Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Bacardi Miami Sailing Week – Six nations and a Wildman all set

by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association on 6 Mar 2014
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2014 ©2013 JOY / Int'l Audi Melges 20 Class Association http://melges20.com/
The International Audi Melges 20 Class Association is thrilled to welcome 41 world-class teams to Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2014 (BMSW) celebrating the event as the second largest fleet in attendance.

Representing six nations - Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Japan and the United States, the fleet is fully loaded with the greatest amateur drivers in the world and some of the brightest superstars in the sport of sailing.

One of the coolest stories to emerge this week is the arrival of the youngest helmsman to ever compete in the IAM20CA's open division, and quite possibly the youngest helm present at BMSW as a whole - 10 year-old Liam Kilroy on Wildman. This kid could not possibly be in better hands as multiple world champion Steve Hunt will assist with tactics, while the number one women's match racer in the U.S. and Wisconsin native Stephanie Roble will work the bow. When asked if he was nervous about competing this week, after all it is his very first Audi Melges 20 regatta, the junior Kilroy casually replied 'no, not really.' Roble on the other hand, smiled and was quick to add comment, 'Liam's pretty natural and comfortable at the helm, so it should be a really fun weekend.'

Liam Kilroy is in good company as he is not the only newbie. Dave Daveport will take the helm of Mach Schnell with Annie Haegar and team mate Briana Provancha. Legendary Melges 24 Corinthian Champion Bruce Ayres on Monsoon is reported to be having a blast, Jay Golison is all set to steer It's All Good, and sailing his Audi Melges 20 for the first time ever in U.S. waters is Andrea Pozzi on Bombarda.

In addition to the very chic Bacardi hospitality tent and free flowing rum each afternoon after racing, social events galore are planned for the Melges fleets that include a premium race debrief session and review of the day's racing on Thursday afternoon. To top the whole thing off, Melges USA revs up the party machine on Friday with their famous Melges Rocks party!

After two events Richard Davies' Section 16 aims to defend his 2013 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series (MWS) Champion title. According to the 2014 MWS Ranking after two events, Tony Tabb's Yolo and Russ Lucas' Shimmer are sitting second and third with 195 points each. Lucas is back to play, but Tabb has opted to charter his boat to Ayres.

Three points separate positions two thru six occupied by John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti, Michael Kiss' Bacio and Alessandro Rombelli's Stig. Bacardi marks the final round of racing on the Winter Series circuit. This weekend's racing shall make it all the more interesting.

Racing commences on 6 March, the first of three days. Three races are scheduled.

The 2014 Audi Melges 20 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week event is hosted and proudly supported by Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Melges USA.

Event website: Click here

Related Articles

Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
Barz Optics - Kids rangeNaiad/Oracle SupplierKilwell - 4