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Jim Binch and damaged door on Killua

Even Commodores Make Mistakes

A story in which Commodore Jim Binch and crew Andrew McTavish work out a successful exit strategy. By Chris Museler   Becoming a Cruising Club of America member requires thousands of miles of hard-earned experience and resulting wisdom. The commodore of...
Morris Justine 36 Yankee Girl Zachary Lee Double-Handed Division winner

Small Boats Rule in 51st Thrash to the Onion Patch

Except in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division, the smaller boats scored best throughout the fleet. None more so than in the Double-Handed Division, won by a 36-foot Morris Justine named Yankee Girl. By Chris Museler. They call it the rubber band....
winning crew of Mary and Harry Guidotti's head

Finisterre Division Winner Orca: Sweet Surprise

Nobody was more surprised at Orca‘s Finisterre Division victory than the crew of the Island Packet 38. By Chris Museler “I can’t possibly understand how we won,” exclaimed watch captain Dave Gilmore when he was told Thursday that his team...
Grundoon Columbia 50 Jim Grundy St. David's Lighthouse Trophy winner

Media Update: 51st Newport Bermuda Race Division Winners Named

Grundoon, Wizard, Orca, Yankee Girl, Kawil, Elvis, and Maverick top the seven divisions in 2018. (Hamilton, Bermuda, June 21, 2018)—The division winners of the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race were finalized today with the arrival of the remainder of the fleet,...
Jim Grundy and his daughter Gwendalyn talk about the family history of their Columbia 50, Grundoon, which they sailed to a provisional win in the St. David's Lighthouse Division victory. Adventures of a Sailor Girl photo

Interviews at the Dock: Grundoon, Dreamcatcher, & Nav Forum

Nic Douglass, Adventures of a Sailor Girl, spoke with sailors and skippers on Grundoon, Dreamcatcher, Breezin’ Up, and Temptress. After the fleet’s mass finish on Wednesday and docking at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the party (for some) lasted into...
Admiral Bill Merlin drives across the finish line the Newport Bermuda Race. His first two Newport Bermudas were in 1954 and 1956. Chris Museler photo

Merlin’s Path: A Strong Grip on the Wheel

Merlin has put in many miles already under its new owner, Chip Merlin, and is just getting started. By Chris Museler It was impossible to make up the five hours that wound up separating Merlin and a top three position...
Before dawn on Wednesday, dozens of boats cut silhouettes like this one as they beat to the finish at St. David's Lighthouse. Adventures of a Sailor Girl photo

Wednesday Sunrise Welcomes Bermuda-Bound Racers

The fleet came in quickly on Wednesday, with the media team covering both ends of the starting line. By John Burnham The majority of the 2018 Newport Bermuda Fleet crossed the St. David’s Lighthouse finish line either just before or...
Merlin Normal Angle of Heel Dawn

Tuesday Tracker Update and Blogs from the Boats

Several boats finished late Tuesday afternoon, including the first boats in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division—Merlin, Kodiak, and Temptation – Oakcliff. The boats in the second half of the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division Class 15 began to finish after a long...