Bacardi Cup: Inside the oldest and most traditional sailing competition
The 3-day event that started with less than 10 boats in 1927, is now the center of attention for more than 200 iconic sailing athletes and international media.
The Bacardi Cup is a competition that started in Havana, Cuba, created by the Bacardi family for athletes of the new class that has emerged - the Star Class. The trophy was part of the Cuban Cup, being characterized as the Mid-Winter Championship.
Over time, the competition grew until it became popular among North Americans. The glory of winning the race has grown so much that, from 1962 onwards, the Bacardi Cup began to be based in Miami, in Biscayne Bay. At that time, the relationship between the World Cup and the ISCRYA (International Star Class Yacht Racing Association) began and the annual meetings, called Class Board Meeting in Miami, were determined.
The companionship and high-level racing were incorporated into the Bacardi Cup, ensuring that the best sailors in the world wished to compete and fans to follow. In addition to the disputes, the event also has the hospitality of the parties promoted by the very drink that gave the championship its name.
Currently, the Bacardi Cup is part of a large format known as Regatta Invitational, which incorporates many classes alongside the Star, such as the J70, Vipers, Flying Tigers and Melges 24. The disputes for these classes are considered festive, but they also have their own awards.
Historically, defending the Brazilian flag, the biggest winners were Lars Grael and Samuel Gonçalves, in the 2014 and 2015 editions.
The competition that took place this year was the 93rd edition of the Cup and brought together at least 130 sailors. The winners were the Polish Mateusz Kusznierewicz and the Brazilian Bruno Prada, with an exemplary performance, winning in advance. They came in front in three of the five races and were second in the rest, one of which was the discard. The rest of the flotilla was balanced and competed for the best place.
The runners-up were Augie Diaz and Allcatrazes athlete Henry Boening, the "Maguila". Besides him, the Allcatrazes team was also represented by Pedro Trouche, who was in fifth place alongside the helmsman Paul Cayard.
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