Keelboats classes on the Alpha course for 2009 will be International Etchells, International One Design (IOD), J/24 and J/105, which will sail on Bermuda’s Great Sound. This year only the Lasers will compete on the Bravo Course. The Bravo course will also sail in the Great Sound, but out of the Spanish Point Boat Club in waters near the club’s beach facility.
The 2009 regatta will see global competitors from Australia, Sweden, Norway, Canada, US and the UK plus, of course, the usual strong contingent from the Bermuda classes.
Racing starts at 1100 each day for both courses. The ‘Bacardi Gras’ Celebration on Race Week’s ‘Bat Tuesday’ leads into a ‘No Race’ day on Wednesday, just right for international guests to enjoy the sights and non-sailing activities of Bermuda. The ‘Bacardi Gras’ Bat Tuesday party is open to competitors and the public.
Bacardi also presents a daily prize at the RBYC Terrace Bar post race party. The Bacardi Sailing Spirit Prize, for the day’s significant sailing achievement, is awarded ceremoniously each afternoon.
The Prize Giving Party at RBYC concludes Race Week on 24 April. In addition to the fantastic sailing competition, the week is sprinkled with fleet parties.
Inaugurated by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in 1927, Bermuda International Invitational Race Week has become an established international yachting fixture each spring - attracting top skippers from all over the world. All classes with an active local racing program in Bermuda may invite international sailors to participate in the 2009 Bermuda International Invitational Race Week. International participation is required for a fleet to compete.