BACARDI Sailing Week Newsletter

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4 February 2011

Dear Sailors and Friends,

It’s time for a Newsletter update on the upcoming BACARDI Miami Sailing Week event Presented by EFG Bank, which is now less than 33 days away. First and foremost allow me to remind sailors that the discounted entry rate fee will expire on February 7th; join the over 90 boats that entered already. NOR, entry list and registration is just one click away: REGISTER NOW! Also available an updated SCHEDULE of events.

BSW Skipper Bags

For the 2011 BSW program we created, in collaboration with our technical partner SLAM, a brand new line of items that will be made available at registration.  For all others, SLAM will have extra on sale at the point of sale tent inside the BACARDI village.  Hereunder a quick preview of the back packs and hats.

Announcing the2011 Art Exhibit

A special weeklong art exhibit is inviting BMSW participants and visitors to three original exhibits:  “The Sails of Franco Pace” by celebrated photographer Franco Pace, a celebration of “100 Years of the Star Boat” and a display of Miami based, pop artist, Stephen Gamson. The North Hall of the Convention Center in Coconut Grove will be divided in three main areas where the artists will be able to display their art.  The exhibition is open to the public daily between noon and 7:00PM and will be free of charge.

Unveiling the Official Poster

Miami based pop artist Steve Gamson and Event Chair Gabriele Pedone electronically unveil the 2011 BACARDI Sailing Week Presented by EFG Bank Official Poster.  “I loved idea of being involved in sailing and Bacardi Sailing Week” says Stephen Gamson.  “The contrast between the boats and the water are very inspiring to me. I feel like being associated with the event will enable me to define the vibrant and exciting life style that this city has to offer.” The original design, printed on canvass, will be auctioned during the event to benefit a local charitable organization.

West Marine is back!

Allow me to welcome back West Marine, the world’s largest boating supply retailer, as an official sponsor of BACARDI Sailing Week Presented by EFG Bank. The Miami store is located minutes from Coconut Grove on US 1 at 3635 South Dixie Hwy – Phone (305) 444-5520 and they will be able to assist you for any needs you might have during or prior to the event. www.westmarine.com

North Sails is also back!

The partnership between BSW and North Sails will continue in 2011 for both BACARDI events.  We are grateful to North SailS for their support; with many events to choose from we’re delighted to be able to work with them again in 2011.  Vince Brun promised a surprise gift therefore be on the lookout during registration! For any sail needs make sure you contact them via phone or e-mail.

Barton & Gray joins BSW

Please help me welcome Barton & Gray Mariners Club as an official sponsor of BSW. Barton & Gray Mariners Club is the world’s first and finest luxury dayboating club. Membership with the Club grants you access to our fleet of captained Hinckley yachts along the eastern coast of the United States. Additional information are available at www.bartonandgray.com

Yachting Times Magazine

YTM joins BSW as a new Media Partner. YTM is America’s first bilingual boating magazine available in both print and electronic format. The spring 2011 issue is now available and I’m sure you will enjoy the feature article on our own event.

Go Green Auto Rally

BSW is proud to partner with Go Green Auto Rally and the City of Miami.  GGAR teaches drivers to reduce their carbon footprint, significantly reduce their fuel consumption and increase safety behind the wheel of their own vehicles – no matter what they drive.  GGAR offer hands on, real world driving instruction to teach drivers sustainable, ‘Green Driving’ principles through driving behavior modification and the use of the latest mobile technology providing real-time electronic feedback from GGAR’s smartphone application. Join GGAR during Miami Sailing Week on March 10, 2011 for the first of a three day “festival” of activities including: eco driving workshops, teen driving class and university challenge, a corporate training workshop and challenge as well as a display zone for eco friendly cars, ride & drive and automotive green products. Learn more at www.gogreenautorally.com, call 1-866-GO-GREEN (1-866.414.6473) or check GGAR out on twitter and facebook.  Go Green Auto Rally – Drive green because you can!