The powerful classic yawl Black Watch looks hard to slow down, but she had to do it during her unusual assignment in the 2014 BermudaRace. (Daniel Forster/PPL)

All Possible Assistance: A Classic Escorts a Competitor to Safety

  By John Rousmaniere and Chris Museler Hamilton, Bermuda, June 25.  With their big fleets, Newport Bermuda Races usually have a few retirements. This year is no exception, with 10 teams dropping out mostly due to relatively small but nagging...
Hassebas navigator and skipper, Alexander Reggio and Olaf Litjens (Chris Museler)

Pulling the Plug

By Chris Museler It’s part of every offshore racer’s DNA: Never Give Up. The very challenge of overcoming everything Mother Nature throws at you is our reason for being. Therefore it is well understood across this year’s Bermuda fleet that...
Black Watch starting the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race. (Daniel Forster/PPL)

Reports from Boats, June 25

  From Black Watch, Skipper John Melvin explains why they stood by Wandrian (with serious steering problems) for more than two days until they reached Bermuda: “Dorade came over when we came over and we decided we were the better platform...
The Grundoom crew, 100 hours in and 37 miles away. A few smiles left.

The Grundoom Log #7: 37 Miles

Chris Museler sees the finish, just ahead We all have our moments. For me, it was cursing when I was trying to get my FWG bibs away from the nasty water on the cabin sole near the head and accidentally...
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...
Bottom of the bucket: Greenport Nachos

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...
Gryphon Solo 2 at the June 20 start. (Talbot Wilson/PPL)

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....
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