Bacardi expands plan for winter schedule
Published on June 8th, 2018
The renowned Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta is expanding for the 2019 edition, with invitations extended to the Melges 24 and Viper 640 classes, who will join the J/70 Class and Star Class.
Celebrating over nine decades of Star Class racing, the fleets will once again congregate at Coral Reef Yacht Club and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club for the 92nd Bacardi Cup, which is incorporated within the 2019 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta on March 3 to 9.
Building up to the finale of the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, a brand new Bacardi Invitational Winter Series is launched for the J/70 and Melges 24 Classes on December 1-2 and January 19-20.
“Miami has always been a home for Star Class racing, and the growing interest for an equally strong winter series for the best sailors in the J/70 and Melges 24 Classes motivated the launch of these two new Bacardi Invitational Winter Series events,” said Sara Zanobini, Event Director of the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta.
“In 2018, we couldn’t invite all the usual classes to the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta because of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Now with the waterfront virtually 100% repaired, it was a natural step to respond to the demand for more class racing, and we are really excited to launch the new Winter Series and expand the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta race programme.
“The whole waterfront area is working with us to ensure the event is as attractive for the competitors, as it is for the numerous spectators who join us to watch the racing and soak up the shore side atmosphere.”
For nearly one century, the Bacardi Cup has continued to attract the world’s top sailors and fans with its popularity and intrigue and in 2019 will celebrate its 92nd anniversary on Biscayne Bay, the event’s home for the past 57 straight years.
What started out as a 3-day event with less than 10 boats in 1927 in Cuba, is set to attract well over 160 boats in 2019 from March 4-9. Racing for the J/70, Melges 24, and Viper 640 Classes will unfold from March 7 to 9.
Source: Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta