Sailors Get Ready to Compete in the 2009 Bacardi Cup

Miami Beach, FL, March 07, 2009 --( The city of Miami Beach will host the 82nd annual Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta from March 8th to March 13th. This prestigious regatta attracts thousands of sailing enthusiasts from around the world as they watch some of the world’s finest sailors compete for the honor and pride that comes with winning this legendary cup.

The competition will begin at noon on Sunday, March 8th on Biscayne Bay. Sailors from around the world will gather to embody the spirit of class and sportsmanship that comes with this event which began in Havana, Cuba. The Bacardi Cup is one of the few regattas in which world class sailors can compete against weekend yachters and other dilettantes.

Each year, 200 sailors from over 23 countries convene in South Florida and vie for this prestigious cup. The two member race teams, comprising of a skipper and a crew, board a 22 foot Olympic class Star sloops to test their mental fortitude and athletic abilities in order to pursue the ultimate prize: The Trofeo Bacardi. The “Tito” Cup, named after the grandson of the founder of Bacardi Rum, is awarded to the winning to crew.

Last year’s winner was the Portuguese team, Afonso Domingos and Bernardo Santos. The duo also won the cup in 2004 and remains the only European team to ever win this competitive star class event.

The Bacardi Cup is the only Cuban-born competition to continue in the United States. The regatta is co-hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club and the U.S. Sailing Center. Both institutions are based in Coconut Grove.

The event will kickoff with a Sunday Welcome Party which will feature a Bacardi Rum tasting. The Mid-Week Awards will be held on Wednesday at CRYC and the Bacardi Cup will be presented at the awards ceremony after the last race on Friday topped with a Cuban "Asado Tropical" Buffet.

Sailing enthusiasts and spectators who plan to attend this spirited competition can stay at nearby hotels, including the Marco Polo Beach Resort. This Miami Beach hotel is conveniently located on Collins Avenue, a few minutes from WMC headquarters. In addition to its breathtaking views and central location, this three star hotel also offers guests great accommodations, including spacious guest rooms with full service kitchenettes, private balconies, 27” cable television, and free wireless internet. Services and amenities also include a full fitness gym, complete with sauna and steam room; beauty salon; gift shop; daily maid service; and 24 hour valet parking service.

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About 2009 Bacardi Cup
Bacardi Cup
March 8 -13, 2009
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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160
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