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Sailors get ready for annual battle on Biscayne Bay

Star-class boats race on Biscayne Bay during the 2014 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week.
Star-class boats race on Biscayne Bay during the 2014 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week. Miami Herald Staff

Sailors from around the globe take over the Coconut Grove waterfront and Biscayne Bay this week in the sixth annual Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank.

The marquee event is the 88th running of the Bacardi Cup for Star sailors Monday through Saturday. Then Thursday through Saturday, four other one-design classes — Viper 640, J/70, VX One and the new M32 catamaran — will join the Stars on the bay.

Regatta chairman Mark Pincus predicts this year’s event will be the biggest yet with a combined fleet topping 180 boats.

“The Bacardi Sailing Week has done a really good job of bringing more attention to Bacardi and sailing,” Pincus said. “It’s a prestigious event that brings sailors from around the world.”

The two-person Star team with the best score at the conclusion of racing Saturday will get to drink rum from the heavy silver Trofeo Bacardi in ceremonies at the race village in Kennedy Park. Winners of the Viper, J/70, VX One and M32 will receive trophies from their classes.

A Pro-Am regatta will be held Sunday teaming celebrity sailors with locals aboard Sonars and M32s to raise money for three sailing charities.

The public is invited to tour a special “Sailing Dreams” art exhibit all week long at nearby CocoWalk in the Grove.

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