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BACARDI CUP History & Traditions


2016 Sponsors


MSW Charities


CONNECT Star Class

Editorial Director: Gabriel Pedone Editor: Connie Bichoff Designer: Ana Julia Diaz Production: STUDIOMILANO Contributing Authors: Connie Bischoff Gabriele Pedone Sara Zanobini Stu Johnstone Buttons Padin Brian Bennet Bailey White Craig Leweck Cory Silken Ken Legler Arielle Delisser Amanda Callahan 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, Barbara Beigel Vosbury 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, Michael Norris and the VX One Class.




Viper Class


VX One Class


A-CAT Catamarans


Getting Schooled


Nautical Photography


3 Boat Starting Line


College Sailing


Art Exhibit


Team Racing


Archipelago Rally



MSW Regatta Information


Our Hosts


NIGHT CAP Featured Drinks & Bars




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Several famous sailing “Cups” but only one of them contains Rum!

Our favorite is the legendary Bacardi Cup where the winners have the honored privilege of sipping smooth BACARDI 8 Rum at the Trophy Ceremony. Bacardi Cup is one of the few sporting events in which weekend enthusiasts have the opportunity to compete head on with Olympian and World Champion athletes. The tradition of camaraderie and competition surrounding the Trofeo BACARDI began in Havana, Cuba where it was first sailed as part of the Cup of Cuba. For the next 89 years, the Bacardi tCup has established an esteemed reputation of competition and hospitality.

WWW.BACARDICUP.COM 2005 M.Mendelblatt M. Strube



Win it once, that’s swell. Two, time to ring the bell. But three, almost impossible!

The first and only (through 2015) three-peat victors of the Bacardi Cup are Adrian Iselin II and Ed Willis. They won in 1933, 1935 and 1936. (Article taken from Time Magazine in February 13, 1933 after his first victory.) Wherever there is blue water and a sheltered coast, you are likely to find “Star” boats—slim little 22-footers with tall Marconi mainsails and narrow cedar hulls. Last week a galaxy of their pointed rigs sparkled in Havana Harbor. Both series Cuba Cup for star boat skippers who finished first or second in their fleet the year before, Bacardi Cup for all Star boat skippers who feel like entering—are decided by points, after three races. Adrian Iselin, looking very foxy with his trim mustache, sharp chin and twinkling eyes, makes a habit of arriving cautiously at the dock two hours before a race to keep an eye on the weather. He wins most in light air. It is his system to keep moving at all costs, away from the mark if necessary, while his opponents stand still with their bows pointed in the right direction. Like many another yachtsman, he thinks he sails better on the starboard tack, possibly because he finds it more comfortable to hold the gunwale with his right hand while his left is on the tiller. Even-tempered, meticulous, laconic, Skipper Iselin dresses for sailing in a dilapidated Panama hat, corduroy trousers, bow tie. In 20 years of yachting on Long Island Sound, his friend Ed Willis, who is usually his “crew” on the Ace, has never heard him swear the great seagoing oaths with which most small boat sailors try to compensate.

2006 J. Dane A. Sperry

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2007 H. Pepper D. Giles

2008 A. Domingos B. Santos

EVERYONE HAS A COUSIN IN MIAMI or so Jimmy Buffett says

In 1957, political unrest forced BACARDI to leave Cuba. That was the last year the Bacardi Cup was hosted there. Luckily, the Bacardi family had two loyal “cousins” aka “friends” in Miami who could not let the regatta disappear. In 1962, the regatta found a new home in Coconut Grove, Miami at the Coral Reef Yacht Club. Miami native James “Ding” Schoonmaker, former World Champion and seven-time Bacardi Cup winner, and Frank Zagarino, 1969 Bacardi Cup winner, are credited with making the transition work. Ding won his first Bacardi Cup in Havana at the age of 19. According to Ding, “Olympian Jack Price from Miami asked me to crew for him in a Star in 1949 and I immediately fell in love with the boat. From the beginning I liked the class organization, the accomplished sailors who raced the boat and the challenge to win”. When Ding and Frank stood up and got the Bacardi Cup to move to CRYC, they not only saved the regatta, they saved an international tradition. In the 2015 Bacardi Cup, there were sailors from 11 nations competing. The Charities of Choice were Shake-ALeg Miami, Team Paradise and Sailing Heals. They are a part of BACARDI Pro-Am’s efforts to raise money to support “water oriented” charities. Prior to the beginning of the regatta, the BACARDI Pro/ Am is held. During the day, top sailors, the pros, take people out for a race on Sonars. The spots on each boat paid for by donors. There also is a huge Silent Auction which is online and has live bidding at a social event.

2009 P. Bromby M. Liljedahl

2010 R. Merriman P.Trinter







For a key crew member

Bacardi Cup expands and EFG joins the new Miami tradition

She lives in charming Newport, RI

Everyone knows that in order to sail a Star, you need an excellent skipper and a super crew. The importance of the crew is greater than on most sailboats. The reasons are many. First of all, the sail area is 285 sq. ft., when combined with the sleek hull and light weight, it propels the boat in the faintest of airs, while the flexible spar can be tuned to “de-power” when the breeze kicks up. Big muscles are required. The four-way action of the deck-mounted jib leads allow the team to carve the shape of the sail, keeping a good shape to match changing conditions. A simple harness allows the crew to get his weight out of the boat more efficiently. For several decades, Tito Bacardi took on the role of being the primary driver of the event. When asked why the Bacardi Cup was so popular, he replied. “I think the sailors like coming here because we treat them like family.” For years, Tito noticed the pride of the winning skipper when he got the first sip of the smooth BACARDI 8 Rum. Although the winning crew took the second sip, Tito was aware

In 2009, down in Coconut Grove, more sailing athletes joined the party when BACARDI expanded the Bacardi Cup to BACARDI Miami Sailing Week. New classes were invited to compete, additional circles of racing were added with more clubs running them and, most importantly… EFG Bank became involved. EFG Bank is part of EFG International, a global private banking group headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. EFG International operates in around 30 locations worldwide. And…they sure do like sailors. Charleston Race Week’s Randy Draftz added “Multi-class events provide a critical mass that can satisfy sponsorship interests and benefit event administrators, but they also challenge race committees so you need top-notch race officers. But one thing that single-class regattas can’t touch is the post-race party. With multi-class events, the parties are always the best value.” In 2016, the legendary Star Class will be joined by the J/70s, Viper 640, VX One and the newest


2011, BACARDI decided to spread the

fun up north so even more sailors enjoyed the famous BACARDI hospitality. For the first four years the event HQ was setup at Fort Adams State Park, but last year the location changed to Newport Yacht Club and the regatta became an in town event giving the sponsor much more brand exposure.


