Best-practice tips in preparing to race the Newport Bermuda Race under the Offshore Racing Rule. By Bjorn Johnson Sailing teams preparing for the Newport Bermuda Race in March are understandably concentrating on registering their boats, settling crew lists, and filing all of the required electronic data in the Sailgate entry system. It’s good to pause […]

The Cruising Club of America will offer a seminar two days before the Newport Bermuda start to ensure entrants receive required safety training. Newport Bermuda Race rules require that 30 percent of each crew complete vital safety training. That requirement, combined with a rising demand for safety training generally, maxed out seminar capacity and prompted the […]

In this bulletin: safety, medical and race-prep seminars; the official race preview; the ORR’s allowance for large roach headsails and more. Chairman’s Update: Energy and enthusiasm for the Race continue to build. Since last week’s bulletin, our Race Preview has been posted to the website and our list of entry applications continues to grow, with nearly 170 […]

The Offshore Racing Association (ORA) has introduced Large Roach Headsails (LRH) into the 2018 Offshore Racing Rule (ORR), which will allow their use in most divisions in the Newport Bermuda Race (see NOR). Here’s the explanation from ORA Technical Director, Jim Teeters. Large Roach Headsails reside in the “no-man’s” land between headsails (genoas/jibs) and spinnakers that […]

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