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3 March 2009, 12:26 pm
Bacardi Cup Countdown Begins
Racing at the 2008 Bacardi Cup
Racing at the 2008 Bacardi Cup

Bacardi Cup 2009
Miami, Florida, USA

With one week to go before the 2009 Bacardi Cup Star Class regatta, Olympic medallists, World Champions and three past winners feature amongst the 59 teams from 27 countries registered for entry.
The fleet for the 2009 Bacardi Cup is peppered with 11 Olympians, including several gold and silver medallists, two Star World Champions, and three BACARDI Cup champions.

What started out in 1927 as a three-day event with less than 10 boats in Havana, Cuba, the Bacardi Cup now attracts the best sailors in the world each year and remains one of the few sporting events anywhere in which weekend enthusiasts have the opportunity to compete head to head with Olympian and World Champion athletes.

"There's simply no race quite like the Bacardi Cup," said Eddie CUTILLAS, event chairman. "It's this opportunity for seasoned amateurs to test their skills against the world's most accomplished sailors that makes the Bacardi Cup so special," he said.

This year's teams have come from USA, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, Austria, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Bermuda, Netherlands, Bermuda, Ireland, Great Britain and Canada to battle the unpredictable waters of Miami's Biscayne Bay for the prestigious Trofeo Bacardi.

This six-day race series sails from Sunday 8 March through to Friday 13 March. It is co-hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club and the U.S. Sailing Center, both based in Coconut Grove, and sponsored in full by BACARDI U.S.A., Inc.

All participants in the BACARDI Cup compete aboard 22-foot Star class sloops. Race teams comprise two members: a skipper and crew. Participants sail one race per day from Sunday through to Friday on an approximately 10.5-mile course in Biscayne Bay. The six daily races of the Cup will each proclaim a winner, with the overall top winning team demonstrating the best performance in five of these six races.

Follow the action at www.BacardiCup.com where daily photos, video, articles and results will be posted.
Janet Maizner
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