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  1. Polk- storing the outboard is done by virtually all boats by placing them in protective bags, then placing it on one side of keel. Place gas or in case of electric outboard no the other side of keel. - Stu J
  2. The 49th edition of the Big Boat Series will feature the debut of J/70's sailing in front of the St Francis YC this year. This is an exciting development for the J/70 class! For the first race of each day J/70's will start off the StFYC Race Desk and sail up and down the city front. For the second race the fleet will start off of the new starting line immediately west of Alcatraz Island and sail to a windward mark that could take them outside the bridge depending on conditions or to marks set just inside the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge near the famous Blackaller Buoy. Coolest thing of all? The J/70's will have a rip-roaring downwind finish in front of the StFYC club each day! If you've been watching the America's Cup 72's flying down the waterfront, imagine doing that in a J/70 in 15-25 kts of breeze each day! More fun than a "barreul full of monkeys"! We anticipate 10 boats for their first sanctioned J/70 One-Design Regatta on San Francisco Bay. Learn more about this exciting event here- http://www.rolexbigboatseries.com/
  3. Some awesome J/70 Monte Carlo / Primo Cup shots from the maestro in yachting and sailboat photography- Carlo Borlenghi from Italy
  4. Looks like this event will have a good turnout. Over 40 boats signed up to date. Working on logistics with Randy Draftz and hope the J/70s can have the far SSW course up against the shore. Keep the J/22s, J/24s, J/80s off Charleston waterfront and M20s and 24s off Fort Sumter in max current/ sandbars.
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    Bacardi Miami

    The Bacardi gang/ marketing crew and Mark Pincus are pulling out all the stops to make this a fun event. For those of you who can still make it, a very, very worthwhile stop. For one, you've got some of the world's best sailors showing up in the Star class-- MANY of them are considering getting J/70s, some already have, like Peter Vessella and some others. If you have any questions, call Mark at Coral Reef YC- or cell # 305-858-5769. Email- mwpincus@aol.com.
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    St Pete Nood

    Nearly 20 boats! Competition will prove to be close and very tactical. All very good teams. New teams of about 8 boats. About 10 boats sailed Key West. Great teams sailing. Nice opportunity in one small place to exchange ideas, too! St Pete is awesome and pray for good weather!
  7. Look for some interesting developments at St Pete NOOD. Have Mark Ploch (Doyle Sails), Colling (Ullman) and Welles/ Healy (North) and Quantum pushing the envelope still further.
  8. Basic observations from Key West: Rake- 4'6" to 4'9". No consensus yet. Learning curves steep enough that even in pre-regatta tuning setups it was indeterminate. Weight- ranged from 555 to 750. Light airs, 575 was fast-- e.g. Dave Ullman and Tom Lihan. Heavy air- 750 had minimal advantage upwind, definitely slow downwind, especially marginal planing. Most boats in the 600 to 700 range. MUSE sailed at 615 lbs felt NO disadvantage upwind in winds ranging from 6 kts to 23 kts. Downwind, felt the fastest three boats were SAVASANA, the Finkles, MUSE-- mostly technique. Rig tension: Monday- 6-10 kts-- boats all over the map- U-17/ L- 2" slack up to U-25/ L-15. Tue-Thu- 10-23 kts- more boats closer- generally U-25/ L-20. Fri- 10-15 kts- seemed many dropped off a turn or two, uppers/ lowers. U-22/ L-17 Upwind sail trim: Main- boom on center, traveler to weather all the time in lighter airs. As wind increased to 13+kts, vang sheet, use mainsheet to ease off centerline. Sail with twist, could point higher and maintain speed. Outhaul- foot touching boom. Main trim- 1st big batten- parallel to boom. Jib- basic stuff- even breaks up to 13-15+kts, then move lead after 3-5 holes on track, tight foot, twisted up leech. Always "inhaul" using wx sheet to cabin. Weight- forward starting from stanchion behind chainplates. Downwind sail trim: Mainsail- twist until battens invert, then snug vang to prevent in "soak mode". In plane mode, trim boom about 45 degrees, then use vang as "throttle". Vang- once planing, must play vang for waves/ puffs to sail a "low planing mode". Most boats had tendency to sail too high. "Soak mode"- weight forward, skipper next to winch. Other crew up by cabin. "Planing mode"- if marginal, 2 people forward of winch, then if full planing then only 1 person forward fo winch-- all others aft. Many boats sailed with weight too far aft, drags the transom. Jib- always furled in "soak mode", always out and trim to waves/puffs in "planing mode"-- coordinate with vang on/off.
