Bermuda Race News

Jim Hedelston takes an early morning trick at the wheel.

The Grundoom Log #5: The Bermuda Race’s Lower Key

Chris Museler finds something special in a trying voyage. Monday Evening. “I hate this boat. We’re not going anywhere. We’re not moving!” So exclaimed the frustrated Sam. His father, Jim, responded with the Johnny Cash song: “Son, this world is...
Glowing in the dawn sun, Shockwave presses on toward the St. David's Lighthouse finish line. (Talbot Wilson/PPL)

Shockwave Wins Line Honors as Most of Fleet Drifts On

By Talbot Wilson George Sakellaris’ big white Richel/Pugh mini-maxi Shockwave crossed the finish line off Bermuda’s St. David’s Lighthouse Monday morning at 5:34 race time EDT (6:34AM local time). Her elapsed time was 63:04:11. Bella Mente, Hap Fauth’s 72 foot...
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The Grundoom Log #4: Food, Talk, and a Reaching Breeze

Chris Museler reveals what sailors care most about  “Peanut butter and jelly is the great equalizer,” said chef Hedleston after feeding the crew an antipasto for lunch. “You have to have a go-to. Something that everyone will eat if they’re...
The classic yawl Dorade after the 2010 start. (Daniel Forster/PPL)

Reports from Boats, June 23

Carina reported striking a partially submerged object, perhaps a shipping container, at location 38 28.6N, 69 54.5W at 0400 EDT on Sunday, June 22.  There was no injury or damage. Carina made a securité call to the fleet concerning the...
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Shockwave Beats Bella Mente by 7 Minutes

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 23.  After sailing nearly side by side over 635 miles and two and a half days,George Sakellaris’ Shockwave nipped Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente at the finish line at St. David’s Lighthouse, Bermuda, by 7 minutes to win...
Shockwave at the start. (Talbot Wilson)

Back of Fleet Drifts Hard Right, Leaders Riding High

The big difference between the faster, leading boats and those further back is the Gulf Stream. Carina and Christopher Dragon, two of the leading boats on corrected time, are nearby and in the axis of the Gulf Stream which is...
Gryphon Solo2 at the start. (Barry Pickthall/PPL)

Reports from Boats, June 22

From Spirit of Bermuda, Captain Karen McDonald Saturday, June 21, 0800. It was an exciting yet slow start to the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race yesterday.  At 1300, Spirit’s start time, the gradient wind (NW) was being overtaken by the sea breeze...
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The Grundoom Log #2: Shipmates, Surprises, Calms & Dolphins

Chris Museler continues his account of the new Carkeek 47′s first Bermuda Race  Friday, June 20 – The first day of the race produced a big surprise when the seabreeze came in. We didn’t wallow in a swirl of doldrums...