This years’ Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic (January 17-19,2009) is welcoming the Formula Class North American Championship to Biscayne Bay. In it’s third year, the regatta is a charity event to benefit Shake-A-Leg Miami’s watersports programs for people with disabilities. Shake-A-Leg Miami, a non-profitorganization, uses sailing and other watersports to bring hope, confidence, social integration, independence into the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Similarly, the Caviglia Bluewater Foundation seeks to serve, represent and educate individuals and families who have been touched by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) on their way to recovery and rehabilitation. Together, these two organizations are hosting the regatta which is open windsurfers (Formula and Kona), Keelboats (Paralympic classes and J-24’s) and two dinghy classes (O’Pen BICS and Access Dinghies).
Close to 180 sailors from around the world are expected on several race courses, including The O’Pen Bic “Unregatta”, a format jampacked with crazy racing and tons of fun for kids of all ages.
Proceeds from the last two events enabled Shake-A-Leg Miami to start up a windsurfing program and teach more than 200 kids how to sail over the past two summers. This year Shake-A-Leg is hoping to build the program and make it adaptive to introduce people with disabilities to the sport.
For more information on the Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic, please visit the website at: www.shakealegmiami.org/alexcavigliabluewaterclassic .