increase its performance and ease of use.

Historically the A-Cat has been dominant as an upwind weapon with double the speed of more traditional boats and with downwind speed equivalent or above the top spinnaker sport boats. With tight tacking angles and normal speeds of 10 to 14 knots upwind (and now up to 18 knots upwind when foiling upwind), the A-Cat is a pleasure to sail with a balanced and subtle helm and one that will climb over almost any boat on the water. People who join the class are diverse. Some are pros who keep an A-Cat for their own personal racing. Some are engineers who innovate with new systems. Some are dinghy and keelboat sailors who want to experience a more responsive boat. And some just love catamarans. For those who want to foil, the boat is now becoming increasingly fast and able to beat the spinnaker boats of the past which used to give it a run. The class breaks out the scoring for these foilers so that “like boats” can compete with “like boats”. For those who aren’t quite ready to get airborne, the class preserves tight racing and separate scoring. No matter your choice, the freedom from a kite allows for dramatically faster and more tactical mark roundings and the possibility of foiling around both the upwind and downwind marks. It also reduces running costs to an absolute minimum with most people buying one sail every year or two. Those who want to get into the class have a wide range of options. They can buy a starter for the price of a Laser or they can buy a brand new boat from DNA, eXploder, or other manufacturers for less than $30,000.

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LOA 18 ft Beam 7.5 ft Draft Unlimited Weight 165 lbs Gennaker None Sail Area 150 sq ft Crew 1

To win in the A-Cat requires new skills compared to more traditional boats. Pressure becomes the priority since the boats always accelerate, low drag and efficiency becomes more important than power. With the right rig settings, you can get slung back while sailing upwind as a puff hits and the boat accelerates. And the downwinds are even more impressive. A couple of hours on the A-Cat gives you the rush of the best of days spent big breeze ocean racing. The real reason to buy an A-Cat, though, is to learn and enjoy. You learn about innovation in sailing and how to get more performance out of the boat. You feel things more directly than you ever have before. Most importantly you will enjoy the active race circuit and comradery which comes with a class that people sail for the passion of it. The A-Cat is for those who love sailing fast. By: Bailey White |


M32 class

THE NEXT STEP IN SAIL RACING “It’s as easy to rig and launch as any beach cat. Just roll it into the water, and you’re off!” Malcolm Gefter, Owner/Driver M32 Liftoff and former skipper of Melges 32 and Swan 42 Celeritas 8


“After playing around with an M32 in Sweden, I found my next boat!” Ken Read, CEO North Sails he popular M32 designed by Swede Göran Marstrom and built by Aston Harald Composite AB, Sweden is a one-design lightwei ght, carbon multihull designed to be sailed by a broad range of abilities. The M32 offers fun and competitive fleet racing to the professional world of match racing on the World Match Racing Tour.

Over seventy M32s have been built to date with fleets in North America, Europe and Australia. In 2016, the class was awarded its official status by the World Sailing Federation and an International Class Association was established. The first M32 World Championships will be hosted in Marstrand, Sweden in July 2017. Following the rapid development of multihull sailing over the last few years, the M32 offers racing sailors an ideal transition from any class into performance multihull racing. The M32 is designed to be simple to sail with low running costs including the ability to tow the boat behind a standard car, as well as launch from a beach with just a few crew. The “Unarig” design on the M32 is designed so the boat can be sailed competitively by a crew of just four or five. The sail plan consists of a full batten carbon mainsail and furling gennaker delivering speeds up to 30 knots. On the water, the shape of the hulls are designed to sail easily in any conditions with plenty of volume in the bow to keep the hulls high on the waterline.

