Admiral Bill Merlin drives across the finish line the Newport Bermuda Race. His first two Newport Bermudas were in 1954 and 1956. Chris Museler photo

Merlin’s Path: A Strong Grip on the Wheel

Merlin has put in many miles already under its new owner, Chip Merlin, and is just getting started. By Chris Museler It was impossible to make up the five hours that wound up separating Merlin and a top three position...
Before dawn on Wednesday, dozens of boats cut silhouettes like this one as they beat to the finish at St. David's Lighthouse. Adventures of a Sailor Girl photo

Wednesday Sunrise Welcomes Bermuda-Bound Racers

The fleet came in quickly on Wednesday, with the media team covering both ends of the starting line. By John Burnham The majority of the 2018 Newport Bermuda Fleet crossed the St. David’s Lighthouse finish line either just before or...
Merlin Normal Angle of Heel Dawn

Tuesday Tracker Update and Blogs from the Boats

Several boats finished late Tuesday afternoon, including the first boats in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division—Merlin, Kodiak, and Temptation – Oakcliff. The boats in the second half of the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division Class 15 began to finish after a long...
Merlin final approach to Bermuda

Merlin’s Path: Been There, Done That on the Final Approaches

As Merlin closes on the finish line, the adrenalin is flowing. By Chris Museler It’s Kuli’s ninth Bermuda Race. He’s Russian-American with a thick accent that makes any who grew up during the Cold War think he’s a spy. Right...
Pantaenius tracker on Tuesday morning

The Newport Bermuda Fleet is on the Move

Overnight, the TP52 Spookie finished, the sixth boat across the line in the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race, well in front of the other 162 boats still racing. Finishing a full 24 hours after Warrior, Wizard and Proteus, the smaller Spookie...
Chip and Bill Merlin

Merlin’s Path: A Father’s Day to Remember

Bill and Chip Merlin enjoyed a special day aboard the yacht Merlin. By Chris Museler Our spectacular morning of reaching through the Gulf Stream on Sunday came to a grinding halt when we parked up next to the Gunboat Tribe...
Elvis crew at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club

Wizard and Elvis Look Strong for Gibbs Hill and Multihull Silver

Lighter winds on the racecourse put the clubhouse leaders in a strong position to win their divisions. By John Burnham Five fast race boats between 62 and 88 feet long were docked in Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda, on Monday morning, waiting...
Keahi Ho steers Merlin under spinnaker on Saturday. Chris Museler photo

Merlin’s Path: The Hawaiian Connection

On the third day of the race, Merlin‘s crew is settling into the rhythm of the race, sailing well despite light winds, and getting to know each other. By Chris Museler It’s not unusual to see other competitors sailing across...
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