Bulletin #13—Deadlines, Prizes, Jackhammer, AIS MOB Lessons


Chairman’s Update

Those of you competing in the 2018 race have heard from me recently on upcoming Inspections Deadlines (see Official Notice Board), setting up your AIS MOB devices, and registering for the Onion Patch Series. Consider this another friendly reminder, along with these key pending deadlines:

  • May 15         Entry deadline (online forms, fees, Captain’s Waiver)
  • May 24         Measurements deadline  (NoR 6.1 b.)
  • June 1          Crew deadline (NoR 5.4)
  • June 1          Inspections deadline (NoR 6.2 a.)

I would also like to draw your attention to a series of administrative reminders below, ranging from the hours to complete registration and meet with Bermuda border control, to reserving Bermuda dockage and space and sending gear to Bermuda in the shipping containers we arrange.

Finally, as part of our drive for Clean Regattas certification, our Media Team will be highlighting sustainability best-practices already incorporated on many of your boats. They would be interested to learn about changes you have made to reduce single-use plastic and take other sustainability measures aboard: media@bermudarace.com.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Brewin
2018 Newport Bermuda Race Chairman

Place Your Order Today

Helly Hansen Newport is proud to be the official apparel sponsor for the Newport Bermuda Race 2018. We are currently outfitting many teams for the race until the cut off date of May 20th. Please get your order in by May 20th if you would like your items personalized for June 15th. 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.

Last Chances for Crew Safety Training

There are still a couple of safety training sessions ahead if needed to satisfy the Race’s safety at sea crew training requirements. At press time, there is are openings in the standard level offshore safety training on May 19th at Storm Trysail at SUNY Maritime; there is a waiting list for the separate Hands-On Training. The Cruising Club of America seminar on June 13 in Newport currently has ample openings at both levels. This is also a good training opportunity for your return crewmembers.

Register to Compete for Special Trophies  

The Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club have assembled an extraordinary collection of permanent trophies over the years. The most famous are the “Lighthouse Trophies” for overall division winners of the St. David’s and Gibbs Hill divisions. And the Carleton A. Mitchell Trophy goes to the winner in the Finisterre Division. Competitors sign up to compete for these and many other trophies by virtue of entering the race, but it’s important to note that they must separately register to compete for certain “special trophies.” Examples are the special 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 to put your boat in the running for any prizes for which you will qualify.

Competitor Spotlight

The question was whether to ballast up or down? Jackhammer owner Andrew Hall has chosen a traditional ballast set-up for his hot new J/121. Read on.

Onion Patch Series Registration

The three-event Onion Patch Series to which all Newport Bermuda Race entries are invited 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 have the enjoyment of sailing in the RBYC Anniversary Regatta on Great Sound in Bermuda, site of the America’s Cup competition in 2017.

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 & 22from 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


No. 4—Shop: You’re never far from good retail in Bermuda (or your next pair of classic Bermuda shorts and socks)—Hamilton’s Washington Mall, Clocktower Mall in the Dockyards, or anywhere in the Town of St. George. You can also find delightful jewelry and other local crafts in dozens of markets, studios, and galleries. Photo courtesy of TABS

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