We’re not going to waste your time with a list of what Miami has; as America’s fourth largest urban area, it’s easier to list what Miami lacks than what it has. And what does it lack? Bad weather. That’s all.

A9RC163And though all destinations often are said to offer something for everyone, the Miami area offers multiple enticements for everyone, all with the perfect backdrop of ideal sailing conditions: The trendy nightlife of South Beach, bejeweled by the eye candy of the Art Deco district. The bustle of Calle Ocho and the highly caffeinated energy of Little Havana. The plush hotels of Miami Beach and the historic hideaways of Coral Gables. Seemingly endless shopping opportunities in modern, sprawling malls and the quiet, personal attention offered by the family-owned shops of Coconut Grove and many other corners of the region.

A9RC165The lures of deep-sea fishing and golf and tennis. Major league football, basketball, hockey and baseball. Boat shows and auto racing. Art festivals and outdoor food and wine extravaganzas. An international airport, an active commercial shipping port, and the world’s busiest cruise port. The Miami area offers all of this – and so much more.

With its plentiful lodging options and incredible food and nightlife, Miami has proven its ability to draw sailors from all over the world to regattas hosted here. Every winter, sailors from some 50 nations check out the consistent tradewinds, miles of beaches and shoreline and hundreds of miles of canals, piers, docks, and pontoons that make Miami the ultimate winter sailing destination. Insiders knew about it more than a century ago, while racers have been raving about Miami sailing since even before an enterprising Cuban rum manufacturer helped launch the Bacardi Cup almost 90 years ago.

A9RC167When US Sailing needed an Olympic Center, they picked the best place for winter sailing in the USA – and it’s just down the road. The Volvo Ocean Race picked Miami for a stopover twice (most recently in 2012), the Melges 32 Class picked it for their Worlds in 2014, and Miami has become the centerpiece and base of operations for the high-flying Marstrom 32 Class’s worldwide ambitions. A Miami Melges 24 World Championship will attract sailors from not only Europe and Australia, but will draw strong Mexican and South American entries as well; it is, after all, the “Gateway To Latin America.”