  9. Peter Pan lives and sails in Sweden? Flying all over the place magically happens to be one of those things that Peter Gustafsson and buddies do well with their BLUR Sailing Team. While Peter G may not have the magic wand, certainly he and his crew have the gift and passion for sailing anytime, anywhere and make the most fun of it! Their most recent most excellent adventure happened to be the delivery of the first J/70 to Sweden. Imagine the circumstance. Middle of the winter next to the Arctic Circle. Sunny. Gentle breeze. Snow on the rocks, next to the tide-line! OK, so it's really cold. But, like their Viking brethren, it's yet another excuse to go sailing-- sunny with breeze! And, so they did. The first J/70 into Sweden experienced winter sailing in that gorgeous, exotic, magnificent summer paradise the worlds knows as just "Marstrand". The BLUR Sailing Team comprised of Magnus Hansson, Patrik Måneskiöld and Peter Gustafsson took the 70 for a spin-- why not!? Here's their report: "The first J/70 came to Sweden a week ago and we were of course a bit eager to try it! The crew were looking a little skeptical about this when I picked them up in the city, but after a lunch at Marstrand's Havshotell there was no doubt left we'd go sailing- 2-3 m/s, -3C and the sun peeked out-- yes, it was actually quite pleasant. The boat is one of three that are sold to Stenungsund. A little funny that the largest M24 fleet now will be joined by Sweden's first J/70 fleet. New owners stood on the dock and looked a bit jealous when we set out. I hope they got to sail the boat this weekend. I brought Magnus Hansson and Patrick Moon Skiöld that normally sail with me on J/111 BLUR. Magnus also sails the M24 and it was so very interesting to get his input on the differences. Patrick is an old match racing sailor, so he has also seen a number of boats over the years. Read the rest of Peter's perspectives and commentary here on the BLUR.SE blog (always entertaining!): http://www.blur.se/2013/01/19/j70-vintersegling/ J/70 Marstrand Sweden Sailing video http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151229407714716 J/70 Marstrand Sweden Facebook sailing album http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151446221390677.437829.66798180676&type=3
  10. Long-time J/Sailing Veteran, J/Dealer and leader at RCR Yachts enjoyed his first J/70 regatta with his son Tim and friend Morgan Paxhia-- it was a family affair. Sunday, January 19 "When the editor asked me to write a blog for Quantum Key West Race Week, he failed to tell me that the other storytellers he chose were Jonathan McKee and Steve Hunt. I’m not sure I would have agreed to do this if I knew I was in such accomplished company. But even 'ham-and-eggers' like me have stories, so here we go. Quantum Key West 2013 started for Team Junior last Monday as my wife Heather and I pulled out of Youngstown, N.Y. (near Niagara Falls) with our J/70 in tow. So began a three-day drive, which was enjoyable for me but less so for her. The fog in the mountains of the Appalachians made for some hairy driving conditions. Plus, I had no idea there were so many 18-wheelers on the roads. We passed a couple of them in the ditch, which was even less reassuring to Heather…. One of the reasons for my downsizing from my 36-footer to the J/70 was the ability to travel more easily. My favorite part of sailing is doing travel regattas. To that end I wanted to tow down and back myself for the experience. We had already done that in November to Annapolis for the Fall Brawl Regatta, but that was only a one-day trip. Key West is a much bigger deal, but so far, it’s been well worth the trip--- Another reason I moved into the J/70 was so that I could sail with younger people, especially my family, who frankly have more fun on a sportboat. I’m 65 years old, and I’ve always sailed with multiple generations on our boats. I find sailing with younger people gives me energy. I’m clearly the weak link on our crew this week, but that is OK, the boys seem happy to put up with me-- at least so far. Our youngest son Tim is the trimmer. His long-time friend Morgan Paxhia, who is family to us, is our driver. These two started sailing against each other in the Youngstown YC junior sailing program when they were about 10 years old and have been school classmates, buddies, and sailing friends for 20 years. Morgan went off to sail in college at the University of Rhode Island, and Tim went to Connecticut College where he played hockey and lacrosse. The three of us sailed together on the J/70 in Annapolis in November and had a ball, but figured we'd be light for Quantum Key West so Morgan tabbed his former teammate from URI, Joey Mello, to be our fourth. Joey has been heavily involved in the 'Ninkasi' Melges 20 and Melges 32 programs. He’s our tactician, and that leaves me with the all-important tasks of passing up water and sandwiches, helping on the hoist and douse, making sure the Velocitek has batteries, and so forth. It all worked well on the practice day, now we get to see how we do when the fur starts to fly in earnest!" Read on here on the Sailing World blogs: http://www.sailingworld.com/blogs/racing/the-finkle-files
