53rd Boat Registers for 53rd Thrash to the Onion Patch Ahead of Early Bird Deadline

September 14, 2023

By Kate Wilson

It only seems fitting that the 53rd boat to register for the 53rd Bermuda Race is the one and only Spirit of Bermuda, the sailing training vessel of the Bermuda Sloop Foundation (BSF). Launched in 2006, this cold-molded wooden 112-foot sloop is a replica of a Royal Navy warship and was purpose-built for educational youth programs based in Bermuda. Since her first sail, the BRF states that “over seven thousand youth between the ages of 11 to 25 have embarked on educational voyages, sailing around Bermuda, to the U.S., Azores, and Caribbean.”  The Newport Bermuda Race has been among those voyages since 2012 and will again join this ship's log in 2024.

SPIRIT OF BERMUDA Class 01 BER688 / Bermuda Sloop Foundation Bermuda Sloop/3 Masted Schooner Photo Credit: Daniel Forster

Also among the flurry of entries this week before the closing of early bird registration, BROC welcomes back its first Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division entry Dream CrusherDevin McGranahan’s Kernan 47 last participated in 2018 in this division, which attracts the faster race programs.  

Dan Litchfield also registeredhis beautiful classic Hound in the St. David's Lighthouse Division. Litchfield and his crew onboard the Aage Nielsen 59 won their class in 2022 and took the top prize in IRC One earlier this year at the RORC Carribean 600. 

HOUND Class 15 Winner in 2022 / USA2650/ Dan Litchfield/ K. Aage Nielsen Sloop - Photo Credit: Daniel Forster

A reminder that registration fees do increase by $5 per foot on September 22nd, 2023. Please refer to the Notice of Race for each division's full rates and all deadlines. Go to to use our new streamlined registration system to get started. 

Head over to our social media accounts on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more welcomes of new boats that join the line up or check out the full entry list on

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