#14 Race Bulletin—Deadlines, FEO Spotlight, Bermuda Planning


Chairman’s update

The June 1 deadlines for crew (NoR 5.4) and inspections (NoR 6.2 a.) are upon us, and we urge you to meet them (see Official Notice Board). As of this writing, 16 entries have not yet made contact with an inspector; consider this an urgent notice to these captains to do so.

In addition, all crew in St. David’s Lighthouse, Finisterre, and Double-Handed divisions who
require Group 1 status to satisfy the NoR or remain eligible for Corinthian trophies must include
their World Sailor ID in their registration on Sailgate. At last count, 400 sailors in these
divisions had not submitted this information or had submitted expired IDs. (See Notice of Race,
section 7.)

Please also note a series of administrative reminders below, ranging from the hours to complete registration and meet with Bermuda border control, to reserving Bermuda dockage, and sending gear to Bermuda in the shipping containers we arrange.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Brewin
2018 Newport Bermuda Race Chairman

Goslings Rum Named Official Rum Sponsor  

We’re delighted to announce that Bermuda’s own rum company will again sponsor the Race, providing sailors with multiple opportunities to sample its products. Learn more.

Goslings Rum Newport Shipyard Crew Party

The 2016 Gosling’s Rum Newport Shipyard Crew Party. Photo by PPL

Crew Safety Training

To satisfy the Race’s safety at sea crew training requirements, you can still sign up for the Cruising Club of America seminar on June 13 in Newport. This is also a good training opportunity for your return crewmembers.

Special Trophies Registration

Competitors please note that you must separately register to compete for certain special trophies. Examples are the prizes for top youth crews (the Stephens Brothers Youth Prize), top family crews (Glenn Family Prize), best foreign entry (City of Newport Prize), and Irving Pratt 3-boat Team prize. Read more and follow the registration link.

Onion Patch Series Registration

The three-event Onion Patch Series has a few new advances this year:

  1. Registration for the Onion Patch Series, the RBYC Anniversary Regatta, and the Newport Bermuda Race are all located within Sailgate.

  2. Registration for the NYYC Annual Regatta can be found on the NYYC website. For the NYYC Annual Regatta, you can sail in 1) the IRC Division, where multiple races are sailed each day on windward/leeward courses, or 2) the ORR Navigators Division, where fewer races are sailed around government marks. Boats sailing on the IRC circle will have their performance converted to ORR. All other races in the series will be sailed under ORR.

Some boats have signed up for 2 of 3 events, so all it takes is entry in the third event to compete in the series. What better way to get tuned up for the Newport Bermuda Race than to sail in the NYYC Annual Regatta, and then enjoy the RBYC Anniversary Regatta on Great Sound in Bermuda.

The Newport Bermuda youth crew of ketch FEO

Competitor Spotlight

Led by Izze Best (left), the youth crew of FEO is prepping to race the steel ketch to the Onion Patch. Read on.

Place your order today

Helly Hansen Newport is proud to be the official apparel sponsor for the Newport Bermuda Race 2018. Visit our team shop or shop our full selection in our store. If you have any questions regarding gear or custom logos, please email Meghan Norton. We will be on site at the New York Yacht Club and the Newport Shipyard, June 11th-14th.

Bermuda Shipping Containers Load at Newport Yachting Center

A commercial shipping company has been contracted to assist captains and crews wishing to send gear, sails, etc. to Bermuda. Loading of four 20′ containers will take place at Newport Yachting Center on June 13 from 0900-1700, and June 14 from 0800-1600. (Gear is expected to be available at RBYC on June 18.) Return shipping will also be available, loading on June 21 & 22 from 1000-1700 near RBYC in Bermuda with expected arrival in Portsmouth, RI (New England Boatworks) on June 26.

Space is available on a first come, first served basis as evidenced by the completion and submission of the required Bermuda Customs form. Captains must request space in containers before May 31st using the required Bermuda Customs form. The Bermuda Customs Form can be found here, and instructions to fill out the form here. The form should be printed, completed and emailed to European Ocean Freight as soon as possible, but in no event later than May 31st.

Race Registration and Bermuda Border Control at Harbour Court

See Bermuda Border Control page for more on pre-clearing into Bermuda.

Day, Date            Registration  Border Control

Sun, June 10      1200-1600    Not available

Mon, June 11      0900-1700    Not available

Tue, June 12       0900-1700    0830-1630

Wed, June 13      0900-1600    0830-1630

Thur, June 14     Not available  0800-1800*

* Note: Thurs. hours are new this year; Bermuda Border Control will close at 1800 hours SHARP!

Dock reservations in Bermuda

Space is limited! Please contact Royal Bermuda Yacht Club: Marina Manager Reggie Horseman marina@rbyc.bm or Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club: secretary@rhadc.bm (441) 236-2250 or dockmaster@rhadc.bm(441) 538-0050

Designed by Charles Blair Macdonald and updated by Robert Trent Jones, the legendary Mid Ocean Club Golf Course features 18 challenging and exquisite holes perched on a clifftop overlooking azure waters.


No. 5 – Golf: Bermuda offers spectacular settings for golf on a mix of public and private courses ranging from championship caliber to par-three. Port Royal and Mid Ocean Club feature regularly in rankings of the world’s top golf courses.

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