Viper 640, VX One joined by the Classic Day Racers (which includes beautiful classic boats such as S Class, Quincy Adams Interclub and a Watch Hill 15).

The BACARDI Newport

Sailing Week Hospitality Village is adjacent to the Newport Yacht Club premises, known for its outstanding hospitality. The Regatta Art exhibit calls home the picturesque Bowen’s Wharf. In Newport, the Charities of Choice are Sail To Prevail and Sailing Heals. All sailors and their fans get to enjoy the ambience of Newport, the Sailing Capital of the world.

participant, the A-Class Catamaran. What a party!

that there wasn’t a trophy for the crew even though a talented crew was essential to winning. At the Bacardi Cup of 2005, a beautiful trophy appeared with the name Trofeo Jose Argamasilla Bacardi (Tito Cup). Mark Strube proudly accepted it and certainly enjoyed the sip from “his” cup.

2011 G. Florent P. Rambeau

2012 X. Rohart P. Alexis Ponsot

2013 M. Mendelblatt B. Fatih

2014 L. Grael S. F.M. Gonzales

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2015 L. Grael S. F.M. Gonzales

SPONSORS 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.

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 SLAM.COM 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.

STUDIOMILANO is boutique business, project, event management and marketing company that offers a wide spectrum of services with meticulous focus, creativity and passion in STUDIOMILANO.COM every task. With strongholds in the sports and luxury industries, STUDIOMILANO believes in the power of tailored and unique solutions that will result in a competitive advantage for our clients. STUDIOMILANO currently manages the North American Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge for Officine Panerai, a company part of the Richemont Group, the Bacardi Cup regatta and is the promoter of BACARDI Sailing Week Presented by EFG Bank. For more information on our regattas please visit our newly redesigned websites: MiamiSailingWeek.com & NewportSailingWeek.com and follow us on facebook.com/BacardiSailingWeek.

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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 COCOWALK.COM 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.

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 HATUEY.COM 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.

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 MATILDEVICENZI.COM 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.

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SPONSORS EFGSAILING.COM EFGINTERNATIONAL.COM EFG International is a global wealth management group, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. It has a record of dynamic growth, courtesy of providing clients with a level of service they expect and deserve. It operates in 30 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America, and has some 2,000 employees. EFG International has a strong commitment to sailing, and is proud to be a partner of BACARDI Sailing Week, Miami and Newport. In addition, it sponsors: EFG Sailing Team, Switzerland; EFG Mandrake in Division A regattas, Asia; The EFG Pan-American Viper 640 Championships; The EFG Star Winter Series, Florida; Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta; Panerai British Classic Week; EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour; EFG Moth EuroCup; EFG Sailing Academy, Monaco Yacht Club; and Optimist Sailing School, Geneva Yacht Club. EFG International - practitioners of the craft of private banking 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, NA.NORTHSAILS.COM 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.

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 YACHTINGTIMEMAGAZINE.COM 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. www.yachtingtimesmagazine.com

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 BUSINESS has developed a variety of programs to keep the IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT District clean and secure, fund marketing projects, COCONUTGROVE.COM 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.

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 NAUTICALCHANNEL.COM 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.

VINEDOSDEPLATA.COM Gubinelli Malbec is a high quality, single vineyard Malbec wine produced in limited quantities by Vinedos del Plata in Mendoza, Argentina. To ensure world class quality Vinos del Plata planted a new vineyard by hand in 2006 and maintained and managed the vineyard using traditional agricultural methods. Starting with the excellent quality fruit that is hand picked in the vineyard, Vinos Del Plata meticulously handcrafts the wines to be of the highest quality. Due to the limited production, the wine is generally only available in high quality restaurants and wine bars, selected yacht clubs and a few specialty wine shops in Bermuda and the USA. To allow a wider audience to taste the spectacular wines, Vinos Del Plata serves them at selected charity events, fundraisers and high profile yachting events


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s Sailing Heals prepares to celebrate its 5th year in summer 2016, we can be proud that we’ve hosted nearly 2,000 VIP guests for spirit-lifting escapes at sea and beautiful sea-side lunches. Most of Sailing Heals guests are cancer patients and their caregivers who are introduced to Sailing Heals through their doctors, nurses and social workers. With over 155 volunteer Host Captains registered across 9 states, 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 Silent Auction! To learn what the Sailing Heals experience has meant to just a few of our thousands of VIP guests, please read on: “Sailing Heals truly hit the pause button on any and all negativity related to cancer/health issues! We laughed, shared stories, met new people and listened to amazing stories of strength and courage. It was emotional, so very positive and forever engrained into my heart and mind.” Alison, Martha’s Vineyard sail “Sailing Heals was the MOST amazing experience I have had on the water!!!! It made my whole body relax, like a wonderful massage but on the water.” Vicki, Sag Harbor, NY sail “What a day! JUST A PRIVILEGE TO BE A PART OF THE INAUGURAL SAILING HEALS (in Charleston)!! Thanks all for what “y’all” do! Frank and Melinda, Host Captains, Charleston sail. Sailing Heals is proud to be sponsored by Panerai-North America, hosts of the Panerai Classic Yachts Regatta and Eisai Pharmaceuticals. More sponsors, volunteer and donors are welcome!




