In 2016 the Newport Bermuda Race is awarding “Regional” Prizes to recognize the efforts of skippers, vessels and crew that come some distance to participate. There are 5 Regions to be so recognized. Qualification for a Regional Prize requires Special Entry utilizing this form to be submitted electronically prior to the Race, no later than 0900 hrs. Friday, June 17. Entry is open to Gibbs Hill, St. David’s, Double-Handed and Cruiser Divisions. There will be a single prize for the best performance by a vessel from each of the 5 Regions as determined by the Race’s Cross-Divisional (“X-DV”) system. (Note: The “City of Newport Prize” is for the best performance by a “Foreign Country” vessel and is a separate competition. It is not addressed here.)
A yacht’s true “Region” can be subjective due to a number of factors. The goal is to determine the one (only) Region most identified with the skipper, vessel & crew which may or may not precisely fit a formula. A skipper should declare the single most-suited region using suggested criteria below. If neither basis 1 nor 2 fits, then he may elect #3, stating rationale which will be subject to acceptance by BROC and generally will be granted so long as it is reasonable and a clear case is stated.
See all other Special Entry Prizes.