History

October 12, 2020

Three sailors with multiple talents join the Bermuda Race Roll of Honour in 2020: John Alden, Kirk Cooper and Bjorn Johnson.

December 23, 2015

John Rousmaniere reports on a new course record and other excitements of the breezy 2012 race, the fastest in the Newport Bermuda Race’s 110-year history.  “An out of body experience.” That’s how offshore veteran Larry Glenn described the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race. His family boat Runaway, in the seven-entry J-44 Class in the St. David’s […]

November 24, 2015

“It is not the salt in the water that makes sailors.” What was said of a talented crew of Great Lakes sailors who raced to Bermuda many years ago can be repeated about the many other Midwest sailors who have been sailing the race since its early days. When Chris Van Tol, captain of the […]

October 12, 2015

There’s a first time for everything: first steps, first unassisted bike ride, first kiss. And if you’re lucky enough, you will have a first Newport Bermuda Race. Here are first-time sailor stories from the 2014 race. Chris Museler reports.  Like all of the “good” firsts in our lives, the anticipation is easily 50 percent or […]

September 30, 2015

Clip on your safety harness and check out this on-deck account (by Andy Macdonald) of a West Coast crew in the roughest-ever Newport Bermuda Race, in 1972. A response to our post Looking Back: A navigator’s race, Andy’s story first ran in Scuttlebutt.    Kudos to John Rousmaniere for highlighting the navigators’ previously problematic non-electronic search […]

August 5, 2015

A highlight of the Newport Bermuda Race has long been the very enthusiastic, and sometimes very successful, participation of  young crews from service academies. When it was first suggested that the US Naval Academy enter a boat in the Bermuda Race, a captain who was a fierce teetotaler worried that the midshipmen might be corrupted. […]

July 7, 2015

For nearly 110 years, Bermuda Races have started at several American ports. But they all finish at the friendly archipelago that nature and God located 635 miles off the U.S. coast, just enough east of south so the typical race isn’t a long slog, dead to windward. Discovered in 1515 by Juan de Bermudez and […]

June 18, 2015

Here’s a challenge: Sail 635 miles mostly out of sight of land. Cross a chaotic current and then make your landfall on a low island behind a reef. (Oh. . . and you’re navigating a race.) A typical navigator during the first 70 years of the Bermuda Race was described humorously by a shipmate as “crawling […]

May 27, 2015

Winning one Bermuda Race is hard enough, but how do you repeat? Four very different boats have done it over seven decades with a variety of strategies, tactics, and weather, but always with strong crews, careful preparation, and “good admiralship.” Baruna: 1938, 1948 Among the 38 starters in 1938 were the first entry from the […]

May 8, 2015

The Bermuda Race has seen many duels for first to finish. Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente and George Sakellaris’ Shockwave finished just two minutes and then seven minutes apart in 2012 and 2014. Over the years the elapsed time record has been whittled down from three days to a day and a half. 1956: Bolero Breaks the Record (8.8 […]

April 16, 2015

Here is another chapter in our series about Bermuda Race history as we celebrate the 50th “Thrash to the Onion Patch.”  Interest in ocean racing lagged until after World War I.  Before the sixth Bermuda Race in 1923, race chairman Herbert L. Stone laid out a mission statement that identified ocean racing’s broad contributions to […]

March 26, 2015

The Bermuda Race has been attracting great sailors and fascinating yachts since its earliest days. These tales of the schooner era are part of a series of historical segments honoring the upcoming 50th “Thrash to the Onion Patch” in 2016. Bermuda Race veterans are invited to submit their memories to: Media@BermudaRace.com. The challenge of racing to Bermuda […]

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  • This is the first N2B for QUERENICA, a Chesapeake-based X4.3 crewed by friends with a mix of sailing experience, including several with previous class wins in the Bermuda Race on other boats and several doing the race for the first time.

    The boat name, a frequent source of questions, is a metaphysical concept in Spanish that roughly translates to 'one's lair or place where one's strength is drawn from, where you feel your most authentic self'.

    "All of us feel fortunate to be able to participate in the race and are looking forward to joining everyone in June."

    Photo: Will Keyworth/ Spinsheet taken at the Annapolis to Newport.

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    Welcome to the Bermuda Racer Dudely Johson and crew aboard PREVAIL, a custom Tripp 65. See ya on the starting line!

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    Welcome, @liferaftsurvivalequipment as an Official Sponsor to the Newport Bermuda Race 2022! A long-time supporter of Bermuda racers, LRSE is serious about safety and believes that safety must come first for offshore sailors. LRSE offers an expanding library of training videos instructing mariners in the proper use of safety equipment, how to respond in an emergency situation, and, for Newport Bermuda Race competitors, information about dates and deadlines to meet the safety requirements of the race. Learn more about their involvement via the link in our bio under Race News.

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    This PHANTOM is far from dead…. Chris Schoen has taken his XP44 to the race line many a times and has shown us he's is not to be messed with! Good luck PHANTOM!

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    The OCEAN BREEZE is in the race! A 2008 Volvo 70 will be making an appearance on the line. Now a Charter Race boat, this Around-The-World veteran continues to race all over the globe and will be at the 2022 Bermuda Race!

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    Always excited to see so many @OakcliffSail boats on the starting line of the Bermuda Race. This year they plan to field teams for OC86, an RP86; TEMPTATION, a Kerr 50; NUMBERS, a JV66, and two of their Farr 40 TURBOs.

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    How to Better Judge a Weather Forecast’s Accuracy

    Veteran race navigator and oceanographer Frank Bohlen looks back to the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race and points to free resources from the Cruising Club of America for those interested in improving their ability to evaluate a forecast.

    Read the full story via the link in our bio.

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    Hopgrasser is hull No. 1 of the new LM46, a new boat designed and built by @lyman_morse in Maine. Drew Lyman will be at the helm of #LM46 Performance Cruiser.

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    Husband and wife liveaboards, Mark and Carol, were planning on racing and getting married in Bermuda in 2020 just after completing the Race before plans changed. We are glad to see they are back for 2022! Good luck to them!

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