Shake-A-Leg Miami, in partnership with the City Coconut Grove’s Team Paradise is a truly unique of Miami, has been part of many transformational experiences during the last 25 years of serving children and adults with physical, developmental, and economic challenges. This year. SALM looks forward to celebrating their 25th anniversary and continuing to focus on creating an atmosphere of inclusiveness and community service that brings people from all walks of life together. SALM programs and services include youth programs and outings, a universally accessible community watersports center, adult sailing and water programs, corporate and team building programs, a fitness and wellness center including yoga, Pilates and other services) and programs for Veterans. In 2015, 350 volunteers served 8,800 participants with over 50,000 visits to their facilities by both participants and members of the community. SALM loves hearing from their participants and was excited when the parent of one shared the very visible growth she saw in her child. “My son is not verbal, but his reaction to entering the SALM premises where all the kids are, and seeing his mentor is proof enough that he loves being there and that he’s growing socially, emotionally, and just has fun trying new things.” SALM attributes their success to the generosity of the local and international community. With their support, SALM continues to live out their mission of being the premier global destination utilizing the marine environment to improve the health, education, and independence of children and adults with physical, developmental, and economic challenges, in an inclusive community setting.

sailing organization giving gives the DISABLED community an opportunity to sail at all levels of expertise, ranging from recreational enjoyment to training for world-class competitions. Our activities are 99% sea-based and, for the most part, we are sailing on Biscayne Bay.



U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Sailor, Magnus Liljedahl, founded Team Paradise in 2005. Through all his life’s accomplishments, Magnus claims Team Paradise to be his destined life fulfillment. He shares what he learns from others and is quick to point out the many benefits which sailing has to offer. Sailing is often times a soothing and relaxing experience, providing solitude and contemplation while improving concentration, core strength and mental wellness. Sailing is also a relatively green sport with a visceral connection to history. It teaches teamwork and communication and a shared accomplishment building self-confidence. Any hour spent with Team Paradise will surely be a break from workplace, pharmacy or hospital bed. Team Paradise Sailing Academy has a program for everyone —racing or simply recreational sailing. Paralympic Canadian Tracy Schmitt says “As a 4 way amputee, I am frequently met with a polite negative response when I try to take risks. Not at Team Paradise, they got me racing.” The Sailing Academy is open to the public and you are welcome whether disabled or not. No sailing skills are required to become involved. Classes are pre-paid and FREE for Wounded Warriors, Members of the Armed Forces and for anyone with a Disability. Class fees and tuitions are pre-paid for through grants, donations and proceeds from the Sailing Academy.

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It takes TWO, BABY!

ailing a Star well requires an excellent skipper plus a skilled crew.

Class Report Card


lass President Lars Grael reports, “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 presented by EFG International. Australia and Chile are showing good activity. We will have a memorable Star Worlds in 2016 at the Coral Reef Yacht Cup and 2017 in Denmark.” According to Lars, “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 last November. 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.” 12 BACARDI Sailing Week 2016

From Danny Cayard: “Last summer, I was lucky

enough to have two great Star sailors, Magnus Liljedahl and my father Paul Cayard, take a leap of faith and jump into the front of the boat to crew for me while I was driving. Their experience was key in allowing me to learn what Star sailing is all about. Without the help I received from Magnus and my Dad, there is no way that I would be heading to Miami in April.” From Andrew Campbell: “The Star crew is the

hardest, wettest, least-comfortable, and most rewarding job in all of sailboat racing. The crews are the physical power needed to get the boat around the course, but also the strategist, tuning expert, “snacktician” and sometimes on-board psychologist. I can’t wait until my next Star regatta!” For more information, visit


STAR CLASS Thanks to EFG and



he Star Winter Series at Coral Reef Yacht Club features five regattas: Commodore’s Cup, Levin Memorial, the four day Star Midwinters, Schoonmaker Cup/District 20 Champs and the Walker Cup. Two interesting twists in this event is that radios are allowed onboard and that there are “no” drops. The sailors say that this makes the competition a bit more fair as no one, professional or not, wants to push the line and risk getting a penalty they cannot drop. Several Star sailors offer their thanks to EFG for making this all happen. Mark Strube says, “EFG stepping up to sponsor is fantastic.” German Mark Pickel gives the compliment of “Awesome event, thanks

to EFG….Keep it up.”

Ben Sternberg, one of the young bloods, explains “SWS … the best

sailing in the country. EFG is clearly the driver… sailing at the highest level.”

By: Connie Bischoff

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS LOA 22 ft 7 in Beam 5 ft 7 in Draft 3 ft 3 in Weight 1479 lbs Spinnaker No Crew 2

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ince its introduction in March 2012, the J/70 one-design speedster is already sailing in 25+ countries with over 1,000+ boats delivered and more than four dozen fleets established worldwide-- quite a remarkable debut for any sailboat in any market. Why? 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 first two Worlds featured 80+ boat fleets (Newport & La Rochelle). The 2016 Worlds will be in San Francisco, CA.



n 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 three J/70 Key West Midwinter regatta had 55+ boats. Momentum is growing significantly in Europe, South America and Asia. Italy hosted their third EuroCup on Lake Garda with 35+ boats. YC Monaco has established a large fleet in Monte Carlo and recently hosted the first J/70 European Championship in 2015 with nearly 70 boats! The German J/70 Class created the J/70 Deustche Segel-Bundesliga, a sailing league format that provides “college-style” sailing for everyone. The response was overwhelming! In 2014 and 2015, 55 sailing clubs participated in a summer-long five regatta “championship” program. The format has become so successful that similar “sailing leagues” in 2015 were conducted in Denmark, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Italy, Monaco, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway; with the finale for the “SAILING Champions League” at YC Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. 14 BACARDI Sailing Week 2016

J/70 CLASS “THE” J/Sportboat


as 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.

