Bermuda Race News

The classic yawl Dorade starts a recent Bermuda Race. (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...
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Mini-Maxis swap lead, Sinn Fein pushing hard

The predicted battle for the elapsed time victory in the Newport Bermuda Race between the three Mini-Maxis in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division is coming to fruition. Based on the tracker report as of 5 AM on Saturday with 485...
Bella Mente leads Shockwave after the start on June 20. (Daniel Forster/PPL)

Race Report; Tips for Spectators

  By John Rousmaniere Newport, June 21, 2014, 9am (updated 10:30)– The predicted battle for the elapsed time victory between the three Mini-Maxis in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division is coming to fruition. Based on tracker report as of 5 a.m.,...
Sinn Fein holds high on the light air start to the 2014 BermudaRace. (Talbot Wilson/PPL)

It Was a Little Messy, but the Bermuda Race Fleet has Started

By John Rousmaniere Newport. RI, June 20, 2014, 7 PM.  Who would have thought that spinnakers would be flown at the starts of two Newport Bermuda Races in a row?  The race did not gain its well-known nickname, “The Thrash...