Connecting next generation to Star Class

Published on November 2nd, 2023

At the 1945 Star World Championship, 17-year-old Malin Burnham won the title alongside his 15-year-old crew Lowell North. A lot has changed since then, as teenagers today are more likely to be racing age-based dinghies, which has disconnected them from established one design classes.

Eager to build a bridge for the next generation, Bacardi, in collaboration with the Star Class, is administering the Bacardi Cup U30 Program for 2024.

The primary goal of the program is to offer promising young sailors the opportunity to chase their racing dreams at the prestigious Bacardi Cup in Miami, USA. The program extends complimentary entry to the regatta and financial support to cover sailors’ expenses associated with participation, for up to ten teams from around the world.

“The passion for sailing the Star transcends generations, attracting the finest sailors,” notes Star Class President Paul Cayard. “The emerging talent is inspiring. We have a robust U30 fleet supported by our U30 Development Committee, who, alongside our long-standing sailors, generously provide resources and expertise. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Bacardi for their unwavering commitment to ensuring the timeless allure of the Star Class remains accessible to all.”

The 2024 Bacardi Cup will take place from March 4-9 in Miami, FL. With a six-race series, the 97th edition anticipates a blend of sailing legends, World Champions, Olympians, and professional sailors who compete alongside class enthusiasts.

Bacardi and the Star Class will be reaching out to U30 sailors with further details. In the meantime, sailors who are interested in the Bacardi Cup U30 Program may contact

As a continuation of Bacardi’s commitment, the 97th Bacardi Cup U30 Champions will not only enjoy their victory but also secure financial support from Bacardi to compete at the 2024 Star Class World Championship taking place from September 8-13 in San Diego, CA.

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