Miami Venue Guide

Jim Saltonstall looks at Florida's premier regatta venue, host of the first major regatta of the Olympic season
There are many places in the world where we would all like to go racing but Miami must be one of the best venues - surrounded with character and sunshine. Normally regarded as a winter racing venue, Miami is blessed with 6- 20 knot winds in the normal sailing months of January and February. There is also the significant advantage of warm water going down your neck! Miami Olympic classes regatta in late January is the main event for the dinghy classes. One of the biggest Star Class regattas of the year, the Bacardi Cup is held in Biscayne Bay every February and recent years have also seen a resurgence of the SORC regatta. Traditionally, Miami has also been used as a winter training venue by both the American competitors and many overseas teams. Many Brits have used this venue for training, putting new crews together, testing new boats and sails, improving their boat handling skills, etc. There are three main regatta venues in Miami. For the dinghy classes, US Sailing's Sailing Center (2476 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, Florida 33133) is the main one. Located in fashionable Coconut Grove right next door to the Coral Reef Yacht Club, the Sailing Centre offers a fenced compound and good launching facilities for both keelboats and dinghies. It is close to the main race areas. The Sailing Center is also just eight miles from Miami International Airport, so not too far to travel on arriving. The best contact for any info at the venue is: John Kohlas, tel +1-305 856 8412, email:, web address: Guest sailors are normally welcome at the Sailing Center . A small charge is made and you need to book in advance. There is plenty of accommodation in the area, though the quality is very variable. One which the