THE M32 SERIES The M32 Series is the name given to a series of M32 racing circuits hosted around the world for M32 owners and teams. Currently, there are three M32 Series circuits – the M32 Series North America including venues such as Miami, Newport RI, Chicago and San Francisco; the M32 Scandinavian Series in city venues such as Gothenburg, Stockholm and Helsinki, and new in 2016, the M32 Mediterranean Series in Monaco, Genoa, Lake Garda and Ibiza. For 2017, we will launch a new M32 Series in Australia. The M32 Series events are the ideal way for owners to enjoy their M32 anywhere in the world! By: James Pleasance

Interested in experiencing the M32 for yourself? Contact us at INFO@ASTONHARALD.COMcall us at (413) 364-0067 or visit us at WWW.M32WORLD.COM

M/32 PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS LOA 31 ft 9 in Beam 18.2 ft/ w/wings 27 ft 5 in Draft 5 ft 41 in Weight 1124 lbs Gennaker 200 sq ft Crew 4-5


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he National One Design Sailing Academy, in partnership with North U and Bill Gladstone are thrilled to be bringing our fleet of 10 Flying Tiger 7.5’s to BACARDI Miami Sailing Week as Leg 3 of our North U Regatta Experience.

The principal is simple. Many sailors would love to do a premier regatta like BACARDI Miami Sailing Week but are between boats, don’t own a boat or simply don’t want to deal with the logistics and costs of bringing their boat. Additionally, many feel that their game is not quite up to snuff to compete head to head. Our solution is that our fleet of Flying Tiger 7.5’s, powered by North Sails will be in the water, fully rigged, tuned and ready to race. Add to that a 2-day North U Clinic with Bill Gladstone and his group of professional coaches before the regatta and your onboard coach during the regatta. That is a seriously unprecedented way of participating in the BACARDI Miami Sailing Week and makes going home a better experience as you are a more knowledgeable and complete racer. While not particularly well known, The Flying Tiger 7.5 is the little sister of the much better known Flying Tiger 10M. The Flying Tiger 7.5 was also designed by Robert H. Perry, is built by Hansheng Boatbuilding Co. and marketed by Tom Hirsh and Flying Tiger Boats of San Diego and National One Design Sailing Academy in Canada.

THE DETAILS At 25 feet in length and only 2150 lbs with plenty of sail area this is one fast and responsive boat. With a ballast to displacement ratio of over 50%, heavy uncomfortable hiking is not necessary hence the “Gentleman’s sport” moniker. As the cockpit is over 14’ long the crew is able to perform all functions with plenty of room whether racing hard or out for a pleasure sail. The Flying Tiger 7.5 has a modern carbon rig with swept spreaders and no backstay, square top main, carbon boom and retractable carbon prod. The non- overlapping headsail is efficient making it easy to handle and the mast head asymmetrical spinnaker produces planning speeds at even moderate breeze. The boats are built to strict one design requirements and are tough as nails. With its light overall weight and fully retractable keel the boat is easy to trailer even with smaller vehicles. It’s ramp launchable, simple to rig and stores easily. So, National One Design Sailing Academy, North U and our group of charters are coming to the BACARDI Miami Sailing Week to have fun,learn and race hard in one of the finest venues around. See you on the Bay! By: Jim Pollock

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS LOA Beam Draft Weight Crew Engine