  11. Sailing World Editor Dave Reed was embedded with Tim Healy's J/70 HELLY HANSEN for an insider's look into the class's first major event. Here are some excerpts: Sunday, January 20- The Beginning of Time "Tim Healy, John Mollicone, Geoff Becker. These guys are what you’d call 'The Starting Three'. As J/24 champions many times over, they know what they’re doing. Together, they’d be pretty darn close to an ideal combined weight for the J/70 class, rumored to be around 600 pounds or so, but no one really knows. Then there’s myself. Over the next five days of racing I could either be the extra (excess) weight in this program, or just the right difference when, and if, it gets really windy. I’m OK with being an extra set of hands and a little more righting moment. I’ve got one of the best seats in the house. It’s all new, this J/70 thing. Most of the teams in the fleet are still assembling boats, sailing them for the first time, and debating over headstay length, rake, and whether to race with three up or four up, and then where to put them and who does what. In the fleet of nearly 40, the talent and crew combinations are all over the map. Where there’s a few big guys, there’s a petite fourth. There are big-three Etchells-type teams, and plenty of foursomes." Friday, January 25- The End of Time "The Final Four- A week ago, as you may recall (if not, see above), I joined 'The Starting Three' in Key West, full of uncertainties. A new boat, a new team, zero practice days, and a lot to figure out: who does what, who sits where, what’s the right headstay length, and on and on. Our first two starts were terrible, and in light winds, comebacks don’t happen easily. That’s where the double-digit points came in. The next day, we went 3,3,1. 'The Tim Healy' (as labeled on his recyclable metal water bottle on the boat), shook off whatever it was that was occupying his mind, and started like the expert he is. After winning the last race of the day, he joked with a wry smile, “Well, at least I know I don’t suck.” Read more about Dave's adventures being the "cog in the wheel" on what is, at least for the moment, one of the world's fastest J/70s: http://www.sailingworld.com/blogs/racing/musical-chairs See Facebook sailing video for good downwind sailing technique on Tim's boat here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4732758151773&set=vb.44471546672&type=2&theater
  12. Way, way Down Under, it's true all the "ex-convicts" are having a lot of fun in life, work hard/ play hard, love water-sports and, more importantly, love sailing! The first J/70s have arrived in Sydney and the atmosphere surrounding the boat is simply electric. As savvy sailors, Aussies know a thing or two about performance boats and, especially, sportboats. After all, it's the home of the famous "Ate-teen"- e.g. the current 18-foot dinghy with three people on carbon racks sailing a carbon boat with carbon rig with carbon shrouds with carbon rudder with carbon centerboard with carbon sails with carbon battens and a cloud of sail. Cool stuff, very cutting-edge- the Editor and his brother have sailed them and "I-14's" and loved them. That said, it's nice to hear the J/70's debut in the recent Australia Day Regatta (Jan 26th) was a lot of fun. Here's the account of that experience from Ray & Sandra Entwistle: "Sandra had a great day on the harbour and a Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Australia Day regatta to remember. It was the first regatta for our new J/70, the first one into Australia. We were placed in Division 2 against much bigger boats. The competitive fleet consisted of Beneteau 35s, J/35s, Etchells 22s, Northshore 370, Bavaria 38 Match, Hick 32, GP26, Flying Tigers, Alerion 33 and a Thompson 7, to mention a few. It was a 20 -25 knot nor’easter and the harbour was very busy and choppy with all the Australia Day traffic. After a 2.2 mile beat up to Obelisk Bay and then a two sail close reach across the harbour to Lady Bay, we were pleased with our J/70s upwind performance and the way it was dealing with the waves and slicing through the chop. We even managed to get through the very well sailed Thompson 7 upwind, the Alerion 33 and a few others. At Lady Bay we popped the spinnaker to go back down the harbour to Nielson Park. Blast off!! The J/70 took off planing instantaneously as soon as the spinnaker filled. We started raking in more of the fleet and rounded Neilson Park with a few more boats