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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Be a part of Bacardi's Miami Sailing Week

Bacardi Miami Sailing Week is coming to Coconut Grove from March 3 to 9. This is their 50th year! You'll probably see many of the sailors and their families around the village.
There is a hospitality village on our waterfront, which is the center of all things regatta, the sailors have food and drink there and they sign in there. There are lots of activities that keep them on site, but many of course visit the village to shop, dine and unwind. A trolley sure would help them get around, but that's another story.

Leading the sailing lineup are 2012 Star World Champions Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (France), who are also the Bacardi Cup defending champions.  They will face, among others, 1992 Finn Silver medalist Brian Ledbetter (Medina, Wash.) who has teamed with Canadian 2012 Olympian Tyler Bjorn; 2009 Star World Champion George Szabo (San Diego) sailing with Miami’s Magnus Liljedahl, the 2000 world champion and Olympic Gold Medalist; two-time (’08, ’12) Olympian Peter O’Leary (Ireland) with Rodney Hagebols (Australia); Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.); and two-time (’88, ’96) Tornado Olympic Medalist Lars Grael (Rio de Janeiro, BRA). 

A kick-off party with a Pro-Am reception is being held Saturday, March 2 and at the end of the week, the following Saturday, March 9, there is a party and events ceremony. In between it's a week of sailing competitions.

For the fourth year in a row Miami Sailing Week is offering competitors from a variety of different one-design classes the opportunity to compete during this fun and exciting event on the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay.

This will be the Star Class 86th consecutive year partnering with Bacardi, a tradition that begun in Cuba then in Miami since 1962 making it this year the 50th anniversary.
For the first time in Miami, there will be a Bacardi Cup & Miami Sailing Week Pro Am Regatta. You can join the sailing crew and help out great local causes at the same time.

Space is limited to 15 people to enjoy sailing with some of the most accomplished sailing captains in the world. Join the Kick-Off Party and Pro-Am Regatta Reception on Saturday, March 2,  from 6-9 pm. It’s a non-profit event benefiting Shake a Leg, Team Paradise, and Sailing Heals.

Tickets are $30.00 each, plus a $2.64. You can buy them here.

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