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    The 51st Newport Bermuda Race

    will start Friday, June 15th 2018


Drive On!

Stuart Streuli, racing in Defiance, reports the joys of steering a good boat in a good breeze–and the doubts and training that brought him there. “Whatever comes, we’ll keep driving on,” he writes. “Getting too focused on the finish will...
Frank Bohlen (Barry Pickthall/PPL)

The Road to Bermuda: So That’s How You Find the Gulf Stream!

Chris Museler updates Aura’s progress and morale as the race reaches midpoint, with Father’s Day, steering lessons, and some insights into the Stream and navigation all coming together during one watch.   Here’s to a fine halfway point for this...
Inisharon under light sails in the 2012 race. (Barry Pickthall/PPL)

Punching Through the Stream, the Pack Nears Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 20, 8AM. By John Rousmaniere. When dawn blessed Bermuda on Monday, Comanche was still a very lonely yacht in the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club marina a full day after the 100-footer’s crew, led by Kenny Read with...
2016 Newport to Bermuda Race

Comanche chops hours from Newport Bermuda line honours record

Dateline- Hamilton, Bermuda: June 19, 2016— Comanche has set a Newport Bermuda Race record celebrating her line honours victory in the 50th Thrash to the Onion Patch, Newport Bermuda 2016. Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark’s 100 foot screamer, skippered by Ken...
Chris Museler

The Road to Bermuda: Chris Museler Reports from Aura

Chris Museler’s usual ride to Bermuda is in a very hot boat, but this year, after his first ride opted not to race and the second had equipment problems, he’s trimming sails in what he calls “a speed-limit boat”—the Swan...
2016 Newport to Bermuda Race

“Champagne Conditions” for Comanche, Seeking Race Record

Less than 24 hours into the race, Comanche is already through the Gulf Steam and pressing to break Rambler’s elapsed time record from 2012. “We’re in Champagne conditions, making 20-25 knots,” said skipper Kenny Read.   Newport, June 18, 4:30PM....
It's pretty, and also pretty light.

Stu Streuli Reports from Defiance: Lots of Surprises Out There

Skilled sailing journalist Stuart Streuli reports from the race course, where the living is easy, but the winds and the VMG aren’t quite what was predicted.  And there’s an important birthday. For the crew of Peter Noonan’s Swan 56 Defiance,...
Comanche charges out of Narragansett Bay, as always with plenty of attention. (Daniel Forster/PPL)

Newport Bermuda Race Starts: Easy Sailing, More Weather Debate

Newport, RI.  June 18, 2016. 10AM. By JOHN ROUSMANIERE. The first night of the 50th Bermuda Race found the 130 boats in the fleet reaching comfortably in a light westerly wind, most tightly bunched well behind the leader, Comanche. Jim...
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