New Newport regatta
Following its inaugural year, Bacardi Miami Sailing Week will return to Coconut Grove in Miami, for its second annual running from 6-12 March, 2011. In addition, the organising committee has announced the creation of Bacardi Newport Sailing Week, which will be held in Newport, R.I., over 23-26 June, 2011. Both events will be presented by EFG Bank with Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. reconfirmed as the title sponsor.
Featured at the week-long regatta in Miami will be the 84th running of the historic Bacardi Cup for the Star Class.
The Viper 640, along with the Melges 20, Melges 24 and the J/24 classes, will join the competition at BMSW. The event will be a six-day experience that will gather national and international sailing classes together in a fun-filled week of regattas, awards ceremonies, parties, and cultural exhibits.
Racing begins on 7 March, with events scheduled daily through until 12 March. The Coral Reef Yacht Club 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 Miami will also support the event. Racing will be held on three separate courses approximately two miles out on Biscayne Bay.
“We are pleased to be working again with our title sponsor Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. and EFG Bank, which has become the new presenting sponsor of the Bacardi Miami/Newport Sailing Weeks,” said Gabriele Pedone, President of Studiomilano, organiser of both regattas. “The fact that we will start a second event in Newport, Rhode Island, at Sail Newport next June, is confirmation that both our sponsors and participants enjoy the multi-class formula in a European-style regatta.”