Safe Harbor Marinas named Official Boat Preparation Resource for the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race.

September 6, 2017 – The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has named Safe Harbor Marinas as the Official Boat Preparation Resource for the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race.  Said Bermuda Race Organizing Committee Chairman Jonathan Brewin, “We are very happy to welcome back Brewer Yacht Yards, now owned by Safe Harbor Marinas, as members of the sponsor family for the 51st Bermuda Race.  BROC is especially pleased that Safe Harbor Marinas will again bring its expertise to sailors with its race-preparation seminar.”

The Safe Harbor Offshore Boat Preparation Seminar will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Brewer Pilots Point Marina North Yard clubhouse in Westbrook, CT.

Speakers will include Rives Potts, owner-skipper of the 2010 and 2012 St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy winner Carina, and Newport Bermuda Race Chief Inspector James Phyfe.  The team of Safe Harbor experts will discuss the elements of the most commonly used offshore safety standards, including the US Safety Equipment Requirements (US SERs).  Using images and demonstrations, presenters will discuss the intent behind each requirement and straightforward methods of compliance that won’t break the bank.  New for the 2018 race is the addition of multihull vessels which will also be addressed in the seminar.

While particular emphasis will be placed on the requirements for the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race, common provisions of all offshore racing requirements will be discussed and ample time will be allowed for questions and answers.  Topics will include: hull construction and stability; rigging and sail selection (including storm sails); safety and emergency equipment; training and Safety at Sea credentials; and, navigation and communications devices.

Of value to both racers and cruisers alike, this series will give anyone preparing their boat for extended voyaging the peace of mind that comes with hearing from the most experienced advisors in the industry.

The cost of $149 per boat entitles all crew members to attend.  For more information on the seminar and to register, please visit . For questions, contact Lynn Oliver at

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Safe Harbor Marinas is the largest owner and operator of marinas in the world with over 60 locations across the United States. As part of Safe Harbor’s nationwide network, Brewer Yacht Yards, which comprises 30 properties between Maryland and Massachusetts, has prepared hundreds of boats for distance races and offshore voyages.  From Transatlantic, TransPac, Chicago Mac and Fastnet races to arctic explorations and circumnavigations, Safe Harbor staff has advised owners on gear selection, vessel construction and speed optimization for over forty years.

ABOUT THE NEWPORT BERMUDA RACE: The 2018 Newport BermudaRace that starts on June 15, 2018, off Castle Hill, Newport R.I., is the 51st since the race was founded in 1906. New for 2018, the race will welcome multihulls with several owners already committed to participate. The Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club are co-organizers of the 635-mile race across the Gulf Steam that is widely known as “The Thrash to the Onion Patch.”.
For more information about the race, visit

Safe Harbor Marinas is the Official Boat Preparation Resource of the Newport Bermuda Race Experienced staff at Safe Harbor locations will help you and your crew plan and prepare for a successful race.

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