Bermuda Race News

Kodiak, skippered by Llwyd Ecclestone, is hoping for a second St David's Lighthouse win. (Daniel Forster/PPL)

Constellation “Catches Train” to Bermuda

By Talbot Wilson Only six boats had finished the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race by late Tuesday afternoon in Bermuda— Shockwave, Bella Mente, Caol Ila, and Constellation have finished in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division. Kodiak and Stark Racing Mad VII...
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The Grundoom Log #6: Blind-Sided

More meditations on food and drifting from Chris As this race ponders on, and with no fewer than 10 competitors joining us for a fifth park-up 58 miles from Bermuda, I will save the frustration of having Crazy Horse once...
Bermuda Race Finish Line Committee Chairman and the telescope. (Barry Pickthall/PPL)

Bermuda’s Finish Line Tradition

  By John Rousmaniere Hamilton, Bermuda, June 24.  Tonight and tomorrow, 120 or more boats will sail around Bermuda’s reef toward St. David’s Head and cross the finish line of the 49th Newport Bermuda Race. None of this will be...
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Reports from Boats, June 24

June 24, 10 a.m. Bermuda Time. We have news from Spirit of Bermuda, Shockwave, and Gryphon Solo 2  following these reports: Recent Withdrawals:  Shine, owned by Giles Redpath, and Terrapin, owned by Jonathan Litt, have withdrawn due to scheduling obligations....
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...