By: Stu Johnstone



LOA Beam Draft Weight Spinnaker Crew Engine

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

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

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he past 18 months have seen some significant developments in the Viper 640 Class, as the fleet staged numerous outstanding local, regional, and national regattas and

the Viper was also selected by the Gulf Yachting Association as its new Capdevielle Championship boat starting in 2018. A year of memorable sailing and great camaraderie is now in the history books. Starting with the 2014 North American Championship hosted by California’s Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Vipers from across the country, Australia, and the UK enjoyed four days or racing off Long Beach...and the famous Southern California hospitality. Soon thereafter the Class worked its way to Miami for its two March regattas, the EFG Winter Cup, sailed out of the US Sailing Center Miami, and the EFG Viper Pan-American Championship sailed as part of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week. The Pan-Am is the culmination of a 12-month series of qualifying regattas held in all corners of the U.S. and included qualifiers from the UK, and Ireland and both the east and west coasts of Australia. In keeping with the Viper’s fun-loving approach to sailing, on the Tuesday between the Winter Cup and the Pan-Ams, sixty Viperers informally raced across Biscayne Bay to No Name Harbor for a Cuban lunchtime celebration of all things good. All this is happening again this year as the Vipers have returned in force to 2016 BACARDI Miami Sailing Week following the 3-weekend Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s Viper Winter Circuit. As the weather turned warmer, the fleet migrated north racing in Charleston, SC, Hampton, VA, Newport, RI, the Great Lakes and all over Long Island Sound. In October, 53 Vipers ended the year with the extremely competitive 2015 North Americans held at Larchmont (NY) Yacht Club. As it was blowing from the shore, it would sometimes be blowing twenty and other times six knots, catching a lot of competitors off guard. Brad Boston on Team Jackpot came out on top for his fifth North American Championship win.

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VIPER CLASS With his longtime crew of Curtis Florence and Luke Lawrence, they won four races and placed second twice to accrue 45 points after twelve races.

In addition to all these great regattas, the Viper Class is also pleased to have become the new Capdevielle Championship boat for the 30+ Gulf Yachting Association starting in two years. This means that more and more Vipers will be sailing on the Gulf starting this spring as both member clubs and individual GYA sailors expand the footprint of the Viper across the south. As we look ahead, we will have some Bermudian Viper sailing in November with the 2016 North Americans being hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton, BR. Then, in 2017, the North Americans will return to Florida on the Gulf at Fort Walton Yacht Club.

If you’d like to more about the Viper 640, visit


or contact Viper 640 Class Administrator Ed “Buttons” Padin at epadin@padesta.com


21 ft 1 in 8 ft 2 in 4 ft 6 in 749 lbs 3-4

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By: Brian Bennett


he Sailing World Boat of the Year 2012 VX One continues to advance worldwide, winning accolades from all who sail it. Quoted by world champions to be the “best One-design ever”, it brilliantly brings together the best technical elements from established older designs with ultimate “raceability” and new standards for close tactical racing. The layout is focused around optimal boat-handling, ease of rapid hoist and douse, snappy acceleration, quick to plane (around 8 knots), and downwind boatspeeds over 24 knots in complete control. The furling/self-tacking jib and optimized kite retrieval system means that teams of 2 (Star sized) or 3 (Lightning sized) sailors can get quickly up to speed and are equally competitive opening the door to great potential for cross pollination of today’s sailing talent with the new wave of sailors wanting a modern affordable high performance platform, with strict one design controls. Construction is “Olympic” quality from 2 of the world’s best dinghy builders; MacKay Boats (NZL) and Ovington Boats (UK) with decades of proven results in 49er, 505, 470, I-14 to name a few. The depth of talent in our build/support teams provide customer support, second to none, both now, and into the future. 18 BACARDI Sailing Week 2016

The VX Experience


hen you join the VX One Class, the door opens to a world of camaraderie, Corinthian values, professional class management, and sailors from all ages and genders. Family teams are both common, and highly successful. Our sailors range in age from 10 to over 70. Our champions come from all classes and backgrounds, and share the VX Culture offering skills and experience with those looking to improve. This is arguably the most fun one design platform available today. In North America, Bennett Yachting, Inc. provides all the services you need up to a full “fly in/fly out” package where your boat is moved between circuit stops, cleaned, repaired (if needed), and tuned ready to sail, and all at lower costs unattainable by any other class in this category, with the capacity to move up to 10 boats at a time in enclosed trailers.

VX Regattas


he VX ONE international circuit now includes a full slate of both multi class and stand-alone regattas in North America, Chile, the UK, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean. Charters and crewing opportunities are available by contacting our builders, US Distributor, Bennett Yachting, Inc. or VXONE.org

VX ONE CLASS 2016 – 2017 Schedule: (Charters available) Charleston Raceweek


European Championship, France


VX ONE Australian Midwinters, RQYS, Queensland, AUS


Great Lakes Championship Macatawa Bay YC


NA Class President – Michael Norris

Bacardi Newport Regatta


New England Championships


Coaching, affordable transport, rigging and regatta services

North American Championships Macatawa Bay YC


Gulf Coast circuit

April - November

Winter series #1 & 2 Sarasota, FL

Nov, Jan

St Petersburg NOOD


BACARDI Miami Sailing Week


See WWW.VXONE.ORG 7 North American Fleets, practical local schedules and fun competitive racing VX ONE Class office – Chris and Julie Howel

HOWEL@VXCA.ORG Norrismichael@gmail.com @ Bennettyachting@gmail.com



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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By: Bailey White


he A-Class Catamaran is the most actively raced high performance single-handed boat in North America. Capable of reaching speeds of over 22 knots in 12 knots of breeze, the A-Class continues to develop and increase its performance and ease of use. The boats weigh 165 pounds all up including mast, sail, and foils. Historically, the A-Class has been dominant as an upwind weapon with double the speed of more traditional boats and with downwind speed equivalent to spinnaker sport boats. With tight tacking angles, speeds up to 12 to 14 knots upwind, and a balanced helm, the boat will climb over almost any boat on the water.