24 ft 10 in 7 ft 10 in 6 ft 2190 lbs 4-6 Torqeedo electric

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SO….. What do KIWI yacht designers and “young at heart” one-design fanatics do at 0300 in the morning? They lie awake coming up with better ways to get people into our sport. Ways that get people fired up to get out there, get wet and salty, and hoon* around on super fun sailboats that can do 20 knots… boats that are the most fun to learn on, and really fun to race. Well…here is the latest sleepless night creation from New Zealander Brian Bennett. Enter the VX EVO – The MOST FUN asymmetric single hander…. EVER! YOU want to be a better asymmetric sailor, or just a better, sharper, heads up, go for a blast whenever YOU want sailor? Tired of depending on a crew, or a coach to get some serious sailing thrills or improve your skills? Then check out the brand new VX EVO… an Olympic quality single hander for bigger sailors (or two smaller folks). GUESS WHAT? The VX EVO is INTUITIVE! It will actually make you a WAY better apparent wind sailor because of “PURE FEEDBACK”! Yes, it helps you find the ideal downwind angles, provides amazing feedback through the helm as you TRIM, hike and STEER. It also allows for great response through better and better roll tacks and jibes. And unlike those FOILING THINGS.. you can sail it from 2 – 30 knots of wind speed WITH safety and THRILLS! And now YOU can own one….. be a one person campaign, instead of counting on big expenses to house and pay for crew. All the thrills of that bigger Asymmetric boat you love without high maintenance costs. YES! the Evo is tough, carbon/ E-glass/epoxy, and light with a hull weight of just 145 lbs and has a FULL CARBON rig by CST… On top of all that good stuff, it’s built by Ovington Boats Ltd. in the UK… Great guys and AWESOME boatbuilders! So… YOU can sail with COMPLETE FREEDOM from any beach or ramp… whenever you want! START by joining us at the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week. Fleet racing and demos! Regattas this year – Bacardi Miami Sailing Week and Bacardi Newport Sailing Week, Sarasota Winter Series with clinics, Buzzards Bay Regatta, Garda Italy Europeans and North Americans RI *

By: Brian Bennett


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LOA 15 ft 8 in Beam 5 ft 7 in Draft 3 ft 6 in Weight 185 lbs Gennaker Yes Crew 1 (or 2 small people)




he reputation of the Melges 24® precedes itself. Best known for its competitive disposition and easy-to-sail personality, this modern-day, 24-years-young Sportboat Class is a leader and major attraction in high-performance, one design sailing. With more than 850 boats sold, it continues a humbling tradition of America’s Cup, Olympic Medallists and Volvo Ocean Race recruitment and legend. Typically sailed with a crew of 4, the Melges 24’s comfortable light-hull displacement design prefers to plane. Designed by Reichel/Pugh, it’s professionally engineered high-tech stance features a carbon fiber spar, rudder, bowsprit and vertical keel fin. Another key component of the Melges 24 is a robust 670 sq ft asymmetrical spinnaker that lifts and pulls the boat instinctively forward on a downwind sprint. It adds speed that is simple and easy to handle giving way to a thrilling and fun racing experience. The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USM24CA) was founded shortly after the Melges 24 was introduced to market in 1993. Ever since, the U.S. Class has fostered high-quality racing, promoting and encouraging the absolute best in venues and competition.

In 2017, the Melges 24 Class anticipates one of its most vibrant years of racing yet. Hot off of a super fresh 2016 World Championship, the USM24CA is excited about starting up the season at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, hosting its National Championship in Charleston, South Carolina in April and participating at Sperry Charleston Race Week. Then, its onward to the Gorge in the Pacific Northwest mid-July for the first ever held NorAm Championship. By: Joy Dunigan


PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS LOA 24 ft Beam 8 ft 2 in Draft 5 ft Weight 1783 lbs Gennaker Yes Crew 2-5





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acardi Miami Sailing Week is in a seasonal vortex. Warm enough to create tan lines, but be careful what you show. Winter tends to take its toll on the body. If you are from anywhere but Florida, this is no time to test your favorite sunscreen. Let the locals flex their bikini muscles. The rest of us still need to earn them. For additional enlightenment, I sought out an expert who both knows Miami and knows that life is meant to be lived. Multiple World Champion Willem van Waay was the top dog in the J/70 Class last year for good reason. Based in California, he’s been racing in Miami for 30 days a year for the last 15 years so he can answer pretty much any question. So I asked him the kind of questions that make a difference.

