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Bacardi Cup History


Compiled by David Bolles

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.

(Any corrections to the following information, please contact David Bolles)

Year Boat# Boat Name Skipper Crew Fleet/
country
2010 8362 Rick Merriman Phil Trinter LH
2009 8272 Peter Bromby Magnus Liljedahl Isol
2008 8309 Afonso Domingos Bernardo Santos POR
2007 8187 Hamish Pepper David Giles Isol
2006 8230 Zoom Zoom John Dane Austin Sperry MoB
2005 8157 Mark Mendelblatt Mark Strube TaB
2004 8145 Afonso Domingos Bernardo Santos POR
2003 7988 Peter Bromby Martin Siese BER
2002 8067 Mark Reynolds Magnus Liljedahl SDB
2001 7988 Peter Bromby Martin Siese BER
2000 7838 Ross Macdonald Kai Bjorn EB
1999 7838 Ross Macdonald Kai Bjorn EB
1998 7829 Bongo Fury Mark Reynolds Magnus Liljedahl SDB
1997 7829 Bongo Fury Mark Reynolds Magnus Liljedahl SDB
1996 7836 Vince Brun Magnus Liljedahl SDB
1995 7737 Ross Macdonald Kai Bjorn EB
1994 7737 Ross Macdonald Bruce Macdonald EB
1993 7602 Peter Wright Greg Cook SLM
1992 7460 Mark Reynolds Hal Haenel SDB
1991 7302 Ed Adams George Iverson NB
1990 7460 Mark Reynolds Hal Haenel SDB
1989 7288 Mark Reynolds Hal Haenel SDB
1988 7101 Ed Adams Tom Olsen NB
1987 7209 Vince Brun Hugo Schreiner SDB
1986 7209 The Usual Vince Brun Hugo Schreiner SDB
1985 6921 Yes Indeedy Vince Brun Bob Billingham SDB
1984 6464 Trigger Happy Mark Reynolds Chris Gould SDB
1983 6910 Andy Menkart James Kavle WS
1982 6680 Van Gogh Vince Brun Randy McLaren SDB
1981 6680 Van Gogh Vince Brun Todd Cozzens SDB
1980 6560 Frolic Bill Buchan Douglas Knight PS
1979 6042 Frolic Bill Buchan Douglas Knight PS
1978 5681 Virgo III Peter Wright Todd Cozzens SLM
1977 5607 Dingo Ding Schoonmaker Chris Rogers BisB
1976 5607 Dingo Ding Schoonmaker Jerry Ford BisB
1975 5681 Virgo III Peter Wright William Wright SLM
1974 5607 Dingo Ding Schoonmaker Jerry Ford BisB
1973 5660 Frolic Bill Buchan Craig Thomas PS
1972 5524 Super Rat Read Ruggles David Dickey BisB
1971 5407 Dingo Ding Schoonmaker Joerg Bruder BisB
1970 5407 Dingo Ding Schoonmaker Joerg Bruder BisB
1969 4621 Zig Zag Frank Zagarino Gould Ryder BisB
1968 5271 Glider Richard Stearns Lynn Williams WH
1967 5271 Glider Richard Stearns Lynn Williams WH
1966 5012 Star of the Sea Joe Duplin Rodney Long BH
1965 4459 Super Rat Read Ruggles David Dickey BisB
1964 4207 Dingo Ding Schoonmaker Asa Colson BisB
1963 4589 Cirrus Howard Lippincott Herb Hild ES
1962 4305 Conch III Basil Kelly David Kelley CoH
Series moved to Biscayne Bay
1957 3076 Kurush IV Alvaro de Cárdenas Jorge de Cárdenas Mar
1955 3076 Kurush IV Jorge de Cárdenas Alvaro de Cárdenas Mar
1954 2934 Cubana Alberto Reyes José de la Campa FdeH
1953 3167 Dingo Ding Schoonmaker Donald Pritchard N
1952 3081 Mate Robert Lippincott Bob Levine WJ
1951 2967 Estrellita Durward Knowles Ding Schoonmaker N
1950 2125 Shillalah Skip Etchells Mary Etchells WLIS
1949 1961 Twin Star Woodie Pirie F.S. Dixon WH
1948 1961 Twin Star Woodie Pirie Sam Pirie WH
1942 1902 Concubine Alfred de Marigny -- N
1941 1563 Gale Harry Nye -- SLM
1940 1563 Gale Harry Nye -- SLM
1939 1310 Melody Paul Smart -- CLIS
1938 1563 Gale Harry Nye -- SLM
1937 1367 Jack Rabbit Paul Shields Corny Shields PGB
1936 202 Ace Adrian Iselin II Elwood White WLIS
1935 202 Ace Adrian Iselin II Sr. Carricabura WLIS
1934 not sailed
1933 202 Ace Adrian Iselin II Elwood White WLIS
1932 700 Moonshine David Atwater Charles Lawton NB
1931 388 Delfin Carlos de Cárdenas -- FdeH
1930 499 Catherine W.F. Teves -- WLIS
1929 333 Colleen Fred Bedford Brigs Cunningham CLIS
1928 510 Budsal II F. Robinson D. Robinson PGB
1927 202 Ace Adrian Iselin II Ed Willis WLIS

 

 

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