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Bermuda Race FAQs: The ORR

Part of a series of frequently asked questions about aspects and requirements of the Newport Bermuda Race.  Is my yacht eligible for an Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) Certificate?  Most yachts are eligible for ORR Certificates.  ORR does place some restrictions...
Rambler after the start of the speedy 2012 Bermuda Race. (Daniel Forster/PPL)

Looking Back: Grand and Glorious Sensations of the First Finishers

The Bermuda Race has seen many duels for first to finish. Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente and George Sakellaris’ Shockwave finished just two minutes and then seven minutes apart in 2012 and 2014. Over the years the elapsed time record has been whittled down...
Jolie Brise (shown sailing today) and her skipper Bobby Somerset saved 10 sailors from a burning schooner. (Phil Russell/PPL)

Looking Back: A Long Partnership and the Heroic Jolie Brise

Here is another chapter in our series about Bermuda Race history as we celebrate the 50th “Thrash to the Onion Patch.”  Interest in ocean racing lagged until after World War I.  Before the sixth Bermuda Race in 1923, race chairman...
The stars of the Bermuda Race's schooner era were the Alden Malabars, like the 1923 race winner Malabar IV. (PPL)

Looking Back: The Bermuda Race’s Schooner Era (1907-1932)

The Bermuda Race has been attracting great sailors and fascinating yachts since its earliest days. These tales of the schooner era are part of a series of historical segments honoring the upcoming 50th “Thrash to the Onion Patch” in 2016. Bermuda...
"The song of the wind-satisfied sail." Tamerlane in the Gulf Stream, by crewmember Warren Sheppard

Looking Back: The 1st Thrash (1906)

With the 50th Bermuda Race coming up in 2016, we’re gathering stories of past “Thrashes to the Onion Patch.” Here we go back to the first race, when the idea of amateur sailors going to sea in normal boats was widely...
Selkie sprints out of Narragansett Bay (Photo, Ross Santy)

Looking Back: 46th Thrash (2008), Runnerup Again

With the 50th Bermuda Race coming up in 2016,we’re gathering stories of past races. Here, JOHN ROUSMANIERE remembers 2008 in Selkie.  Submit your memories to: Media@BermudaRace.com. Some things are too special to do all the time, which I suppose is...
The goal: St. David's Lighthouse. (Talbot Wilson/PPL)

50th “Thrash to the Onion Patch” to race under one rule

When the Newport Bermuda Race is next sailed in 2016, it will be scored by one handicapping system, the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR). The ORR calculates each boat’s speed potential based entirely on its measurements, using a Velocity Prediction Program...
Crew of Sleijride, halfway to Bermuda.
Photo by Adam Cort

Bermuda Race Competitor Sleijride Featured in Sail Magazine

This past June, as I was getting ready for my own first go at the race, I couldn’t help wondering if I really belonged there. My ride to Bermuda was a fairly ordinary one—a vintage J/37 performance cruiser named Sleijride...
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