Big Breeze Cancels Opening Day at Bacardi Winter Series

December 16, 2023 - Miami, USA -  The highly anticipated opening day at Bacardi Winter Series 2023/2024, Event No. 1 was called off due to high wind and severe gale warnings. Three races are scheduled on Sunday, December 17.

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The conditions were full on, with the easterly wind averaging 25-30 knots, gusts exceeding 40 knots and no likelihood of a favorable forecast. With an expected continuation of the adverse weather, the Race Committee abandoned any racing on Saturday, prioritizing safety for the J/70 and Melges 24 fleets.

“We expect thunderstorms to come through. I really don’t want to have boats on the water and have a surprise storm come through,” remarked Mark Foster, Principal Race Officer. “So instead of trying to go out and tear some stuff up and take some chances we will stay here.”

Looking optimistically toward Sunday, Foster outlined plans saying, “Tomorrow looks like it is going to moderate and be better. With that in mind, we will try and do three races tomorrow. We will have plenty of time to run three races.”

Mark Pincus, Regatta Chair, added, “It is regrettable we are unable to race, but we take a safety-first approach. With the challenging conditions showing no signs of abating, it was the right thing to make an early call. The weather still looks a little dicey tomorrow morning, but it should clear up by race time. That is the hope.”

Whilst some teams went out training on Biscayne Bay, most stayed ashore. The evening’s social will kick off at 1600 hours with the Bacardi party hosted at Shake-A-Leg Miami, followed by a competitors’ dinner.

Racing is scheduled to start at 1100 hours on Sunday, December 17, 2024. Thanks to Coconut Grove Sailing Club for providing the Race Committee who will be running the racing.

Bacardi Winter Series Event 1 is the first of a three-part series for the J/70 and Melges 24 classes in Miami. Event No. 2 takes place from January 26-28 and culminates at the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, March 6-9, 2024.

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