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The Start

The start of the Newport Bermuda Race is a spectacular sight from shore and also the water, with more than 150 boats maneuvering and starting off Castle Hill in ten classes. The first gun is expected at 2:50 p.m., and the last start at 6:00 pm.

Tune in on Land

Because the race start is so close to land, many spectators gather at shoreside public areas such as Brenton Point and Beaver Tail (near Jamestown).  Nearest to the start is the famous Castle Hill Inn with its sloping waterfront lawn.  (Note the Inn charges for parking and asks that you not bring food or drink.)

Watch from the Water

  • Find a charter cruise
  • Take your own boat, and follow the rules (.pdf)
  • Due to congestion and choppy water, kayaks, paddleboards, canoes and small inflatables are strongly discouraged.

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    The Starting area is closely patrolled by Coast Guard and Race Officials Credit: Rousmaniere

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