Royal Bermuda Yacht Club on the Hamilton waterfront hosts the Newport Bermuda Bace and the King Edward VII Gold Cup Match Racing Championship. (Bob Grieser/PPL)

Looking Back: reaching the goal in hospitable Bermuda

For nearly 110 years, Bermuda Races have started at several American ports. But they all finish at the friendly archipelago that nature and God located 635 miles off the U.S. coast, just enough east of south so the typical race...
Navigator Sheila McCurdy calculated a sextant sight and plots the position suring a vorage in the 1980s. (John Rousmaniere)

Looking Back: A navigator’s race

Here’s a challenge: Sail 635 miles mostly out of sight of land. Cross a chaotic current and then make your landfall on a low island behind a reef. (Oh. . . and you’re navigating a race.) A typical navigator during the...
A. J. at helm

Race Bulletin, June 17, 2015

Dear Sailors, There’s something special about the Bermuda Race. I can’t help but smile when I try to explain it to someone unfamiliar with the race, or exchange stories with someone, perhaps like yourself, who has done the race before....
ORR aims to promote participation and fairness across a broad spectrum of boat designs. (Talbot WIlson)

Bermuda Race FAQs: The ORR — what it is, why we use it

The Newport Bermuda Race is dedicated to safe sailing and fair racing: Make sure the competitors are as safe as they can be. That’s why the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has a rigorous process of inspection and qualifications. Make sure...
Sinn Fein (left) and Baruna each won two Bermuda Races, but decades apart. (Sinn Fein, Daniel Forster/PPL)

Looking Back: one, twice, even three times a winner

Winning one Bermuda Race is hard enough, but how do you repeat? Four very different boats have done it over seven decades with a variety of strategies, tactics, and weather, but always with strong crews, careful preparation, and “good admiralship.”...
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...
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