behind us on the water. Again we held our own on the beat back up the harbour to Obelisk Bay on the western shore. From Obelisk the second time around was a broad reach into Rose Bay, kite up and wooosh the J/70 exploded into 16 and 17 knot bursts and the crew were elated and astounded at how easy the J/70 was to sail even at these crazy speeds. We passed another group of much bigger boats in our division, waves and ‘thumbs up’ signs from competitors and other boats as the J/70 did her thing down the harbour with spray and wave-skipping becoming the norm as the J/70 kissed speeds in the high teens. We managed to fly the spinnaker further than most into Rose Bay and were the first to hoist again after the gybe on a tight spinnaker reach between Rose Bay and Shark Island. We knew once the speed came on we could sail higher at maximum velocity as the apparent wind comes around and that’s exactly what happened. The J/70 was absolutely flying, we were passing more boats in our division through a blur of spray and weaving through everything else in the busy Australia Day regatta. We knew we had done well as we went through the line just a few seconds behind the big Bavaria 38 Match and one of the J/35s. After reading all about the fun the 39 x J/70 s were having in Key West this week it was a great feeling to join the excitement and go out in our first real regatta and win with 4 minutes to spare on handicap and finish an incredible 3rd on scratch against so many well sailed big boats in a choppy seaway. Many thanks to our crew Peta and Ian who had a thrill sailing the J/70 for the first time. We have more J/70’s arriving this week and all are looking forward to some class racing soon – come and join the fun and see for yourself why this is the fastest growing sportsboat in the world today! To learn more about the J/70, please contact Ray at Yachtspot in Australia- Ph +612 9449 4976 or email- info@yachtspot.com.au
  13. "It felt like 1978 all over again – debuting a new class in Key West with top sailors and family teams from around the country participating. This time, 35 years later, it was the J/70 capturing the headlines, blogs, and video feeds beaming around the planet, though the J/24 was never far from mind. At almost every turn, there was a J/24 champion from one of the past four decades walking by on the dock admiring the J/70, including several who happened to sail in that famous 1978 J/24 Midwinters like Mark Ploch, Bryson Hall, Dave Ullman and Bill Shore," said Jeff J. Then, there were the "new kids on the block", like past J/35 North American Champion Bob Hughes and J/80 champions Bruno Pasquinelli keeping the fleet "honest" as to who knew how to sail sportsboats fast. Most teams arrived over the weekend and all launching and hauling took place at the Truman Annex (former US Navy base) facility equipped with a super wide launching ramp (can launch three boats at a time) and two "cherry picker" hoists (bless, those guys) that tossed in/hoisted a boat every 5 minutes. The industry showed up in force with about half a dozen rigging trucks, and suppliers like Southern Spars, Harken, Marlow, Torqeedo and the top sailmakers all on hand to support the owners. Chris and Julie Howell, the new administrators of the J/70 Class had their RV onsite all week helping get folks registered for the class and equipped with member stickers and royalty tags. Saturday evening was a J/70 owner's reception at Kelly’s (Race HQ) where Chris and Julie and the founding group of J/70 Class officers were introduced to the sailors. Racing was fantastic with 12 races in 5 days, including two 3-race days. The first gun wasn’t until 11:30am and the fleet was usually dockside by 4. Half the boats dry-sailed out of the Annex and the others wet-sailed. Once people got into the rhythm of hauling and launching every day the dry-sailing went very smoothly and most thought they’d do the same again next year. The J/70 program was by far the most affordable ever done at Key West and a big reason so many KW veterans came back this year. It was also the first time in years the event permitted a boat under 24’ to compete, a nice testimony to the confidence the organizers had in the ability of the boat to handle whatever Key West dished out for weather conditions. As Craig Leweck, of Scuttlebutt fame, pointed out, "it's the right boat at the right time. When nearly a third of the boats in Key West are competing in one class, and when that class is a one-design boat that has yet to celebrate its first birthday, the question that we ask is---what gives? Already the magazines have heaped praise on the boat: Sailing World - Boat of the Year SAIL - Best Boat - Performance 30ft & under Yachts & Yachting - Boat of the Year - Performance Boat under 30ft BOOT Dusseldorf- European Yacht of the