Driving tips? Miami is very international. Even the locals say that drivers in Miami follow the traffic rule of their former countries. Unfortunately, some of those countries do not have lots of rules! When the traffic light turns red, expect three or four more cars to fly through so be extra careful driving. Traffic can get especially tough if you are driving to West Marine or South Beach so choose the time to go there carefully. Parking is also fun. The Bacardi Regatta Village will be in the Dinner Key/SW 27th Avenue area in Regatta Park. There is a large public parking lot there. That is the good news. There is also parking in the US Sailing Center lot or in front of the yacht clubs on S. Bayshore Drive but it is limited. Please remember, although the warm breeze and the palm trees may make you think you are on a peaceful Caribbean island, Miami is a big big city so take your normal precautions. Even though you won that Rolex as US Yachtsman or Yachtswoman of the Year, please do not leave it in a visible place in your car. You will quickly learn why Uber is so popular in Miami.

Where do you eat? For lunch while sailing, I go to Milam’s Market and The Fresh Market in the Grove. But then for dinner, I love to eat and this area is packed with amazing restaurants with incredibly talented and creative chefs. My list of go-to places for the most part are mid-priced and completely off the hook in flavor/ratings/and consistently impressive plates. Almost impossible to be disappointed at any of these. My advice would be to jump in an Uber and be willing to explore to a few of the nearby neighborhoods. Don’t just get locked into pizza at New York Roma Pizza and draft beer at the Sandbar or Monty’s (as tasty and fun as that might be)

Coconut Grove:

Le Bouchon du Grove - Fantastic French LoKal- burgers to die for Berries in the Grove - comfort food-great atmosphere Strada In The Grove - Italian done right Fratellino - Italian date spot Jaguar- seafood/ceviche Grove Bay Grill- Hidden pub on waterfront 33 Kitchen – great Peruvian food on Commodore Plaza

Coral Gables:

Ortanique On the Mile - Caribbean- incredible seafood El Chalan - Peruvian Hillstone- steaks Yuga - Asian/sushi

South Beach

(a few of my favorites among a long list): Joe’s Crab Shack Fratelli La Bufala - authentic Italian Prime 112- where the stars go for steak Big Pink - classic diner China Grill - Asian Fusion

Key Biscayne:

Oasis Sandwich Shop - Cuban and coffee For families, Willem suggests the Cape Florida lighthouse as a beautiful spot when there is some free time. The Miami Seaquarium is also a great spot for the kids. How’s that for advice from the experts? Enjoy!

By: Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Sailing News, the top ranked source for sailing news in North America. |




ver 60 significant boats are housed in this waterside Bristol, Rhode Island museum on the site of the original Herreshoff Manufacturing Company which was founded by John Brown Herreshoff (a blind boatbuilder) and his naval architect and steam engineer brother, Captain Nathanael Greene Herreshoff, an MIT grad. The museum logo itself tells a great story. It is the outline of RELIANCE, the 1903 America’s Cup defender. Designed by Capt. Nat, RELIANCE is reportedly the largest gaff-rigged cutter ever built. Her topmast sprit towered 199 feet 6 inches above the water; it took seventy-two men to race her; the square footage in her sails was enough for eight 12-Metres; her mainsheet measured 1,000 feet in length rolled up on a drum below deck; and she carried over 100 tons of lead ballast in her keel. The star of the Herreshoff Museum is a work of art one-sixth scale museum-quality model of RELIANCE 33’ in length and more than 37’ in height. This fully-rigged static model with sails is the Museum’s cornerstone to display and educate visitors on the beauty of these large, extreme boats and Capt. Nat’s advanced engineering design and manufacturing competency.

