Bermuda Race News

The beautiful Westray show her stuff at the start of the 2008 Bermuda Race. (Barry Pickthall/PPL)

Looking Back: Newbies sail their first race to Bermuda

There’s a first time for everything: first steps, first unassisted bike ride, first kiss. And if you’re lucky enough, you will have a first Newport Bermuda Race. Here are first-time sailor stories from the 2014 race. Chris Museler reports.  Like...
Race chair A.J. Evans at the helm of Vamp. (Matt Marciano)

A.J. Evans: The thrash is special

The Newport Bermuda Race Chairman announces a new prize, and praises the race experience — the “indescribable blue” water, the camaraderie of shipmates, and the race’s historic focus on the sailors. (This profile first ran in Windcheck Magazine.)    ...
the 55-footer Dyna in the 1972 race. (John Rousmaniere photos)

Looking Back: Navigating the wildest thrash

Clip on your safety harness and check out this on-deck account (by Andy Macdonald) of a West Coast crew in the roughest-ever Newport Bermuda Race, in 1972. A response to our post Looking Back: A navigator’s race, Andy’s story first ran...
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Lessons of a Bermuda Race skipper

The Newport Bermuda Race entry process may seem daunting. But as this report by a former first-timer shows, it’s not all that difficult when done with care. Philip Dickey, the author, skippered his Swan 46 Flying Lady in the 2012...
Michael Keyworth shows how to use a drogue foremergency steering.

Next Offshore Preparedness Seminar, Nov. 7, Westbrook, CT

Addressing the safety, inspection, and other concerns of sailors heading offshore, the next Offshore Preparedness Seminar will be held Saturday Nov. 7 at Pilots Point Marina, Westbrook, CT. Topics include offshore racing safety requirements, navigation and electronic equipment, and preparing the boat...
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Race Bulletin #3, August 20, 2015

Dear Sailors, The 2016 Newport Bermuda Race will include new opportunities for high-performance yachts to compete in celebration of the 50th Thrash to the Onion Patch. We are making a slight change to the St. David’s Lighthouse Division description to...
Flying the Naval Academy's distinctive colors, Swift starts the light-air 2014 race. (Talbot Wilson)

Looking Back: The academy fleet

A highlight of the Newport Bermuda Race has long been the very enthusiastic, and sometimes very successful, participation of  young crews from service academies. When it was first suggested that the US Naval Academy enter a boat in the Bermuda...