Styx was onto something when it recorded “Come Sail Away” in 1977. There’s nothing better than setting “an open course for the virgin sea” and searching for “tomorrow on every shore.” It’s quite liberating being a captain. Naturally — or shall we say nautically —we’re wet with excitement about this year’s Miami Sailing Week, a seven-day, multiclass, multinational regatta sponsored by quality-rum maker and Miami staple Bacardi. The sea-centric fun begins Sunday at 3 p.m. if you’re a participant or a very important person. That’s when the hospitality village opens and the 1 percent start taking shots of 151. For the common folk, an art exhibit at the Coconut Grove Convention Center (2700 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove) opens at 4 p.m. and will showcase some pretty gnarly race photos. Admission is free. The first of several races will begin Monday around noon with the Star class. The Star class is a regatta granddaddy, celebrating 85 years in the Bacardi Cup. More than 2,000 Star-class racing vessels actively compete around the world, and many are at the forefront of maritime technology. Their lightweight, sleekly designed bodies are easy to transport from race to race and look great on the water.
March 5-10, noon, 2012