For those who want to foil, the boat is now quickly becoming increasingly fast and able to beat the spinnaker boats 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 a separate scoring breakout. People who join the A-Class are diverse. Some are pros in the sailing industry who keep an A-Class for their own personal racing. Some are tinkerers who innovate with new systems and development. Some are dinghy and keelboat sailors who want to experience a more responsive boat. And some just love catamarans.

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A-CAT CLASS No matter your choice, the freedom from a kite allows for dramatically faster and more tactical mark roundings. It also reduces basic running costs to an absolute minimum with most people buying one sail every year or two and no halyards to replace. 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 that will blow away most anything they have every sailed before. They can buy a brand new boat from DNA, eXploder, or other manufacturers for less than $30,000 with trailer. The old boats are as fast or faster than the new ones in light air.

To win in the A-Class requires new skills compared to more traditional boats.Pressure becomes the priority since the boats always accelerate, low drag and efficiency become more important than power. Ycan 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-Class gives you the rush of the best of days spent big breeze ocean racing. The real reason to buy an A-Class, though, is to learn and enjoy. You learn about innovation like the America’s



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

Cup. You enjoy the most responsive boat you have ever sailed. And most importantly you enjoy an active race circuit and the comradery which comes with a boat that people sail for the passion of it. The A-Class is for those who love

sailing fast.

For more information, visit


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By: Craig Leweck


bout a decade ago, Scuttlebutt Sailing News asked a panel of experts what they considered to be the best racing venues in the U.S. From that group we gathered sixteen locations, with seven of the submissions assessed to be among the very best: - Long Beach, CA - San Francisco, CA - Miami, FL - Newport, RI - Buzzards Bay, MA - Honolulu, HI - Key West, FLt No location was perfect year-round, but the experts agreed that in March, Biscayne Bay was the best place to be sailing in the entire country. Blessed with supportive clubs, the wind, weather, and water temperatures were as good as Mother Nature offers. Perfect time for Bacardi Miami Sailing Week. But in June, as it was years ago when I came to Miami for the Snipe U.S. National Championship, it was another story. It was hot. It was stormy. It proved to be a full week of disruption, which led to many lessons learned... some the hard way. Coming from California, I wasn’t so used to thunderstorms, but when they became a near daily occurrence that week, I quickly picked up on the signs. In normal situations, the wind comes from the Southeast. When there is a storm, the wind comes from the Southwest…the Everglades and the Florida Keys, and they clock right usually by mid-afternoon. And they were dark and threatening.

When the first storm hit, racing was soon abandoned, but with the wind at a broad reach angle back to the harbor, it was too perfect to pass up. We sheeted in and went for it. Blind with spray, riding the edge of disaster, we went as fast as a Snipe could go...until the rudder broke. That led to an afternoon of repairs. Lesson: avoid risks early in a regatta. On another day, we were between races when the storm approached. While not enough time to get off the water, there was plenty of time to prepare the sails. We thought dropping both main and jib would be best, but somehow still capsized amid the thrust of the winds. Without the main up, which helps to float the mast float, the boat turtled... in the shallow depth of Biscayne Bay, 8’-12’. We bent the mast... it was never the same. Lesson: when the water is warm, and the storm is short, capsize with the sails up and ride it out. As the week progressed, the race schedule was always in flux. The days started early and ended late, usually with some repair. While we were doing well in the regatta, I really missed getting out for Cuban food. Heck, I hadn’t even gotten inside the Coral Reef Yacht Club Yardarm Bar where the Barracuda hangs over the door. I had been doing a lot of work and not enough living. Golden rule: regattas can’t only be about racing. On the final day, there was one race, and the regatta was ours to lose. But unlike the previous days, there was no wind. We were on the bay, in blistering heat, completely becalmed. So we waited, rafted alongside another boat, in the shade of their mainsail. I didn’t realize this relief at first, but soon did, and I did everything to maintain our alignment to the sun. I never said anything, and when the breeze came in, we remained energized. Lesson: use your friends. We won the race and the regatta, and later that night, we finally ate and drank like the kings we were. Good times! MiamiSailingWeek.com | NewportSailingWeek.com 23



SPLASH! Nautical Photography With Cory Silken

e had a chance to catch up with world-renowned nautical photographer, Cory Silken, the official BACARDI Miami Sailing Week photographer. Here are some of his insights on why he loves BACARDI Miami Sailing Week and photographing boats, which might be helpful to think about if you’re setting up a GoPro or are trying to capture a day out on the water. Be sure to visit his gallery in downtown Newport, at 518 Thames St., during BACARDI Newport Sailing Week this summer, or online at www.CorySilken.com. It’s no coincidence that the best places to sail are also the best places to shoot sailing pics. Like my home waters of Newport, Biscayne Bay is an ideal spot because of the reliable sea breeze. The saturated green sea color looks great set against the vibrant city backdrop, and it’s usually sunny! In addition to the natural factors that make for great photography at BMSW, the regatta always attracts a high level of competition and close racing. While zooming in tight and getting a frothy splash off the bow is always a breathtaking shot, taking a wider view and incorporating the tactical aspects of racing can work as well. The tactics and interaction between boats has geometric balance, or imbalance, which creates drama in the shot even in lighter air. Beyond their location, the boat shapes provide interesting details to work into a photograph too. Using the shape as a backdrop can help simplify the photo, drawing the focus onto the sailors and body gestures. This works with color as well as shape, which is why you might be more likely to be featured in a magazine when you win with a colorful kite versus a white one.

