History

June 17, 2022

US Naval Academy participation in the Bermuda Race extends back 84 years and features two boats this year: Kodiak and Wasp

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 […]

March 5, 2015

With the 50th Bermuda Race coming up in 2016, we’re gathering stories of past “Thrashes to the Onion Patch.” Here we go back to the first race, when the idea of amateur sailors going to sea in normal boats was widely considered insane.       “Deep sea racing was inevitable. It simply had to come.” […]

February 11, 2015

With the 50th Bermuda Race coming up in 2016,we’re gathering stories of past races. Here, JOHN ROUSMANIERE remembers 2008 in Selkie.  Submit your memories to: Media@BermudaRace.com. Some things are too special to do all the time, which I suppose is why I’ve sailed only eight Newport Bermuda Races since my first one in 1966. It […]

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  • This weekend is the @SafeHarborMarinas Race Weekend in Newport. Class 12 Winner Andrew Weiss will be there. Here is a throwback to his interview with Dave Reed after completing this year's #BermudaRace. To watch head to our YouTube Channel via the link in our bio.

    BLACK WATCH was THE race boat to beat when she was built (specifically for the Newport Bermuda Race by Sparkman & Stephens in 1938) and she just keeps going. She finished 6th in the very competitive Class 15 (1st through 8th all corrected within 2 hours) and continues to Race all summer in the Classic Yacht circuit this summer. Last week, she raced in Maine and will now be heading to Nantucket and back to Newport for more @ClassicYachtOA regattas.

    Will Starkey captured this image of them in the Gulf Stream this year.

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    How's it looking into your next week? Ready to go back offshore again?

    Picture from @cgaoffshoresailing WINGS

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    Sail repair at sea was definitely a skill set that was honored and honed in this last edition! Pictured is PAX's onboard spinnaker repair from Chris Krayer.

    #BermudaRace #LifeintheGulfStream #sailors

    Good luck to @11thHourTeam who have wrapped their time West and are now headed back to France to prepare for @TheOceanRace starting January 2023. The next time they will be back in Newport is May of next year for the Stopover. We are so glad the Bermuda Race gets to be part of their story and journey.

    Follow their Transatlantic journey at @11thHourTeam

    Photo: Daniel Forster

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    Cheers, it's Friday!

    Photo: White Rhino finishing the #BermudaRace this year by Chris Burville

    "Sailing is one of those things, when you know what you’re doing, the confidence is high, and when the confidence is high, your enjoyment goes through the roof. And then you can be offshore and go, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve never seen clouds like that.’ It’s so gorgeous out there, no matter the weather.” – Peter Becker, skipper of Young American, J/105

    Becker sailed both the Bermuda Race and the Bermuda Short-Handed Return (BSHR) doublehanded with 18-year-old Adrien Blanc. Becker and Blanc sailed south doublehanded—finishing 2nd in Class 6—and then did the return race, finishing fourth in Class 2.

    Becker was also behind the idea of the BSHR. “With doublehanded sailing, it’s the same kind of ethos. All these sailors who came back took care of themselves. Doublehanding, you’re short so you have to be serious, but you’ve got a co-skipper to fall back on. I think we achieved that, and everybody was enthusiastic. From what I hear the next edition, two years from now, there will be even more. People are excited.”

    Would you do the race or return doublehanded?!

    Photo: Chris Burville

    Happy Friday! May you find your pot of gold out there this weekend.

    Photo: Peter Torosian onboard Pinnacle

    In case you are still scrolling through those photos from Newport-Bermuda 2022, you can still share them with us so we can share with the world: bermudarace.com/upload (link in bio).

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