{ Proudly handcrafted in Newport, RI }

Another nautical jewel hangs from the museum ceiling. Multihull boats had been around for 10,000 years but Capt. Nat set the bar higher when he turned a cat into a competitive racing sailboat. Look up and you will see a replica of AMARYLLIS. Larry Ellison, eat your heart out. This very first racing cat, won the 1876 Centennial Regatta. There was only one problem. AMARYLLIS led her nearest rival to the finish line by over 20 minutes. The boat was simply too fast. The result was that multi-hull sailing vessels were immediately banned from organized sailing competitions. AMARYLLIS was followed by TARANTELLA, also designed by Capt. Nat and patented in 1877. It was larger and faster than AMARYLLIS and became an outlaw on Long Island Sound. This would only be surpassed when the America’s Cup and Oracle moved these boats into the most competitive regatta in the world. Nowadays, go to any boat show, and you will see large and small cats designed for cruising and racing. Thank you, Capt. Nat. HMM Bill Lynn, President and Executive Director Bill Lynn reports that there are more treasures at the HMM including the Model Room, The America’s Cup Hall of Fame, the Gift Store, many mechanical and steam engine inventions on display and two films (one titled “Of Boats & Brothers” and the other covering the history of the America’s Cup is called “There Is No Second”. The Museum is full of miracles on the water. Don’t miss it.

By Connie Bischoff.




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Major Milestones in Recent Women’s Sailing History 1987 ICSA began naming women to the “Women’s College All-American” list. 1988 – first women’s sailing medals established in the Olympic Games. 1989-90 Tracy Edwards’ Maiden – first all-female crew to competed in the Whitbread Race around the world. 1990, Kristina Farrar was the first woman to be named ICSA Coed All-American. 995- America 3 was first mostly-female team to compete for the America’s Cup. 2003 – Corrie Clement named first Women’s College Sailor of the Year sponsored by Quantum. WIM Series 2014 – first professional sailing circuit for women (only). 2015/16 – SCA competes in VOR in the high-performance V65. 2016 – Sally Barkow becomes the first female skipper with all-female crew to compete as a Tour Card holder on WMRT. 2016 – Sharon Ferris-Choat skippers the first all-female crew on the Extreme Sailing Series in the GC 32’s. 2016 – Volvo Ocean Race, GC 32 Extreme Sailing Series, ICSA match racing rules are written to incentivize or mandate inclusion of females onboard. Female-only divisions have accelerated the development of women in sailing and increased participation. Over the last 20 years, many college sailing teams have become majority-female. Divisions like Laser Radials and 49er FX’s accommodate smaller body sizes and are thriving. Match racing especially is a level playing field for women and men because the maximum crew weight allows teams to sail with an extra person, and smart women have an advantage!

We should celebrate the progress shown in the accomplishments above, but we need to admit that there’s a long way to go before we reach gender equality or parity in the sport of sailing: Women are under-represented and paid less in professional sailing industry. Young ladies are more likely to crew than skipper, often due to the encouragement of parents and coaches. Females can be less inclined to be aggressive and competitive. These qualities can be necessary for success, and shouldn’t be discouraged. How you can help … Encourage a positive “mentality of competitiveness,” to reinforce that females are entitled to athletic success and that good results are a byproduct of hard work. Help young women get rid of the shame associated with winning by being competitive or assertive. Let sailing be gender-blind; there is a negative implication when you say “go beat the boys”. Eliminate “first female trophies” that are consolation prizes. Women, get match racing! Match racing is the perfect outlet. It helps nurture the competitive spirit and allows competitors to be unapologetically competitive. Opportunities for all-female match races are abundant, and the path to the top - WIM Series or WMRT - is clear. Crew composition rules favor women who can sail with an extra person onboard and make up the extra body weight. Encourage young ladies to drive the boat, and don’t make a big deal of it when they’re good.

