MIAMI, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking forward to warm weather and great sailing conditions, 175+ one-design sailing boats from 16 foreign nations will travel to Coconut Grove to compete in the 89th Bacardi Cup and the 7th BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG. The event begins on Monday, March 7, with the racing of the Bacardi Cup for the Star Class, and then on Thursday, March 10, the J/70, Viper-640, VX-One and A-Cat classes will join the 7th BMSW, which all continue until Saturday, March 12.
The Star Class, consisting of 70+ entrants, will compete in the highly competitive Bacardi Cup. Returning to defend their back-to-back title is duo Lars Grael and Samuel Gonçalves (BRA), who with a 2-point lead over the team of Jorge Joao Zarif and Bruno Prada (BRA), and a 7-point lead over U.S. sailors Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahl.
The J/70 Fleet continues to be the second largest class of BMSW with 40+ boats. Two of the top 3 finishers from last year's event, Julian Fernandez Neckelmann from Mexico and Carlo Alberini from Italy, will be present at this year's event to fight for the top position following a first and a second place in 2015 World Championship.
With 30 boats registered, the Viper 640's are competing not only for the BMSW title, but also in their final event of the EFG Pan-American Championship.
Returning for their 3rd appearance at BMSW is the VX One, racing this year with 20 entrants. Last year's BMSW winner, John Potter will have to work hard to defend his title.
Making their first appearance in the BMSW is the A-Cat catamaran class, which is coming to Miami with a great enthusiasm.
BMSW is not only for the competition, but also the charity aspect of sailing, which is demonstrated in the 4th Pro-Am Regatta and Gala, both benefiting Shake-A-Leg Miami, Team Paradise and Sailing Heals.
Two special art exhibits, "Yesteryear Boatbuilding" and "Offshore" will be on display at CocoWalk and open everyday. In the "Pipistrello Workshop", with the support of Wooden Boat Magazine, boat builder George Krewson will build a Shellback sailboat in one-week time while Italian artist Roberto Fiorentino will exhibit sailing inspired paintings.