Eight Bells. Tito Bacardi, beloved patron of the Star Class and the Bacardi Cup - Viper 640 International Class Association

He will be sadly missed. Best summed up in his own words at the 2004 Bacardi Cup

“I think the sailors like coming here because we treat them like family. When they’re here, they are part of the Bacardi Family. We take care of them. Yes, we pay for many things; certainly that is nice for them. But, it’s more than that. It is the family feeling that makes Bacardi Cup so special.”

“Each year, following the last race, I throw a bottle of Bacardi to the winners. Most times, they miss! They are tired, the boats are moving. Sometimes, I throw 6-7 bottles until they catch it. This year, I hope Mark and Magnus will catch it on the first throw!”

“The Coral Reef Yacht Club has been home to the Bacardi Cup since 1962, but Bacardi’s dream is to take the Bacardi Cup back to Havana when Cuba is free. I don’t know when that will happen. Soon, I hope. We’ve been waiting for 43 years. That is my dream … Bacardi Cup in a free Cuba.

And in this video as he tours the old Bacardi building.