SU-O1, (Graphic Reporter Kris Mincev ) With alarming news in the local TV networks of migrating schools of sharks on the coast line of Florida, the week of the REGATTA MIAMI BACARDI began with freezing winds.
Precisely those same drafts and sunny days withouth humidity are the best conditions for the regatta’s competitors who enjoyed the hospitality and tasting the variety of brands and flavors of BACARDI RUM.
As the everyday awards for the first 3 ranked teams and the honors dinner at the end of all diferent competitions. In the VILLA BACARDI, was prepared for all fans and competitors to share: music, art food and games.
The COPA BACARDI was celebrating the 86th Anniversary and 51 consecutive years of competition in many categories of Sport Sailboats in the BACARDI MIAMI SAILING WEEK has been established in BISCAYNE BAY by COCONUT GROVE entry as the official track event.
An event that has remained the same, in memory of TITO BACARDI, pioneer of the BACARDI CUP tournament where the select community of participants in racing sailboats find various ways to honor sportmanship and cheerful TITO, along with his family, the BACARDI FAMILY.
In addition to the race, in the VILLA BACARDI, it was an ART exhibition a photo display about the history of the COPA AMERICA, an oustanding work of photographers CORY SILKEN, RHODE ISLAND resident who had on display a large collection in the North Hall of the CONVENTION CENTER of COCONUT GROVE.
The exhibition was open to all followers of this great event. The CORAL REEF YACHT CLUB in collaboration. BISCAYNE BAY YACHT and CLUB SAILING CENTER U.S. and SHAKE -A-LEG MIAMI have supported this organic and totally family oriented sport.
The races were held in three separate groups about two miles out to sea, off BISCAYNE BAY, the class START 86º continuous in association with BACARDI, a tradition that began in CUBA and then in MIAMI, since 1962, it’s marks the 50th Anniversary and celebrate including more categories to the race, offering more emotions in the tournament, competing in classes: VIPER 640, MELGES 20, MELGES 24 y J/80, and incorporating a new category this year J/70’s in its first race in SOUTH FLORIDA.
– ” We are more than satisfied, we increase new categories, with participants from over 12 countries, we have everything, art music, snacks and wide variety of BACARDI products”- Said in an Exclusive Interview EDDIE CUTILLAS, the night of the closing night awards.
Thus ended the sailboats competitions in the BACARDI MIAMI SAILING WEEK (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank, whit a tight competition between the top contenders in each class, and through the unexpected victory in the STAR CATEGROY 86º race, BACARDI CUP for the team MARK MENDELBLATT from ST. PETERSBURG FL. BRIAN FAITH from MIAMI FL.Unpredicted outcome since MENDELBLATT and FAITH, began the series with low score and almost get desqualified but they regained the lead on the one before the last day to remain in second place in the positions to climb the first at the last race, becoming winners. -“We did not have a balanced performance,but we managed to turn the tide and grave a complete turnaround”- Said MENDELBLATT
Who already won the BACARDI CUP in 2005. -“It was a disappointing start and it was my fault for not having a good first race. After that I was very aware about our score and we put all our effort winning the last two races, it was not an easy road win the CUP, which means a lot for me. Is very important to win any race but winning the race star is not easy at all and is a great honor”- Colcludes.
Now MARK MENDELBLATT and FAITH BRIAN, have their names on the TITO BACARDI’s trophy.
What began in 1927 as an event for three days, with less than 10 ships, now attracts over 200 athletes each year from about 23 countries and international media attention.The BACARDI Cup is the only Cuban sports event that has survived in the United States, including: schools of sharks, broken masts, surrounded by art, parties, games, food and completely sponsored by Bacardi USA, Inc.
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