November 1, 2023 – Miami, USA – Miami, FL — Building on the resounding success of the inaugural year, Bacardi, in collaboration with the Star Class, is thrilled to announce the return of the Bacardi Cup U30 Program for 2024.
The Bacardi Cup U30 Program, which launched in 2023, is a commitment to nurture the next generation of Star Class sailors. The primary goal of the program is to offer promising young sailors the opportunity to chase their racing dreams at the prestigious Bacardi Cup in Miami, USA. The program extends complimentary entry to the regatta and financial support to cover sailors’ expenses associated with participation, for up to ten teams from around the world.

The U30 Star Class line-up at the 96th Bacardi Cup 

Eddie Cutillas, Bacardi USA, said, “At Bacardi, we have always believed in fostering the spirit of excellence and innovation in the world of sailing. The Bacardi Cup U30 Program represents our unwavering commitment to nurturing young talent, fostering their journey to success and ensuring the continued growth of the Star Class. It’s an investment in the future of sailors and the sport, and Bacardi is excited to be part of the journey.”
He added, “The Star Class continues to be one of the most demanding, exhilarating, and inspirational boats to sail, and Bacardi is determined to uphold its legacy as a longstanding partner of the Star Class. We aim to maximize opportunities for all sailors to compete, ensuring the enduring appeal of the Star Class.”

Julia Magdalena Müller / Xaver Seid competing in the U30 at the 96th Bacardi Cup 

The 97th Bacardi Cup will take place from March 3-9, 2024, at the Coral Reef Yacht Club, Miami. With a six-race series, the event promises to deliver passion and world-class competition. Every year, the regatta boasts a blend of sailing legends, World Champions, Olympians, and professional sailors who compete alongside enthusiasts. Miami in spring provides the perfect stage, with its warm weather, consistent breeze, camaraderie, and exceptional Bacardi hospitality.
Paul Cayard, President of ISCYRA, commented, “The passion for sailing the Star transcends generations, attracting the finest sailors. The emerging talent is inspiring. We have a robust U30 fleet supported by our U30 Development Committee, who, alongside our long-standing sailors, generously provide resources and expertise. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Bacardi for their unwavering commitment to ensuring the timeless allure of the Star Class remains accessible to all.”

 Matt Rajacich / Eric Wagner (USA7996) on their way to victory at the U30 96th Bacardi Cup

Bacardi and the Star Class will be reaching out to U30 sailors with further details. In the meantime, sailors who are interested in the Bacardi Cup U30 Program may contact [email protected].
As a continuation of Bacardi’s commitment, the 97th Bacardi Cup U30 Champions will not only enjoy their victory but also secure financial support from Bacardi to compete at the 2024 Star Class World Championship taking place from September 8-13 in San Diego, California, USA.

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Bacardi is rightly proud of the Bacardi Cup, which lays claim to being one of the most distinguished events in sailing and continues as a landmark event for the Bacardi Rum brand and Bacardi family, who have been active patrons since the beginning. As a fledgling event in 1927 in Cuba, the popularity of the Star Class and Bacardi brand meant the Bacardi Cup was destined for success. Throughout more than nine decades the Bacardi Cup has never made compromises as it brings together the world’s best all round in a six-day battle for the Bacardi Cup and Tito Bacardi Cup trophies.
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November 2, 2023 Press Release, WS1, WS2