Acura Miami Grand Prix Ready for Action

4 February 2009

Miami Beach, Fla –  Rematches and tough competition will be the order of the day at the 2009 Acura Miami Grand Prix. Florida sunshine and dependable breezes beckon sailors from across the county and around the world.

Event Director Peter Craig and Principal Race Officer Dave Brennan are preparing to conduct another great week of racing in the ocean waters off America’s Riviera - South Beach.

"Premiere Racing is very encouraged by the entries to date. We expected some impact given the global economic troubles, but were always confident that there would be a high quality turnout that would produce great racing just like we had in Key West last month," said Craig. "The four classes will be represented by top-tier programs," he added.

IRC, Farr 40 and Melges 32 classes have a good mix of recent Acura Key West 2009 champions and participants along with boats that will be adding new flavor to the competition in Miami.

The Melges 32 class made its Miami debut in 2006 with six boats. They’ve been newsmakers and a photographer’s delight every year since. 2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix champion, Michael Illbruck’s Pinta (Munich, GER), will defend against a field of no less than 12 boats, the majority of which are fresh from Key West’s proving grounds. Jeff Ecklund’s Star (Fort Lauderdale, FL) won class honors and Acura Boat of the Week in January. Melges 32s were recognized as the class with the closest most competitive racing.

All classes are in the hunt for the Acura Grand Prix Awards will be presented to the boats with the lowest combined cumulative points for Acura Key West and the Acura Miami Grand Prix in their respective classes. Given the stature of both events and the competitiveness of these grand prix classes, these recipients will be special champions. This year the Melges 32 Gold Cup results are included in that class’s scores. Perpetual awards are in the offing to the Farr 40, Melges 32 classes and IRC classes. Barking Mad (Farr 40) and  New Wave (Melges 32) are defending Acura Grand Prix Champions.

Four race days with as many as ten races are scheduled. The first entry deadline is February 6.

Event details, entries and past results are available at

Acura has been the proud title sponsor and Official Vehicle of SORC and the Miami Grand Prix for the previous 9 years. They are joined by supporting sponsors Mount Gay Rum (Official Rum) and SLAM (Official Technical Gear and Retailer).

The Miami Beach Marina is the Official Site for this 2009 grand prix event. The Avalon and South Seas Hotels are the Official Host Hotels.

Shake-A-Leg Miami is the official charity of both the Acura Miami Grand Prix and Acura Key West. For information about them please visit:

Thirty-six Industry Partners bring their support through a program that is now in its 8th year. Learn more about the Industry Partners and the Program on the event web site.

Acura Key West 2009 and the 2009 Acura Miami Grand Prix are US Sailing sanctioned events.