By: Maggie Shea |



t was a dark and stormy night in 1638, when a group of former Puritans, kicked out of Boston for troubling the peace of the commonwealth, sailed to northern Aquidneck Island. Roger Williams convinced them to settle in the area of his Providence Plantations. They purchased Narragansett Bay’s Aquidneck Island from the Narragansett Tribe. Prior to that time, Aquidneck Island was used primarily as a Narragansett hunting territory although it was probably a summer residence as well. In 1639, William Coddington moved south on Aquidneck Island to found Newport, with its excellent harbor, and some settlers followed him there. Do you see the key words? Dark “N” Stormy, troubling the peace, sailed, Narragansett Bay, summer residence, excellent harbor… How did they know that they were creating a sailing town where the Dark “N” Stormy would be a favorite beverage, troubling the peace would happen nightly on Thames Street, sailing would be both a hobby and a profession, Narragansett Bay would be the location of major regattas, everyone would want a summer residence from the Vanderbilts to international sailing teams and the excellent Newport Harbor would be the site of many “harbor burns” as victory laps are taken while sailors toast with champagne or Newport Storm Beer. How did they know?

Where to sail? The 2016 World Match Tour in M32s raced on the east side of Ft. Adams while the Volvo Ocean Race brought thousands of spectators to watch the racing on the west side of Ft. Adams. The team racing regattas take place on the west side of Goat Island. The America’s Cup 12 Metres and more recently big boats race on the Rhode Island Sound. The Pell Newport Bridge looks down upon racing on both sides of the Narragansett Bay… south of the bridge, there are many races including the start line for the Around The Island Races (Conanicut Island which is the home of Jamestown). Beyond the bridge, the Bay is wide and open and is the location of many regattas including the 350 plus boats sailing in the Optimist New England Championship. It is up to the Race Committee to decide and many times they have to coordinate with the other clubs to determine their racing venue. Who runs them? Talk about a plethora of yacht clubs… Newport’s prestigious New York Yacht Club (Harbour Court) hosts regattas almost every weekend. Its view of the Harbor and the Pell Bridge cannot be surpassed. Ida Lewis Yacht Club has a friendly atmosphere and many sailing traditions, especially in running the popular Shields Class and 12 Metre races. Newport Yacht Club, the oldest club in Newport Harbor, dating to 1894, provides a welcoming environment for individuals and families with shared interests in yachting, traditions, seamanship and camaraderie. The incredible Sail Newport, New England’s largest public sailing center, is always the center of action and is the organizing authority for many regattas. Sail To Prevail, the National Disabled Sailing Program, is busy too with classes and racing. Newport Shipyard hosts regattas and parties including ones for the majestic 1930’s J Boats and the mega yachts with the “Candy Store Cup”. From the years of the America’s Cup to the Volvo Ocean Race Round The World, wherever you race or party, you will find it difficult to pick any other town that beats Newport as the Sailing Capital of North America.

By: Connie Bischoff |




hese days, carbon fiber is everywhere. Engineers need the light and stiff material to accomplish their design goals. We are lucky enough to see the many places people are using carbon fiber. No longer limited to bikes and boats, this incredible material is used in many important industries. There are many reasons to use carbon fiber over legacy materials such as aluminum or steel. The most obvious reason is its high ratio of stiffness to weight. Steel is very stiff, but heavy. Aluminum is light, but not very stiff. Carbon fiber is more expensive than both so a designer must have a compelling reason to use it and one is fuel consumption. Airplanes have used carbon and other fibers for generations but we are only just now seeing full scale production of commercial aircraft in carbon. Boeing’s 777X uses carbon fiber almost exclusively for the structural and shell components. The reduced weight of the airframe means less fuel consumption. Another common example of fuel consumption driving manufacturers towards carbon is in the automotive market. BMW is leading the way to replace metals with carbon fiber in their vehicles. Between BMW in Spartanburg and Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina is now a major center for composite manufacturing. More car manufacturers are sure to follow suit as the market and government require more efficient vehicles. The trend of replacing manual labor with robotic assembly and part handling is a mature one. The next phase in this shift is to speed up the robots but increasing motor size and energy consumption. But, this is not the most elegant way to accomplish this goal. Reducing the weight of the robot allows faster accelerations and quicker stops all with smaller motors. It also means less maintenance and longer lives. One such example is in satellite dishes. Carbon fiber satellite dishes are lighter and stiffer than their aluminum counterparts allowing the repositioning of the dish to be faster and more accurate without distorting the shape of the dish. This increases the strength of signal allowing you to stream movies on your yacht while being tossed about in heavy seas. A lesser known reason to use carbon fiber is its thermal properties. Carbon can be a fantastic thermal conductor often used to dissipate heat in gun barrels. Carbon fiber laminates can also be designed to have a zero coefficient of thermal expansion. This is important to anyone designing a highly tuned and extremely accurate measurement device for telescopes to track the movement of far-off stars or building metrology devices capable of measuring parts to the 1/10,000th of an inch. Not all uses for carbon fiber are sexy or cool built for their looks. The best parts are hidden within bigger assemblies that perform better than their legacy material counterparts. Though the cost of material is going to be higher, the value is the significant gains in performance due to the incredible properties of this advanced material.