Shooting different types of boats provides different challenges and opportunities, and I often get asked about working with superyachts and their owners. Moving to a more elaborate program at the top end is similar to a Laser sailor campaigning a J70. The budget changes but the camaraderie and passion for sailing is constant. Photographing larger boats has the benefit of allowing me another vantage point: onboard. Photographing onboard is great for bringing the crew work into the foreground of an image. It is tricky working in the confined space of a boat, however, a very wide angle lens is useful in capturing the action onboard while still giving a sense of place and competition. Showing the entire boat from the stern or bow tends to look good. Anything near a wide angle lens appears relatively larger and more prominent, so one must be mindful of things strewn around the deck (like water bottles) when aligning a shot onboard. A third vantage point for a sailing picture story is from above. The creative considerations are the same as with shooting from a chase boat, but with more flexibility in the 3rd dimension. Removing the door is essential for getting sharp pictures, and there’s no way to fall out with the seatbelt and centrifugal force pushing you in to the seat! There are certainly a lot of factors that go into creating a great sailing photo, but the most important of all is having fun with it. Having fun is key to accessing your creativity. Looking at other photographers’ work can be inspiring, but thinking about what you see through the camera and exploring your own creativity is going to give the best result.

By: Cory Silken

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Or How to Eliminate General Recalls and Black Flags


ong before there was a Black Flag rule I had the honor and challenge to PRO the 470 class World Championship with 75 boats. Former Olympian Gardner Cox came along one day as an on-board observer. So I asked him, “What do you do if you set square lines

and too many boats keep starting over early?”

“My son, at some point you have to start sending them home.” I didn’t want to do that. Every entry in that event traveled a long way, some from halfway around the planet. We were using a mid-line boat and discovered two tricks that solved the problem. By dropping the mid-line boat back just two to four feet, competitors arriving in the front row could see two flags lined up and stopped moving forward. They could see the line! They also knew they would be caught if they went any further because we used the one-minute, round-the-ends-rule, now known as rule 30.1, I flag rule. Using three line boats properly and flag I for prep signal this method virtually eliminates recall problems. When competitors first arrive on the line they know to go no further because they can see the line flags lining up. More important the race committee has not one or two, but four sets of eyes watching different parts of the line, one spotter on each end and two spotters in the middle boat looking both ways. Why flag I? It’s not about the penalty or threat of having to sail all the way to an end if caught. It’s about the ability of the race committee to write down any boat they see from one-minute on, rather than trying to take a mental photograph at the gun. It is my firm belief that general recalls are very unfair. General recalls are also a huge waste of time. Let’s say boats A, B, and C make awesome starts but boats C-J are over and only a few can be identified. Two guns, first repeater, do-over start. Now the Black Flag comes out. On the next start A, B, and C are over but C-J make great starts. A-C are told to stop racing but C-J are fully exonerated. What happened to the great starts by A-C at the scheduled time and where is the penalty for C-J starting illegally the first time? See the inequity? With a little race committee practice it can be done when it counts. Write a script for different possibilities and practice on the water with ground tackle and radios for twenty minutes before the first race. Some sailors like the Black Flag. Why? Because it eliminates some of their competition before the race even starts regardless of entry fee or distance traveled. What a shame.

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lthough it may not seem like it at the time, picking the right college shapes the rest of your life. For a sailor, when picking a college, they are also picking a sailing team, not only for the next four years, but also for the rest of their lives. The friends you make on your team, and the connections you make through alumni will open doors in the working world and boats up in the sailing world. While you’re in college, the sailing knowledge and experience you gain practicing every day and racing every weekend is immense. Something that differentiates sailing from other college sports is ICSA’s (Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association) rule that,

“No student-athlete shall receive financial assistance to attend college based upon sailing ability. Furthermore, no coach or representative of an athletic interest related to sailing shall influence, or attempt to influence, financial aid decisions on behalf of a proactive student-athlete.” In short, being a sailor isn’t going to earn you any money towards tuition, but a college coach can help a bit with getting accepted to a college. College sailing encompasses a massive scope including different types of boats and different types of racing. Sailors compete in fleet racing, team racing, match racing and offshore racing, sailing boats like lasers, 420s, FJs, Z420s, Sonars, and many others. With practice every day, racing on most weekends, and the vast variety of boats and types of racing that comes from college sailing, a college sailor can learn so much in their four year college sailing career. According to Zach Leonard, the coach at Yale University, college sailing is so great because of, “how many reps a sailor gets each week, each month, each season and

each year. There is just nowhere else in the world where you can see the game play out and build your experience so quickly.” The colleges are split up into seven conferences based on their locations. Most racing occurs between other colleges in your conference, but there are also interconference races that bring colleges from conferences all over the country together for a weekend. Along with the conference divisions, single-handed and double-handed racing is also broken up into womens and coed regattas. Most regattas have eight-teen colleges competing with 2 divisions from each school. At some of the larger regattas, there can be over a hundred sailors in attendance, many of whom know each other from youth sailing.

“From the moment you step onto campus, your sailing team is like an instant family; sharing meals, hotel rooms, car rides to practice, van rides to regattas and everything in between, all while competing at the highest level in the sport we all love.” Once the four years of college sailing are over, the network you have built through the sailing team can help you with jobs, travel, and getting on boats to race all over the world.

