Skippers and crew numbering more than 250 will test their kill in Bermuda International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bacardi starting Sunday.
Festivities start with the RBYC Welcoming Cocktail Party on Saturday. Sailing starts Sunday morning with racing in eight classes in the annual multi-class, one-design regatta organized by Royal Bermuda Yacht Club with the help of the Spanish Point Boat Club. Keelboats include International Etchells, International One Design (IOD), J 24, and J105, which will sail on the Great Sound. The dinghy classes - the International 505's, Snipes, Comets and Lasers - will sail just south of the Spanish Point Boat Club.
In 2004, Bacardi and RBYC host 6 Snipes, 10 Comets, 18 Lasers, 5 505s, 11 J-24, 13 IOD, 10 Etchells, 6 J-105 for a total of 79. This is up 17 from 2003. Skippers and crews represent the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
Racing starts at 1100hrs on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Bacardi Gras Celebration on Race Week 'Bat Tuesday' leads into a 'no racing' or a 'spare' day Wednesday, just right to enjoy the sights of Bermuda. The Prizegiving Party at RBYC concludes Race Week on Friday the 30 of April.
Inaugurated by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in 1952, Bermuda's International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bacardi has become an established international yachting fixture each spring - attracting top skippers from many countries. All classes with an active local racing program in Bermuda may invite international sailors to participate in Bermuda International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bacardi. International participation is required for a fleet to compete.