By: Pete Levesque


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here is nothing to equal the exhilaration of a day on the water but that can all change in a hurry with a medical event - and that requires a plan. That is NOT the time to begin questioning, ”what should we do”? There are resources: EMT, Coast Guard, Race Committee, competitors, and even spectators. Consider an accident that occurred a few years ago during the starting sequence of a race; one of a crew of three seriously injured his leg. Here’s the story – presented with the idea that we all should have a “plan”:

COMPETING BOAT – requested assistance for the injured person. 1 Contacted the Signal Boat. (Equipment on all boats should include waterproof VHF radios).

2 Identified the boat, injured sailor and requested assistance (Important: keep radio out of wind).

3 Described injury including site, level of consciousness, severe bleeding and possible bone injuries.

4 Gave boat’s location on race course. 5 Lowered sails to allow support boat to come alongside.

RACE COMMITTEE SIGNAL BOAT – coordinated the rescue of the injured person.

1 One person had previously been designated as the “Communications Officer” equipped with VHF radio and cell phone, just in case of an accident. (Neither the PRO nor the Boat Captain/Owner should be the Communications Officer). 2 Received call – location of boat, type and extent of injuries (no spinal injury). 3 Directed Support Boat to assist. 4 Determined if the person could be moved. 5 Called 911 on cell phone (Coast Guard monitors VHF16). 6 Determined what the closest dock was which an EMT vehicle could readily access. (In this case Miami’s Matheson Hammock was selected. Mercy Hospital is NOT a good choice – as they are not equipped to come dockside to remove an injured person). 7 Alerted 911 dispatcher of the injury and the location as identified above. 8 Contacted the landing facility so it could make preparations to facilitate the transfer. 9 Remained in communication with support boat.

SUPPORT BOAT – the role was ‘making things happen’. 1 Located boat and transferred injured party. (NOT as easy as it sounds, it takes many strong arms to transfer an injured sailor). 2 Began trip to designated land point – speed without compromising the safety of the injured person. 3 Crew made injured person as comfortable as possible, put in shock position (legs up, head down with compression on wound) and protected him from further injury. 4 Kept the signal boat informed of progress. When the support boat arrived at the dock the EMTS were standing by, with a stretcher, IV and other emergency equipment. This incident actually happened during a Regatta a few years ago – we are happy to report that all went well and the injured person recovered and returns to Miami every year for the spectacular sailing. The successful outcome of the event reinforces the importance of having a plan in a medical emergency.

By: Jill Smoak |









HQ– Newport Shipyard

Newport Sailing Week Event Chair: Newport Sailing Week Regatta Chair: Newport Sailing Week Event Manager:

Gabriele Pedone Mark Pincus Veronica Muller

Star Class Representative:

Dwight Escalera

VX One - Evo Representative: Shield Class Representative: S-Class Representative:

PRINCIPAL RACE OFFICERS PRO: Newport Yacht Club: Sail Newport:

Brian Bennett Ted Slee Andrew McClatchy

Newport Shipyard:


Yacht Scoring:

Sue Reilly Nancy Parrillo Vincent Pattavina Veronica Brown Luiz Kahl

There are three main goals for the BNSW Regatta: Provide a great sailing experience with lots of fun and unforgettable memories. All of this can be achieved if everyone is conscious of the dangers of our sport. Safety on and off the water is paramount to us and we ask that everyone follow the rules and regulations. It is always a good idea to take the time to review your emergency procedures before leaving the dock and should you have any question or concerns please do not hesitate to our organizers. Please review Rule 4, DECISION TO RACE.