By: Arielle deLisser, HWS Class of 2014

Photo © Rob Migliaccio

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The Pipistrello workshop experience and Roberto Fiorentino’s sailing inspired paintings on display at Coconut Grove’s CocoWalk


hroughout history sailing has been instrumental in the development of civilization, affording humanity greater mobility than travel over land, whether for trade, transport or warfare, and the capacity for fishing. The earliest representation of a ship under sail appears on a painted disc found in Kuwait dating between 5000 and 5500 BCE. Polynesian ocean farers traveled vast distances of open oceans in outrigger canoes using navigation methods such as stick charts. Advances in sailing technology from the Middle Ages onward enabled Arab, Chinese, Indian and European explorers to make longer voyages into regions with extreme weather and climatic conditions. There were improvements in sails, masts and rigging; improvements in marine navigation including the crosstree and charts, of both the sea and constellations, allowed more certainty in sea travel. From the 15th century onwards, European ships went further north, stayed longer on the Grand Banks and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and eventually began to explore the Pacific Northwest and the Western Arctic.Sailing has contributed to many great explorations in the world. Until the mid-19th century most boats were made of natural materials, primarily wood, although reed, bark and animal skins were also used. By the mid-19th century, many boats had been built with iron or steel frames but still planked in wood. By the 1930s boats built entirely of steel from frames to plating were seen replacing wooden boats in many industrial uses, also for fishing fleets. Around the mid-1960s, boats made of glass-reinforced plastic, more commonly known as fiberglass, became popular, especially for recreational boats. For this year exhibit we asked ourselves what is it about wooden sailboats that still captures the popular imagination. For this reason we partnered with our friends at Wooden Boat magazine, a publication for wooden boat owners and builders, focusing on materials, design, construction tech-niques and repair solutions. They introduced us to boat builder George Krewson and together we will build a Shellback sailboat in one-week time. We will set-up a temporary boat-building shed in CocoWalk that, coincidently, was home, back in the 1950’s, of a real boat building business.

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ART EXHIBIT Renowned naval architect Joel White designed Shellback Dinghy. Built using the “glued plywood lapstrtake” method with the finest marine grade mahogany plywood, bronze fastenings and solid mahogany rails and knees. The sailing version features bright spruce spars supporting a standing lug rig with an easily stoweable rudder and daggerboard. As well as being a great looking boat, she also moves effortlessly while rowing, tows well behind larger boats and is fun and pleasant to sail!

Shellback Dingy by Joel White LOA:11’ 2” Draft:7” & 2’3” Beam:4’5” Displacement:125.00 lbs


e are also fortunate to be able to host Italian artist Roberto Fiorentino. Roberto, who resides in Naples, Italy, will set-up a temporary art gallery in CocoWalk. He will bring to Miami five art pieces inspired by sailing and the sea. Roberto loves to paint with an open mind, free of any common notion offering to his audience their own interpretation. His pieces rarely have a title and those who have are often changed by the artist like the additional pieces that were recently on display at Art-Basel Miami.


he art exhibit component of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week will also feature beautiful photos of past regattas in which we feature the sailboats that participate in the event and that are difficult to see from land while sailing.

We appreciate and are thankful to CocoWalk and CocoBid for supporting this initiative that has, as primary objective, the purpose to tie in the local community with sailing. The exhibits are admission free and will run from Saturday March 5th to the 12th. MiamiSailingWeek.com | NewportSailingWeek.com 29




The Coolest Niche of the Sport of Sailing Three great reasons to sail over to the team racing course:


1. mproved boathandling – In a fleet race you might do five tacks on the beat, but in a team race you’ll do five tacks in the first five boat lengths of the beat in an effort to cover an opponent or break cover if you’re behind. Good boathandling is rewarded in team racing. 2.


etter knowledge of the Racing Rules of Sailing – you and those six pages of rules and three pages of definitions will become intimate! With six boats operating in close proximity for 10-15 minutes of non-stop battle, you will see more rules situations in one race than a whole fleet race season. Use the

rulebook as a shield and a sword.

Team Racing Championship for the Hinman Trophy and the Hinman Masters and Grandmasters are for those of a certain age. There are also two famous team racing regattas...the Wilson in West Kirby and the ISAF Worlds. If you want to take your sailing to the next level, find your way to a team racing course or hitch a ride with an umpire (the best seats in the house). Learn to speak a different language with

“mark traps”, “pass backs”, “bump-n-run”, “high/low”, “the weave” and “4-5 gap.” You will definitely have fun too!

By: Amanda Callahan, Assistant Director of Athletics and Head Sailing Coach of Roger Williams University


3. he excitement – most races aren’t over until the finish line. In fleet racing, when you get a bad start, you flail about the back of the fleet for the whole race. In team racing, if your teammates fared better than you on the starting line, they will help get you to the front. That’s what friends are for! And if they didn’t start well, the race is over in less than 15 minutes, minimizing the brutality.

{ Proudly handcrafted in Newport, RI }

It is not as hard as it may seem to give team racing a try. From Optimists and junior sailing to college sailing, there a lot of opportunities to learn the finer points of team racing. Many of the popular team racing events are organized through yacht clubs around the country. Find one near you and join! Many have invested in a one-design fleet for this purpose. At New York Yacht Club, team racing is a priority (the reason they are continually attracting young members to the club). NYYC offers an all-level team racing clinic to the whole membership, coached by some experts. Novice team racers crew on boats with more experienced ones. Later in the season, the club hosts a very competitive Inter-Club Championship. Not every club has the resources of NYYC, but many, from New England to New Orleans, are making the most of club-owned Ideal 18s, C420 and Flying Scot fleets for adult team racing. Some community sailing programs around the country offer team racing too. Additionally, there are team race regattas hosted by various clubs throughout the year. US Sailing organizes the US




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THE ARCHIPELAGO RALLY Family Sailing At Its Best


s a child, Tracy Hayley rigged her Optimist dinghy after school for a few hours of training on the crystal blue-green waters of Biscayne Bay. She was usually too focused to stop and pet the manatees outside Coral Reef Yacht Club or ogle at a smiling green sea turtle. She had a regatta every weekend. It meant a lot to her and she was having fun with her friends.

That same spirit is alive today at Bacardi Sailing Week with hundreds of sailors having the same razor focus on mastering the wind and waves of South Florida waters. Tracy Hayley Smith, now living in New England, is taking a slightly different tack with her two young girls. Sailing for them is a full family affair, camp cruising on a trailerable Marshall Cat and evening sails on a nine-foot Dyer Dhow on their creek in Wickford, Rhode Island.

