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Bacardi Cup


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In 1927, one year after the Mid-Winter Silver Star Championship for the Cup of Cuba began, a second series was inaugurated in Havana. The Bacardi family, the makers of Bacardi rum, created the Bacardi series. This series was used as a warm-up for the Mid-Winter's, and of course helped prolonged the reason for staying in Havana, the better to enjoy the freedom of a Prohibition-free environment!

The first winner of the Bacardi Cup was the perennial winner of major regattas, Adrian Iselin with his Ace. He went on to win the regatta three more times: 1933, 1935 and 1936.

This series was interrupted as an annual event three times. The first time was in 1934, then during World War II, from 1943 to 1947. The third time was due to the Cuban revolution in 1957. After the Castro take-over of Cuba the Bacardi family and their business moved to Miami. After a five year hiatus the Bacardi series began again in 1962, now hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club. Over the years this series has become the premier Star event, ranking second only to the World's. In fact, people say that the Bacardi is the World's without all of the red tape.

The Bacardi winners read like a who's who of Star Class greats. While the series was sailed in Havana the names were Iselin, Bedford, Shields, Nye, Pirie, Etchells, Knowles, Lippincott and de Cardenas. When the series began again in Miami the tradition continued: Duplin, Stearns, Buchan, Brun, Reynolds, Schoonmaker and Macdonald.

YEAR BOAT SKIPPER CREW # OF BOATS LOCATION FLEET
1927 202 Adrian Iselin II Ed Willis 13 Havana WLIS
1928 510 R. Robinson D. Robinson 9 Havana PGB
1929 333 Fred Bedford Brigs Cunningham 9 Havana CLIS
1930 499 W.F. Teves - 24 Havana WLIS
1931 388 Carlos de Cardenas - - Havana BdeH
1932 700 David Atwater Charles Lawton 16 Havana NB
1933 202 Adrian Iselin II Elwood White 18 Havana WLIS
1934 - not sailed - -
1935 202 Adrian Iselin II Sr. Carricabura 13 Havana WLIS
1936 202 Adrian Iselin II Elwood White 14 Havana WLIS
1937 1367 Paul Shields Corny Shields 19 Havana PGB
1938 1563 Harry Nye - 14 Havana SLM
1939 1310 Paul Smart - 17 Havana CLIS
1940 1563 Harry Nye - 14 Havana SLM
1941 1563 Harry Nye - 13 Havana SLM
1942 1902 Alfred de Marigny - 6 Havana N
1948 1961 Woodie Pirie Sam Pirie 11 Havana WH
1949 1961 Woodie Pirie F.S. Dixon 12 Havana WH
1950 2125 Skip Etchells Mary Etchells 15 Havana WLIS
1951 2967 Durward Knowles Ding Schoonmaker 26 Havana N
1952 3081 Robert Lippincott Bob Levine 22 Havana WJ
1953 3167 Ding Schoonmaker Donald Pritchard 25 Havana N
1954 2934 Alberto Reyes Jose de la Campa 28 Havana FdeH
1955 3076 Jorge de Cardenas Alvaro de Cadenas 15 Havana Mar
1959 3076 Alvaro de Cardenas Jorge de Cardenas 22 Havana Mar
1962 4305 Basil Kelly David Kelley 20 Miami CoH
1963 4589 Howard Lippincott Herb Hild 31 Miami ES
1964 4207 Ding Schoonmaker Asa Colson 22 Miami BisB
1965 4459 Read Ruggles David Dickey 24 Miami BisB
1966 5012 Joe Duplin Rodney Long 30 Miami BH
1967 5271 Richard Stearns Lynn Williams 26 Miami WH
1968 5271 Richard Stearns Lynn Williams 32 Miami WH
1969 4621 Frank Zagarino Gould Ryder 38 Miami BisB
1970 5407 Ding Schoonmaker Joerg Bruder 39 Miami BisB
1971 5407 Ding Schoonmaker Joerg Bruder 49 Miami BisB
1972 5524 Read Ruggles David Dickey 45 Miami BisB
1973 5660 Bill Buchan Craig Thomas 57 Miami PS
1974 5607 Ding Schoonmaker Jerry Ford 30 Miami BisB
1975 5681 Peter Wright William Wright 43 Miami SLM
1976 5607 Ding Schoonmaker Jerry Ford 63 Miami BisB
1977 5607 Ding Schoonmaker Chris Rogers 58 Miami BisB
1978 5681 Peter Wright Todd Cozzens 82 Miami SLM
1979 6042 Bill Buchan Douglas Knight 54 Miami PS
1980 6560 Bill Buchan Douglas Knight 47 Miami PS
1981 6680 Vince Brun Todd Cozzens 66 Miami SDB
1982 6680 Vince Brun Randy MacLaren 70 Miami SDB
1983 6910 Andy Menkart James Kavle 75 Miami WS
1984 6464 Mark Reynolds Chris Gould 68 Miami SDB
1985 6921 Vince Brun Bob Billingham 64 Miami SDB
1986 7209 Vince Brun Hugo Schreiner 63 Miami SDB
1987 7209 Vince Brun Hugo Schreiner 68 Miami SDB
1988 7101 Ed Adams Tom Olsen 52 Miami NB
1989 7288 Mark Reynolds Hal Haenel 53 Miami SDB
1990 7460 Mark Reynolds Hal Haenel 68 Miami SDB
1991 7302 Ed Adams George Iverson 66 Miami NB
1992 7460 Mark Reynolds Hal Haenel 65 Miami SDB
1993 7602 Peter Wright Greg Cook 53 Miami SLM
1994 7737 Ross MacDonald Bruce MacDonald 65 Miami EB
1995 7737 Ross MacDonald Kai Bjorn 97 Miami EB
1996 7836 Vince Brun Magnus Liljedahl 79 Miami SDB
1997 7828 Mark Reynolds Magnus Liljedahl 63 Miami SDB
1998 7828 Mark Reynolds Magnus Liljedahl 66 Miami SDB
1999 7838 Ross MadConald Kai Bjorn 94 Miami EB
2000 7838 Ross MacDonald Kai Bjorn 94 Miami EB
2001 7988 Peter Bromby Martin Siese 76 Miami BER
2002 8067 Mark Reynolds Magnus Liljedahl 32 Miami SDB
2003 7899 Peter Bromby Martin Siese 112 Miami BER
2004 8145 Afonso Domingos Bernardo Santos 92 Miami POR
2005 8147 Mark Mendelblatt Mark Strube 69 Miami TaB
2006 8230 John Dane Austin Sperry 92 Miami MoB
2007 8187 Hamish Pepper David Giles 75 Miami Isol
2008 8309 Afondo Domingos Bernardo Santos 114 Miami POR
2009 8272 Peter Bromby Magnus Liljedahl 64 Miami Isol
2010 8362 Rick Merriman Phil Trinter 84 Miami LH
2011 8270 Guillame Florent Pascal Rambeau 90 Miami VF
2012 8237 Xavier Rohart Pierre Alexis Ponsot 62 Miami Ni
2013 8177 Mark Mendelblatt Brian Fatih 57 Miami TaB
2014 8474 Lars Grael Samuel Goncalves 55 Miami Par
2015 8474 Lars Grael Samuel Goncalves 57 Miami Par
2016 8340 Robert Stanjek Frithjof Kleen 68 Miami BF
2017 8481 Mark Mendelblatt Magnus Liljedahl 69 Miami TaB
2018 8533 Diego Negri Sergio Lambertenghi 73 Miami VE