NARRAGANSETT BAY & COMMON AREA The Narragansett Bay waters and the surrounding area are part of an amazing ecosystem. We kindly ask all the participants of the BNSW Regatta event to take particular care in keeping the property and the surrounding are in order. We also ask that you use the other common areas respectfully.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS We would like to take a moment to give special thanks and recognition to all the people that have helped us create this extraordinary event. Without the work of so many unseen but fundamental players we couldn’t have achieved such incredible results. Among these numerous individual we would like to acknowledge our Sponsors, race officers, the Race Committee, the jury, the scoring team, the shore side staff, the volunteers, the US Coast Guard and all the supporting organizations. Thank you to our sailing community and the following yacht clubs for being an integral part of our team: Newport Yacht Club, Sail Newport and the Newport Shipyard. A special thank you to the City of Newport and to its Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano for welcoming us to City-by-the Sea. Results available at WWW.YACHTSCORING.COM


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NEWPORT YACHT CLUB NEWPORTYACHTCLUB.ORG 110 Long Wharf, Newport, RI 02840 (401) 846-9410

Established in 1894 the Newport Yacht Club has a long history of “the encouragement of yachting in and around Newport”. The club’s first regatta was organized on July 4th of that same year under the Herreshoff Rule. Today the Newport Yacht Club hosts sailors from around the world in a variety of regattas, from offshore races including the Bermuda 1-2, inshore One Design and PHRF regattas and an active Frostbite and Junior program there is something for every type of sailor. For 2016 Newport Yacht Club is pleased to partner with Bacardi to be the host yacht club for the Newport Sailing Week, providing Race Committee for the regatta, made possible by the dedicated group of volunteers of the Newport Yacht Club Race Committee.



2484 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (305) 858-1733

Located on the western shore of Biscayne Bay, generations of Florida’s most avid boaters have called Coral Reef Yacht Club home since 1955 . With sailing in there DNA, it is recognized as a premier yachting center. The 90th edition of the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week will be co-hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club, which will provide Race Committees for the Star and Viper/VX One classes. We would like to extend our gratitude to Commodore Doug Broeker, Race Committee Chair Win Cooper and the CRYC membership of strong volunteers who have a seasoned history of hosting regattas.


Founded in 1887 by Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club is one of the oldest members-only yacht clubs in Florida. In 1932, the Club purchased its present clubhouse which continues to serve as its main facility. The Club promotes the sport of sailing on Biscayne Bay and is home for the Etchells Biscayne Bay Series, the Lime Cup Ocean Races and others. In 2017, BBYC will host and do race management for the J/70 class participating in BMSW. Commodore Charles Munroe, Jr. and RC Chair Bruce Harper are looking forward to a great regatta.



2620 South Bayshore Drive Miami, FL 33133 (305) 858-5550

Shake-A-Leg Miami (SALM) is a registered non-profit organization which helps children and adults with physical, developmental, and economic challenges. SALM is South Florida’s “Gateway to Biscayne Bay.” Their continued partnerships with the City of Miami, plus over 100 community organizations, both public and private, is the ultimate confirmation of the power of unity and collaboration. We want to say thank you to Harry Horgan, Chief Executive Officer, who will help to coordinate logistics for the VX One Class.

Bacardi Newport Sailing Week Brochure 2017  
Bacardi Newport Sailing Week Brochure 2017