“In Miami, there was a big emphasis on fun and a big culture of cruising,” says Smith, who went on to campaign in Olympic and international classes. She says that junior sailing (she started at nine), like many sports, has become more intense. Today, she is looking to share a fun experience on the water in hopes her children will want to keep doing it. “The Archipelago Rally is the only ‘race’ we’ve done with the girls,” says Smith. “If that means cramming two adults and five kids into a Beetle Cat with a bag of lollipops…what could be

better than that?”

The Rally, is a hap-hazard collection of “anything that floats with a sail” racing pursuit-style (slowest boats start first based on a Portsmouth Yardstick Rating, in hopes of all finishing at once) off some beautiful beach in the Northeast. If Tracy is lucky, this more organic approach to kicking off a sailing career will ensure that the girls love sailing. The 2015 Rally was held at the Spindle Rock Club. Nestled among the sand dunes and marshes where the Westport River winds into the Atlantic Ocean, this ancient beach club gives access to acres of shoal-draft sailing where oyster fishermen have gathered their catch for hundreds of years. Around 40 craft showed up, ranging from Hobie Cats to a 60-year-old, hot-molded dinghy pulled from storage just for the Rally. There were more children (50) than adults, a wide open beach and treats to carry the toddlers across the mid-race hump kept smiles on faces. The Rally paints a strikingly different scene from the well-honed structure of racing in South Florida. But the spirit is the same. Whether under a tent at a sponsored party or sitting in front of a driftwood fire clasping a hot cider with rum, sailors enjoy the same discussions: trials and tribulations of a day at the races, and eager plans for the next day of sailing. Hopefully events like the Rally and BACARDI Sailing Week keep inspiring young and, let’s say young at heart sailors to keep their racing calendars full.

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HQ– Hospitality Village

Miami Sailing Week Regatta Chair:


Mark Pincus

Star Class Representative:

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

Barbara Beigel-Vosbury

Viper Class Representative:

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 Sailboat Racing in our DNA, Coral Reef Yacht Club is recognized as a premier yachting center. The 88th 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 Henry Chau, Race Committee Chair Don Poole and the CRYC membership of strong volunteers who the traditions of hosting Regattas. Special thank yous go to Bacardi Sailing Week Overall Regatta

Jonathan Nye

J/70 Class Representative:

Kendra Muenter

VX-One Class Representative:

Michael Norris

A-CATS Class Representative:

Bailey White


Circle #1 Star course:

Circle #2 Viper 640 and VX-ONE course:

Circle #3 J/70:

Circle #4 A-CAT:

Bill Stump Judy Hanlon

Chair Mark Pincus and Bacardi Sailing Week Program Editor Connie Bischoff.

David Brennan Scott Giering




Tom Rinda Egil Wold


IJ Chief Judge IJ Judge

Leo Reise Marty Ottenheimer Rick Mallinson


IJ Judge IJ Judge NJ


NJ Judge

Lori Lowe

BMSW HOSTS Coral reef yacht club

Gabriele Pedone

Miami Sailing Week Event Chair:


2540 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133

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 2016, BBYC will host and do race management for the J/70s class participating in BMSW. Commodore Jeffrey B. Williamson and RC Chair Bruce Harper are looking forward to a great regatta.

Jury Secretaries: Robin Rinda Harriet Ottenheimer

SAFETY There are three main goals for BACARDI Miami Sailing Week: 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 ask us.

BISCAYNE BAY & COMMON AREA Biscayne Bay waters and the Coconut Grove area are part of a large South Florida ecosystem. We kindly ask all the participants of the BACARDI Miami Sailing Week event to take particular care in keeping the property and the surrounding area in order.

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, our Regatta Chair, The Principal Race Officers, the Race Committees, the Jury, the Scoring team, the Shore side Staff, the Volunteers, the US Coast Guard and all the supporting organizations.



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, which will help to coordinate logistics for the VX One Class.



2476 South Bayshore Drive Miami, FL 33133 (305) 854-1058

The U.S. Sailing Center (USSC) is an independent local non-profit organization founded in 1987 whose primary mission is to promote sailing in the Miami area. The center has been an official U.S. Olympic Training Site since 1998. The Schoonmaker Center and the Herman F. Whiton Pavilion are well equipped to host world-class regattas. A special thank you to the USSC for providing support and assisting with the organization of the BACARDI Miami Sailing Week 2013.

Results available at WWW.YACHTSCORING.COM

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The Cuban Storm

In 1862, Don Facundo Bacardi Masso, set out to create a rum like no other. He spent the next decade perfecting blends that he was proud to serve to people of Cuba. He never settled, always looking for ways to improve his product. BACARDI OCHO, made from a special selection of barrel-aged reserves rums aged for a minimum of 8 years, remained the sole preserve of the Bacardi family for seven generations.

MAKE ONE 2 parts Bacardi 8 3 parts Ginger Beer 1 or 2 lime wedgesugar and top with ice.

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add Bacardi 8, followed by your favorite Ginger Beer and garnish with a wedge of lime and a straw.







3540 Main Hwy Miami, FL 33133 3105 Commodore Plaza Miami, FL 33133 3468 Main Hwy Coconut Grove, FL 33133

3067 Grand Ave Miami, FL 33133 3540 Main Highway Coconut Grove, Fl 33137 3131 Commodore Plaza Miami, FL 33101

Proud sponsors of BACARDI Sailing Week, Miami and Newport Also proud to sponsor: EFG Sailing Team, Switzerland EFG Mandrake in Division A regattas, Asia EFG Nations’ Cup, Hong Kong The EFG Pan-American Viper 640 Championships The EFG Star Winter Series, Florida 2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Panerai British Classic Week EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour EFG Sailing Academy, Monaco Yacht Club Optimist Sailing School, Société Nautique de Genève www.efgsailing.com


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STUDIOMILANO Official Program of the BACARDI Miami Sailing Week International Regatta.


STUDIOMILANO Official Program of the BACARDI Miami Sailing Week International Regatta.

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