Sailing and art merge during Miami Sailing Week
San Diego’s Mark Reynolds and local sailor Magnus Liljedahl shared both Olympic Gold and a Star World Championship win in 2000, had not sailed together in 10 years but they are back together again this year. Already the skipper and crew with the most Bacardi Cup wins to their credit (seven for Reynolds and five for Liljedahl; which include three they won together in 2002, 1998 and 1997), the win of the day’s lone race would seem to indicate they are on their way to setting another Bacardi Cup record.
“Overall a pretty good race,” said Reynolds. “Magnus was of great help. We didn't sail together in 10 years, but we were not rusty -- just getting old! It felt like the good old days. In the past I would come to Bacardi expecting to win; now I don't have that expectation, but it feels good to be on top.”
The fifth annual running of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) will run through March 8, 2014. Regatta headquarters is at Kennedy Park here in the Grove. The six-day racing schedule is headlined by the Star class teams. On the last four days of the regatta, the Stars will share Biscayne Bay with competitors in the Audi Melges 20, J/70, Melges 24, Viper 640 and VX One classes.
During Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, sailors will enjoy the hospitality lounge, Bacardi Rum tastings, as well as a special showing of the film 07.07.07 Amorita’s Unlucky Day. A special exhibit, Wynwood Sails Color the Grove, will feature the work of 10 artists of the graffiti and street art genre taking inspiration from the sea and sailing to create a work on canvas shaped like the jib of a sailboat. The art will be displayed at CocoWalk until March 8, daily between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm. Additionally, a live performance will take place Saturday, March 8, from 4:00-8:00 pm, allowing the public to witness the artist’s creativity first-hand. In addition, select images from the 2010 to 2013 regattas, from the lenses of respected marine photographers Franco Pace of Italy, and Onne van der Wal and Cory Silken of the USA , will be displayed alongside the canvasses created specifically for Wynwood Sails Color the Grove to juxtapose “the City meets the Sea” for this unique art event.
Photo Credit BMSW/Cory Silken
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