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Newport Regatta

20 Class Champions Determined at BACARDI® Newport Sailing Week Featured at Newport Regatta®

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 15, 2012) – Over 700 sailors from 17 states descended on Sail Newport this weekend to race in The Newport Regatta® featuring BACARDI® Newport Sailing Week Presented by EFG Bank. Organizers set up four courses to handle the 259 boats in 20 classes, with 181 races taking place over three days, July 13-15, 2012.

Collecting both Newport Regatta and BACARDI Newport Sailing Week trophies were: Bruno Pasquinelli (Dallas, Texas) in the J/80 class; Brad Boston and Lee Shuckerow in the Viper 640 class – which also earned them the Viper 640 New England Championship title; and the California team of Doug Smith (San Francisco) with crew John Rogers (Los Angeles) in the Star class.

“The competition was really good,” said Smith who was sailing his first event in New England in many years and hopes to be able to return next year to defend his title. Smith’s comments echoed those of many sailors who remarked on the great racing the event had offered, along with the exceptional hospitality provided by BACARDI.

Lars Guck (Bristol, R.I.), displaying his formidable sailing talent, was the only skipper to sail a perfect event. He won all nine races sailed by the 10-boat A-Cat fleet to collect the top award in the class with an eight-point margin over his closest competitor.

Rhode Island’s John Mollicone, recent winner of the 2012 J/24 US National Championship, added the Northeast Regional Championship title to his sailing resume with his win in the 27-strong J/24 fleet at the Newport Regatta. In the 505 class, Mark Zagol (Pawcatuck, Conn.) is the 2012 Region 1 Champion having won the regatta in that 10-boat fleet. Two other classes determined their Atlantic Coast Champions at the Newport Regatta: Steve Girling (New York, N.Y.) won in the 19-boat Etchells fleet, and Colin Merrick (Portsmouth, R.I.) won in the 27-boat Vanguard 15 class.

Marking its 28th year of competition, the Newport Regatta has become one of the largest multi-class events on the east coast. In addition to the aforementioned classes, also racing were Club 420, J/22, J/105, Laser, Laser Radial, Sunfish, Swan 42, Snipe, VX One and 49er classes.

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About Sail Newport

Sail Newport is a non-profit Rhode Island Corporation which was founded in 1983 after the loss of the America’s Cup. Thirty years later, Sail Newport is a thriving sailing center providing public access to the sport of sailing through regattas, events, lessons, rentals and youth programs. Headquartered in Fort Adams State Park, Sail Newport has been the host of hundreds of local, national and world-class regattas and championships including Olympic and Paralympic Trials. For more information visit:

About BACARDI Sailing Week

BACARDI Miami/Newport Sailing Weeks are multi-day events that gather the national and international sailing community together in a fun-filled week of competition, awards ceremonies, parties, and cultural exhibits. The historic BACARDI Cup and its Star fleet are at the heart of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week. In 2011, the Viper 640, Melges 20, Melges 24 and, J/24 and J/80 classes will also be competing in both events. BACARDI Sailing Week is a STUDIOMILANO project. For more information visit, www.NewportSailingWeek, and

About BACARDI Rums: In 1862, in Santiago de Cuba, BACARDI revolutionized the spirits industry when founder Don Facundo Bacardi began producing his remarkable light-bodied, smooth rum – BACARDI, the world’s favorite premium rum brand. Today, BACARDI Rum is produced in Puerto Rico, following the production legacy set forth by Don Facundo – crafted in a five step distillation process, aged in American white oak barrels, and filtered five times for unparalleled quality and smoothness.

About Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. is the United States import and distribution arm of one of the world's leading spirits and wine producers. The company boasts a portfolio of some of the most recognized and top-selling spirits brands in the United States including BACARDI® rum, the world's favorite and best-selling premium rum, as well as the world's most awarded rum; GREY GOOSE® vodka, the world-leader in super-premium vodka; DEWAR'S® Blended Scotch Whisky, the number-one selling blended Scotch whisky in the United States; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, the top-valued premium gin in the world; CAZADORES® blue agave tequila, the number-one premium tequila in the world; MARTINI® vermouth, the world-leader in vermouth; and other leading and emerging brands.

About EFG International

EFG International is a global private banking group offering private banking and asset management services, headquartered in Zurich. EFG International's group of private banking businesses currently operates in over 50 locations in 30 countries, with circa 2,400 employees. EFG International's registered shares (EFGN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. EFG International is a member of EFG Group.

About STUDIOMILANO: STUDIOMILANO, the producer of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week, is a full service marketing and management firm, founded in August 2002, representing some of the leading luxury retailers and events in the world. Services range from business and project management to event development and coordination, and all aspects in between. For more information on STUDIOMILANO, visit