Competitor Bulletin #17 – COVID Test Pre-Registration; Sailor Categorization

May 19, 2022

By Media Team

Somers Kempe Bermuda Race Chairman

Dear Sailors:
Final reminder: the deadline is tomorrow for COVID-19 test registration with TestZone
, our provider of pre-race on-site testing at Sail Newport and one of our providers of proctored testing by video—click here to pre-register.

As we wrote recently, we have made arrangements with two COVID-19 testing services with which you may work, at your option, to obtain the required negative pre-race tests to allow you to receive your Bermuda Mariner’s Travel Authorization. To date, a minority of the fleet has registered with one of these services—either TestZone or Fit to Fly BDA. You still have time to register for a proctored Antigen test with FittoFlyBDA (on a space-available basis). You also may make your own arrangements for testing. Now is a good time to decide on the best option for you and your crew.
See our COVID-19 page for full details on all options and follow links to register.

WorldSailing SailorIDs and Categorizations can now be processed on-line & Group categorizations and valid dates are now imported into SailGate

All Sailors who need a valid Group 1 Categorization (that will be most competitors in St. Davids, Finisterre, and DH): 

If your valid group categorization is not displayed in SailGate after being issued by WorldSailing, first ensure your Sailor ID is correctly entered in your SailGate profile (miscellaneous/settings). If after 24 hours you still do not see your valid categorization please contact

All Captains 

  • Immediately access and carefully review your ‘Live Entry Status’ page in SailGate (Sign-in > Races > Newport Bermuda Race > Live Entry Status) to ensure your crew list is correct and all crew have accepted their invitations, and that your boat and crew meet the requirements to race in the entered division. Sailor Categorizations, validated training, and required info for all crew are displayed in your crew table. All outstanding items indicated in your Live Entry Status view must be resolved before you can complete on-site Registration. Your crew table and entry tasks should indicate green check marks in Live Entry Status unless noted.  

Special Entry is required to compete for five race prizes.

Each year some sailors fail to register for the Special Trophies before the race and subsequently miss out on some terrific prizes they could have won! Don’t let this be you. 
Glenn Family Prize—rewards family crew participation
H. Irving Pratt 3-Boat Team—a chance to compete as a team
Regional Trophy Selection—recognizing those who come a distance to race
City of Newport Trophy—for “best performing ‘foreign’ yacht
Stephens Brothers Youth Prize—for top performance by a youth crew

Gulf Stream Preparation

2022 Gulf Stream Analysis, One Month to Go is the first of three pre-race notes by navigator and oceanographer Frank Bohlen encouraging early study of the form and structure of the Gulf Stream this year.

Warm regards,

Somers Kempe, Chairman
2022 Bermuda Race Organizing Committee
[email protected] .

AkzoNobel coatings in action. Thierry Martinez photo

Race Partner Offers

Technical Brief: AkzoNobel, Bringing You Confidence in Coatings: Be sure to get the best finish and find the best products to fit out your boat. Official Sponsor AkzoNobel’s Interlux brand brings you Custom Paint Guides to offer detailed step-by-step instructions, videos, and expert advice to help you achieve head-turning results. Read more

Official sustainability sponsor Sea Bags wants to recycle your old sails. 
You can drop off old sails at Sail Newport and also check out our limited-edition commemorative collection of Newport Bermuda Race products including a totewristlet, and a beverage bucket.

As the Official Connectivity Sponsor of the 2022 Newport Bermuda race, KVH is offering race participants 30% off MSRP on purchase of the award-winning TracPhone® V30 and FREE SATCOM data this June! Enjoy affordable and flexible connectivity at sea with the ultra-compact, lightweight 37cm V30, featuring single-cable installation with DC power and speeds as fast as 6/2 Mbps (down/up). Special offer ends May 31—contact Alexandra Mouligné at [email protected] today!

Hammetts Hotel: Special Offer for Competitors, Family and Friends—Win a free three-night stay for next fall from our Official Hospitality Sponsor, located on the downtown harbor waterfront. Enter your email address here.

Visit Helly Hansen Newport Bermuda Race Official Gear—hats, vests, T-shirts and top gear designed with safety and style in mind: bibs, jackets, boots, underlayers and more. Contact “Crew Order Personal Shoppers” at 401-849-6666 ext 4

Team One Newport will provide Official Gear with race logo and team name on Musto, Dubarry, Patagonia, Zhik, North Sails, Gill and more. Visit the Newport Bermuda Race Store or for embroidery and team sales at 401-847-4327; 800-VIP-GEAR

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