Inaugural Bacardi Miami Sailing Week Features Historic Bacardi Cup Regatta

25 February 2010

The Bacardi® Cup was conceived in 1927 as a three-day event with less than ten boats competing for the Trofeo Bacardi as part of the Cup of Cuba’s Mid-Winter Championship. The regatta continued for thirty years until political unrest forced the Bacardi Cup to move in 1962 from Havana to the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove Miami. Since continuing in Miami, the Bacardi Cup has grown into an internationally renowned sailing spectacle with 200 world class sailors representing 23 different countries all channeling the grand tradition of camaraderie first evidenced by the regatta’s beginnings.

2010 will mark another stepping-stone with the creation of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW). The event will be a six-day experience that will gather additional National and International sailing classes together in a fun-filled week of regattas, awards ceremonies, parties, and cultural exhibits. The racing begins on Monday, March 8, 2010 with events scheduled daily through Saturday, March 13, 2010. The 83rd running of the Bacardi Cup and its Star Class will be the feature event of the weeklong regattas. More one-design classes have been invited to join the activities, and the Melges 20, Melges 24, J24 and the Viper 640 classes have been confirmed to compete in BMSW in conjunction with their 2010 North American Championship. Event registration is now open.

The prestigious Coral Reef Yacht Club will continue to be the Organizing Authority for the Star Class and will coordinate on-water activities in collaboration with Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and Coconut Grove Sailing Club. The U.S. Sailing Center and Shake-A-Leg will also support the event. Regattas will be held on three different courses approximately two miles out on Biscayne Bay. Miami Sailing Week is a Studiomilano creation and Bacardi is the event title sponsor.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be able to launch a new event and be able to be working with Bacardi. It is an honor for us to feature the 83rd Bacardi Cup as the Miami Sailing Week main event and have Bacardi as our title sponsor” comments President of Studiomilano Gabriele Pedone. “The Bacardi Cup has a long rich heritage in the world of sailing and we are honored to be granted the opportunity to work alongside Bacardi, Coral Reef Yacht Club and the entire Coconut Grove waterfront. The overall plan of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week is to preserve the great heritage of this historic regatta and allowing other sailors to be part of a new Miami tradition.”

Bacardi Miami Sailing Week will in fact offer sailors from a variety of different one-design classes the chance to compete in various regattas, all of which will be sponsored by Bacardi. An exciting weeklong string of competitions will kick off Miami Sailing Week, March 8th, 2010, with the Bacardi Cup serving as the capstone event, closing the festivities on Saturday, March 13th with the award presentation at Peacock Park.

More information on the 83rd Bacardi Cup and Miami Sailing Week is available at the website.

About Studiomilano:
Studiomilano is a full service marketing and management firm, founded in August 2002, representing some of the leading luxury retailers and events in the world. Services range from business and project management to event development and coordination, and all aspects in between. For more information on Studiomilano, visit their website.

About Bacardi Rums:
In 1862, in Santiago de Cuba, Bacardi revolutionized the spirits industry when founder Don Facundo Bacardi began producing his remarkable light-bodied, smooth rum Bacardi, the world’s favorite premium rum brand and the world’s most awarded premium rum. Today, Bacardi Rum is produced in Puerto Rico, following the production legacy set forth by Don Facundo – crafted in a five-step distillation process, aged in American white oak barrels, and filtered five times for unparalleled quality and smoothness.

About Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.:
Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. is the United States import, sales and marketing 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 premium 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.