The ‘Jewel of the Atlantic’, Bermuda is less than two hours away from most Eastern US airports. Bermuda ranks as one of the more remote islands in the world. Certainly, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world; those from all walks of life have confirmed this point since the late 18th century when Bermuda began attracting visitors to its far-flung shores. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, the Island is on the same latitude as Cape Hatteras, NC, just 650 miles off the Eastern seaboard. Warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream, Bermuda is a sub-tropical island with lush vegetation; the seasonal rainfall and a stable water table provide sufficient water to support a relatively dense growth accented by splashes of glorious colour. The highlight of the Bermuda yachting calendar is the biennial Newport Bermuda Race. With its beginnings in 1906, the ‘Thrash to the Onion Patch’ has since inspired other long-distance races and has over the years attracted thousands of boats crewed by some tens of thousands of men and women who have raced to this beautiful island.
The Official Rum Sponsor of the Newport Bermuda Race is not your typical corporate purveyor of distilled spirits. Founded in 1806, Goslings has been blending award-winning rums for 212 years including the distinctive Black Seal Rum. The family-owned company proudly describes it perseverance “For Seven Stubborn Generations” and with justification—the company is Bermuda’s largest exporter and oldest business house.
Official Gear Supplier
Helly Hansen Newport has outfitted crews from the America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race and is now the Official Gear Supplier to the Newport Bermuda Race. Helly Hansen Newport, is the oldest Helly Hansen licensed store in North America, and has become a worldwide distributor of the finest boating, winter sports, and rainwear gear available. They have provided solutions to the movie industry, government agencies, large and small corporations, teams and clubs, private boats and other groups. Helly Hansen Newport has outfitted crews from the America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, the Newport to Bermuda Race, as well as many professional skiers and riders. Helly Hansen and Bigweathergear would like to provide you with the right solution for your outdoor needs. To pre-order custom crew gear, email Meghan at Mnorton@bigweathergear.com or visit the Newport Bermuda Race page.
When racing offshore, sailors have to be prepared for anything and everything, and when the ocean tosses up a new challenge, it’s what you have done to prepare that will be essential. North Sails is proud to continue to support Newport – Bermuda Race as the official Performance Partner. As Performance Partner, North Sails will be working with participants to help them optimize their offshore sail inventories. North will be hosting seminars where North Sails experts, and race veterans, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss sail choices and weather routing for the race. The seminars will be held in Portsmouth RI and Milford, CT. Sign up for the location nearest you and receive updates on seminar dates and times.
Official Yacht Preparation Resource
Safe Harbor Marinas currently owns and operates 80 marinas in 18 states making it the largest family of marinas in the world. The company is dedicated to providing its forty-thousand Members and their families with exceptional service, memorable experiences, and unrivaled boating lifestyle. Safe Harbor is a high-speed and innovative organization that focuses on developing its people, excellence in environmental stewardship, and building an iconic 100-year brand. Through their emphasis on creating positive stories for their employees and Members, Safe Harbor has charted a new course for the marina industry and the passion of nautical pursuits.
Newport Shipyard offers downtown dockage, haul-out, refit/repair capabilities and more. As a yachting destination, Newport is hard to beat. The beautiful harbor, lively regatta circuit, charming town life and central location ensure that “America’s sailing capital” lives up to its billing every summer. At the center of the action is Newport Shipyard. With the biggest lifts, cleanest facilities, and the most dock space in town – as well as a full-service yard, ship store, restaurant and fitness center all right on the harbor front – Newport Shipyard has become New England’s yachting hub, attracting the best boats on the East Coast and around the world. At Newport Shipyard, we’re boat people too, and every facet of our operation is geared towards enhancing and promoting life on the water. We have hosted America’s Cup events, two Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, the J Class World Championship, and countless other major regattas and boat shows, along the way becoming the port of call for some of the industry’s biggest movers and shakers. So whether you’re a mega-yacht needing a refit, a cruiser looking for a summer base, a racer campaigning the regatta circuit or a transient just looking for a great place to tie up.
For 85 years, McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers has been serving sailors in the western Long Island Sound. With two full-service yards in Mamaroneck, NY and brokerage offices in Mamaroneck, Newport, RI, and Huntington, NY, McMichael has provided boats, race preparation, and technical support to scores of Bermuda Race competitors over the decades. A customer’s relationship with McMichael starts with the purchase of a new or pre-owned boat and continues as they return to McMichael to maintain, repair, and store their boat. This exceptional service and professionalism have enabled McMichael to become an industry leader. With two full-service yards in Mamaroneck, NY, McMichael performs Newport Bermuda Race preparation ranging from applying custom racing bottoms and installing state-of-the-art instruments to servicing standing and running rigging and weighing boats for rating certificates. A third-generation, family-run business, McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers has represented J Boats and MJM Yachts from their beginnings, is a regional dealer for Hanse and Dehler Yachts, and is the U.S. dealer for the Amel line of luxury passagemakers (excluding the west coast). Our yards have teams of riggers, fiberglass experts, and electronics specialists plus factory-trained and certified technicians servicing Volvo-Penta, Yamaha, and Yanmar engines.
Barton & Gray Mariners Club is thrilled to partner with the 2020 edition of the Newport Bermuda Race, providing start line support and unrestricted viewing aboard their Fleet of Hinckley Yachts. “Our Members have been taking in the action and beauty of the Bermuda Race start aboard our fleet for the past 15 years, so we could not be happier to officially support and celebrate this international sailing event ” said Doug Gray. Founded in 2006 by a group of marine industry and recreation veterans, Barton & Gray Mariners Club set out to create an unparalleled boating experience for its Members. Now with 40 Hinckley Yachts in over 25 Harbors across the Eastern Seaboard & Great Lakes, yachting has never been easier. The Fleet is berthed at the finest marinas and resorts available, and there is no limit to the number of trips a member can take. An in-house concierge team curates every single outing to ensure unforgettable experiences on the water. Circle Manhattan, host a clambake on the beaches of Nantucket, and cruise the Chicago River all in the same weekend. The possibilities are endless with a fleet of captained yachts at your beck and call. Yacht race spectating has long been a favorite activity of Members, from Bermuda, to VOR, America’s Cup and beyond. The only place better than the lawn at Castle Hill, is from the deck of a Barton & Gray Hinckley Yacht.
Founded in 1984, GMT Composites pioneered the use of carbon fiber pre-pregs for sailboat spars. Originally fabricating carbon rudders for America’s Cup boats, the company has been building carbon spars longer than any other spar builder. Their experience and technology has helped a number of owners optimize their boats’ performance to compete at the highest level.