Year- Special Category "The Key West J/70 fleet will represent about 1/3 of U.S. built J/70s to date," explained J/Boats' President Jeff Johnstone. "A Key West debut was a natural. Several owners competing had expressed their interest early on that it would be great to get 'back' to Key West in a smaller, more affordable program. There's also a portion of the fleet that are experiencing the event for the first time. This is all a bit of flashback when you consider that Key West is where the J/24 kicked off its first class event back in 1978. And in fact some familiar faces like Mark Ploch and Dave Ullman, who raced in the first J/24 Midwinters, are competing in the J/70 class this week." The extraordinary growth of the J/70 class is a testament to the marketing ability of J Boats. "It's really exciting to see a class that has only been around for four months become the largest one design class at Key West RW by almost double,” said David Ullman, President of Ullman Sails International. "I jumped at the opportunity to sail in the class because it'll be the starting block for a new and potentially big one design class, which is exciting to be a part of. Plus, the popularity of the boat has attracted a field of first rate competition." What could be most interesting is not only who wins, but how did they win. "Most of the one design sailmakers will be there to see how well they have done with sail development and getting the most performance out of the boat," noted Jud Smith of Doyle Sails. "It will be interesting to see which teams and sail designs find themselves on the podium on Friday. The crew weights will be different among many of the teams and that may turn out to be a big factor depending on conditions during the week." J/70 was the largest class at Quantum Key West 2013 with 39 boats and the boat was showcased with some spectacular racing. North Sails pro Tim Healy and his experienced team on HELLY HANSEN seized the lead on Thursday then held it by winning both races on Friday, which featured 14-16 knot winds. Geoff Becker (tactician), John Mollicone (trimmer) and Dave Reed (foredeck) comprised the crew on HELLY HANSEN. "It was really fun to figure out how to sail the boat. Right up to the last race we were working on tuning and experimenting with techniques," said Healy, a J/24 World Champion who was making his J/70 debut. "We went out early every morning and tinkered with sail trim and rig tune. We made progress every day and the crew worked very hard at fine-tuning every maneuver." After a slow start the first day, Healy's team took a top 15 position with a 23-14 after the first day of sailing and simply worked harder than anybody to put together ten straight races mostly in the top three, winning five of them. It was an impressive debut for a long-time J/24 sailor, especially since this was Tim's first "sportboat" event, learning the ropes on the fly especially downwind on how to simply sail faster. Everyone else was right there with him on steep, steep learning curves figuring out how to start, how to round marks with their newfound crew members and how to get going fast upwind and downwind in the planing conditions the fleet saw for four of the five days. Chasing Healy all week was past Key West J/105 and J/80 Champion, Brian Keane on his renowned SAVASANA. Like Healy, he also had a slow start out of the blocks on the first day, posting an equally impressive 15-25, a near mirror image of Healey's first day exploits. Gotta love it, eh? However, loving the breezier conditions as Keane often does (former College Single-handed Champion in Lasers, too), he and the SAVASANA crew took off and posted nine top 5 results! Behind them from Ft Worth Boat Club in Texas was the team of Loring/ Pasquinelli sailing STAMPEDE who also shared a similar pattern to the other two leaders. Starting off the first day with a blistering 18-33, the STAMPEDE boys shook off the cobwebs and sailed to mostly top 5 finishes for the next ten races to snag third for the regatta. Rounding out the top five were Peter Duncan and Juddie Smith sailing RELATIVE OBSCURITY finishing 4th and first day leader, Dave Ullman and Tommie Lihan, sailing TEAM 69 to fifth overall. Notably, class newcomer Bob Hughes (of J/35 and Farr 40 Heartbreaker fame) sailed his J/70 HEARTBREAKER to sixth place, just 6 pts out of 4th overall, the difference unfortunately being an OCS and RDG that materially affected his chances for a top three finish. For the first time, a Corinthian Class was also sailed for by the purely amateur boats and the competition was hot in this grouping. David Franzel (Somerville, MA), Founder and Executive Director of the Boston Sailing Center, captured the Corinthian portion of J/70 class sailing his boat SPRING and finished 8th overall in the main fleet. Just behind him in 9th