Bermuda Race News

Jolie Brise (shown sailing today) and her skipper Bobby Somerset saved 10 sailors from a burning schooner. (Phil Russell/PPL)

Looking Back: A Long Partnership and the Heroic Jolie Brise

Here is another chapter in our series about Bermuda Race history as we celebrate the 50th “Thrash to the Onion Patch.”  Interest in ocean racing lagged until after World War I.  Before the sixth Bermuda Race in 1923, race chairman...
The stars of the Bermuda Race's schooner era were the Alden Malabars, like the 1923 race winner Malabar IV. (PPL)

Looking Back: The Bermuda Race’s Schooner Era (1907-1932)

The Bermuda Race has been attracting great sailors and fascinating yachts since its earliest days. These tales of the schooner era are part of a series of historical segments honoring the upcoming 50th “Thrash to the Onion Patch” in 2016. Bermuda...
"The song of the wind-satisfied sail." Tamerlane in the Gulf Stream, by crewmember Warren Sheppard

Looking Back: The 1st Thrash (1906)

With the 50th Bermuda Race coming up in 2016, we’re gathering stories of past “Thrashes to the Onion Patch.” Here we go back to the first race, when the idea of amateur sailors going to sea in normal boats was widely...
Selkie sprints out of Narragansett Bay (Photo, Ross Santy)

Looking Back: 46th Thrash (2008), Runnerup Again

With the 50th Bermuda Race coming up in 2016,we’re gathering stories of past races. Here, JOHN ROUSMANIERE remembers 2008 in Selkie.  Submit your memories to: Media@BermudaRace.com. Some things are too special to do all the time, which I suppose is...
The goal: St. David's Lighthouse. (Talbot Wilson/PPL)

50th “Thrash to the Onion Patch” to race under one rule

When the Newport Bermuda Race is next sailed in 2016, it will be scored by one handicapping system, the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR). The ORR calculates each boat’s speed potential based entirely on its measurements, using a Velocity Prediction Program...
Crew of Sleijride, halfway to Bermuda.
Photo by Adam Cort

Bermuda Race Competitor Sleijride Featured in Sail Magazine

This past June, as I was getting ready for my own first go at the race, I couldn’t help wondering if I really belonged there. My ride to Bermuda was a fairly ordinary one—a vintage J/37 performance cruiser named Sleijride...
The goal: St. David's Lighthouse. (Talbot Wilson/PPL)

Simpatico awarded Mitchell Trophy for Bermuda Race Cruiser Division

Aug. 23, 2014.  The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has reported a change in the results of the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race. After correction of a scoring error in the previously announced results, Simpatico, Captain William F. Riley (Chatham, MA), has...
The USNA 44 Swift starts the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race with her crew of midshipmen. (Talbot Wilson/PPL)

Navy Prepares Swiftly for Bermuda Race; Chessy Boats Win Silver

  By Bill Wagner, CapitalGazette.com, July 10, 2014 It was no small feat for members of the Naval Academy Varsity Offshore Sailing Team to get Swift ready for the Newport-to-Bermuda Race. Swift is one of Navy’s old McCurdy & Rhodes 44-foot...