Watch the Start
Watch the Finish
Watching the Start
The the first start is at 1PM on Friday. There will be approdximately 12 more starts, each in ten-minute intervals. The starting line is at the entrance to the East Passage of Narragansett Bay, between Castle Hill in Newport and Beavertail in Jamestown.
» Map of Start Area
There are many was to watch the start of the race in Newport. Here are a few suggestions:
- There are a variety of vessels available for charter in Newport. If you visit the various Newport web sites dedicated to tourism and business, you will find many listed.
- There are also many tourist vessels that take visitors out on the water for tours, and a number of these may have special trips available specifically to watch the start of the race. Many private yachts spend the afternoon watching the start. Joining a friend or family member who has a boat in Newport and plans to be on the water for the day is a great way to see the race.
- The start of the race can be seen from a couple of spots ashore. Many people watch the start from Castle Hill, right at the start of Ocean Drive. Others watch from the Jamestown shore, where the best viewing is at Fort Wetherill State Park. Beavertail State Park in Jamestown is also an option. (see map of start area)
Watching the Finish
- Of course, the best spot to watch the yachts finish in Bermuda is from the grounds of St. David's Lighthouse. Visitors will find that the Finish Line Committee is very hospitable and depending on the finishing traffic, guests may be invited up into the tower for a tour. It is a straight up climb and not for people afraid of heights.
A Gateway 'SMART Board' will be available at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club for viewing the race tracker in the Calabash Lounge and a smaller HD TV monitor will be available around the clock over the Terrace Bar.