overall and 2nd in Corinthians was the brother team of Blake & Lud Kimbrough sailing NOSTALGIA from Newport, RI. Finishing third in Corinthians and 14th overall was Bryan Elliott and David Hyer on B-SQUARED. Thanks for the contribution from Craig Leweck/ Scuttlebutt. Sailing World's Dave Reed Interviews of the winners: Tim Healy- http://www.sailingworld.com/videos/all/2013-quantum-key-west-tim-healy-interview Tim's Tricks for boat-prep- http://www.sailingworld.com/videos/all/healys-j70-tips Dave Franzel- http://www.sailingworld.com/videos/all/2013-quantum-key-west-dave-franzel-interview Sailing photo credits: Onne Vanderwal- vanderwal.com Tim Wilkes- timwilkes.com For more J/70 Midwinters/ Quantum Key West sailing information http://www.premiere-racing.com
  14. Perhaps one of the world's best kept secrets is Chester Race Week, held in Chester, Nova Scotia, just a stone's throw away from the bustling metropolis of Halifax. Chester Race Week (scheduled August 14-17, 2013) has been sailing since 1856 and in recent summers has had consistent entries of 130-150 yachts. The regatta is run on three different race courses within the confines of the waters of Mahone Bay, surrounded by beautiful pine-tree covered granite islands dotted throughout the bay. Sailing could not be more convenient, especially since the time to the race course (always a big consideration after a long evening out the night before with friends!) is usually 30 minutes maximum! Plus, Chester Race Week is ranked by SAILING WORLD as one of the TOP TEN events in North America! Not hard to see why, the Nova Scotians are fabulous hosts, making everyone feel at home and go out of their way to ensure everyone is having a good time. Perhaps it's their fishing heritage, but Nova Scotians certainly follow in the grand tradition of working hard in order to play hard! To that end, the J/70s and other J's sailing will have a J/Party, with bands every night of the week! Gosling's Rum and North Sails are sponsored and some guy named "Andreas" is both Entertainment Chief and Regatta PRO-- yes, that person is Sir Josenhans, one of the nicest, most affable guys you'll ever meet. Andreas promises J sailors "postcard perfect sailing conditions", WSW winds 10-15 kts filling in the bay with a spritely 1-2 ft chop, lots of fun and no humidity. Four days of racing are planned with up to three races per day. He says getting there is really simple- just take I-95 north through Maine until it ends, then turn right to Halifax- about 11 hrs from Boston. For those wanting to make it real easy, there may be a flatbed truck (4 J/70’s per truck) service from RI available. Both hoist and ramp launching is available. For some logistics and regatta info, please contact Andreas at andreas@prg.northsails.com or Jim Snair at syb@eastlink.ca or ph# 866-590-9210. For more Chester Race Week sailing info http://www.chesteraceweek.ca
  15. Time to regsiter and have some fun in Miami, The Grove & South Beach! If you didn't get enough of Vitamin D in Key West (or need more), then you absolutely must enjoy one of the most entertaining events on the winter racing calendar, known simply as "The Bacardi", to soak up more of that famous cool winter sun in Florida. First started in Havana, Cuba, "The Bacardi" has grown famous for hosting the International Star class's pre-eminent winter event in the Northern Hemisphere. Recently, the famous trio of clubs in Coconut Grove (Biscayne Bay YC, Coconut Grove SC and Coral Reef YC) have played host to both the Bacardi Cup and the Bacardi Sailing Week, providing fabulous race-course management and gorgeous sailing on the emerald waters of Biscayne Bay. Sailing this year will mark the debut of the J/70 Class-- which recently made a stunning debut in Key West. With winter sailing season in full swing, it's time to take a spin down to Miami's warm, sunny days, with pleasant 10-16 kt sea-breezes and have fun with your family and friends. "The Bacardi" also happens to be one of the most "kid-friendly" venues anywhere, with lots of pools, grass, sailing, exploring, beaches, shopping and Miami Seaquarium to keep the gang busy and having fun! Plus, the international vibe of South Beach can't be beat for dining, music and evening entertainment and you have the "The Grove's" casual, laid-back, campy atmosphere for more sybaritic relaxation-- you actually can have the best of both worlds! So, now is the time to get hopping and register for BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (March 6th- 9th for J/70s)-- close your eyes and start dreaming about being in sunny Miami. Don’t wait any longer! March is around the corner and you want to take advantage of the discounted registration rate until it lasts. For Bacardi Miami Sailing Week sailing and registration information http://www.miamisailingweek.com/