Tonight, 103 Trophies were handed out at the Government House in Bermuda (9 of them for Illusion!), the prize giving ceremony officially marks the end of the 52nd Newport to Bermuda Race. It was a celebration of the return to the 116-year old tradition and the feat of 1,600 sailors and 187 boats who made it to the starting line on June 17th. A minute of silence was observed for the loss of Colin Golder, captain of Morgan of Marietta.
The Race Organizers would like to thank you for following this week and stay tuned because we have already started planning for 53rd Thrash to the Onion Patch. See you on the starting line June 21, 2024.
Check out the prize list on our Official Notice Board (link in bio).
Tomorrow, the inaugural Bermuda Short-Handed Return Race will begin. 20 teams are participating to double or singlehanded back to Newport. The race hopes to engender a safe return environment for competitors through tracking and the knowledge that other competitors are on the course to provide assistance if needed. It is also hoped the race will promote greater interest in short-handed sailing, particularly in light of the Olympic interest under discussion.
It is not just those who raced double-handed to Bermuda participating, many multi-crew race boats will race back shorthanded now and some sailors are even switching boats. @AlchemistRacing sponsored by @bluenoseyachts will have a double-handed women's team now of Sara Stone and Kat Hunt, class winner Chris Dragon’s captain Ed Bahen will sail back with Kyle Hubley, and our Inspection Chief, James Phyfe, switches boats to sail back with Thomas Vander Salm on Yankee Girl.
Learn more about this @nyyc_regattas, @royalbermudayc, @cruisingclubofamerica effort including the Safe Harbors Marinas tracker at the link in our bio.
Yesterday, we learned of and corrected a scoring error in the application of a 30-minute penalty to boats starting OCS. While several boats were over the starting line early in Newport, only one position change is noted, in Class 18: Desperado moves to first place and Alchemist, to second. Our apologies to the crews of the affected boats.
So a big congratulations is in order to @NEKA_Sailing ’s custom J/120 Desperado, captained by Leonid Vasiliev. This group of @WebbSailing Team college students sailed themselves into 2nd place in the Gibbs Hill Division behind @WarriorWonPac52 with a corrected time of 046:04:34.
Please give a big 👏 to Destiny! Thomas Stokes and crew were the final boat to cross the finish line last night. Whoever was responsible onboard for meals receives the “Cooks Award” tomorrow at prize giving.