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It’s Mardi Gras and Bacardi Cup time again!

Royal Cork Yacht Club member Peter O’Leary and Rodney Hagebols (Australia) will compete in the 86th edition of the International Star Class Bacardi Cup sailing “Spiced Beef”. Interestingly Rodney Hagebols sailed with Nicholas O’Leary in his first outing  in the 2012 Bacardi Cup where they achieved a very creditable eleventh placing. For the last three editions Peter has placed second in this hugely prestigious competition head quartered in the glamorous Coconut Grove and sailed in Biscayne Bay and he carries all our good wishes for the event.

Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2013. Now just a few days before the fourth annual running of BMSW presented by EFG Bank, and all the boxes have been ticked for another standout event. A hot list of competitors, great race management and the impossible-to-top winter sailing destination of Biscayne Bay combine with the hospitality BMSW is known for to put on an outstanding event for one-design sailors from 13 nations who will compete in five classes (Audi Melges 20, Melges 24, Star, Viper 640 and J/70) from March 3-9, 2013.

Headlining the week-long regatta, headquartered in Coconut Grove, is the 86th Bacardi Cup. Among the 62 Star teams registered are some of the storied class’s most noteable. Leading the lineup are 2012 Star World Champions Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (France), who are also the Bacardi Cup defending champions. They will face, among others, 1992 Finn Silver medalist Brian Ledbetter (Medina, Wash.) who has teamed with Canadian 2012 Olympian Tyler Bjorn; 2009 Star World Champion George Szabo (San Diego) sailing with Miami’s Magnus Liljedahl, the 2000 world champion and Olympic Gold Medalist; two-time (’08, ’12) Olympian Peter O’Leary (Ireland) with Rodney Hagebols (Australia); Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.); and two-time (’88, ’96) Tornado Olympic Medalist Lars Grael (Rio de Janeiro, BRA).

Racing for the Star class gets underway on Monday, March 4. Starting on Thursday, March 7, the Stars will be joined on Biscayne Bay by sailors in the Viper 640, Audi Melges 20, and Melges 24 classes, along with the J/70 class which makes its event debut. Racing, for all classes, will conclude on Saturday, March 10.

There is nothing like the intense competition between the International Star Class sailors renowned the sailing world over for their unrivalled prowess and top notch intense competition and we hope to bring you the racing news as it comes.

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