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How to Follow the Racing from Fort Adams to Bermuda

7 Ways to Follow the Bermuda Race:


Before the race starts on Friday, June 21, 2024, you can keep up to date on race news by signing up for the Newport Bermuda Race Newsletter and following one of the race's social media accounts (Instagram or Facebook).

During the week before the start June 17-20, there are many things to do around Newport. You can ride a launch from downtown at Sayer's Wharf across the harbor to visit the Race HQ at Sail Newport in Fort Adams. Check out DiscoverNewport.org for more.

Join the Party on June 21st to Watch the Start at Fort Adams 1200-1600. This will be the best viewing available and it's free! New for 2024, the start has moved to right off the shoreline to allow for public access. We will be broadcasting the Starting Line Live Show starting at 1400 in the park with live commentary and an outdoor screen for aerial views. The doors will open at noon, and there will be food trucks, beverage service, music from The Ravers, shopping for Race Gear, and special tents from our sponsors - including a visit from the following week's Newport PGA Championship Trophy! Parking is FREE or use the Providence Ferry and Water Taxis from downtown Newport. (More Details)

Watching the start on the water, we believe the best experience is from the park, but if you are out there on the water, please be safe and follow all directions from our course Marshalls. Traffic will be limited to the west and north sides of the starting line. (See Chart Here for detailed information.)

Watch the start from anywhere in the world online, our Starting Line Live Show will begin at 2:00pm EST on YouTube and bermudarace.com. Tune in for professional commentary from Ken Read, President of North Sails and current Monohull Record Holder in the Bermuda Race, and Jesse Fielding, offshore racer and US Naval Academy Offshore Coach. They will be sharing all the stories from the race from a bird's-eye view.

During the Race (June 21-26), watch the adjacent Palm Beach Motor Yachts Race Tracker brought to you by Palm Beach Yachts as well as the News and Gallery sections of our website and especially our social media as we will be sharing directly from our competitors as they thrash their way to the onion patch.

After the Race, watch the Prize-Giving from Bermuda online right here on bermudarace.com.

Starting Line Party and Live Show at Fort Adams


Join us in person or online for a new Bermuda Race start experience!

Palm Beach Motor Yachts Race Tracker


Here you will find the tracker when the boats are racing so you can keep up with all the action from the water. (Link coming soon)

More Race Information


New for 2024!

Starting Line Party & Live Show at Fort Adams

Schedule:

Friday June 21st

1200 - 1600: Starting Line Party

Doors will open for spectators at Fort Adams State Park at noon with music from The Ravers. Food trucks, the Regatta Bar featuring Goslings Rum and Whalers Beer and New England Fare, and Lawn Games will be open. Helly Hansen and TeamOne Newport will have retail tents open for business, and other sponsors will be there to welcome you as well.

1400-1600: Starting Line Live Show

Delivering an immersive viewing experience never done before. Expert commentary with North Sails' Ken Read and Jesse Fielding, and captivating aerial footage will bring the excitement of the start close-up for those onsite and online. The live stream of the Starting Line Live Show will be on a giant screen in the park and streamed on bermudarace.com.

1400-1600: The Race Begins

The fleet is grouped into classes and starting groups that will cross the line off the western shore of Fort Adams every 10 minutes starting at 1400.

Race Village Attractions:

  • Live Music from The Ravers
  • Food Trucks
  • Regatta Bar featuring Goslings Rum and Whalers Beer and New England Fare
  • Live Broadcast with Commentary on the big screen
  • Shopping with Helly Hansen and Team One Newport
  • Sailors for the Sea, The Sailing Museum, and other non-profit booths
  • US Golf Championship Trophy viewing and putting green
  • Artillery demonstration
  • Fort Adams open for tours
  • Oliver Hazard Perry Tall Ship tours

To receive detailed communications, RSVP for free:

How to Get to Fort Adams:

By Land:

  • Directions
  • Free Parking onsite
  • Bike paths from downtown newport

By Sea:

Seastreak's Providence to Newport Ferry

  • One hour and ten minutes each way
  • Departs 9:30a & 12:30p from Providence to Perotti Park in Newport (then take Newport Harbor Shuttle, See below.)
  • Parking at the ferry terminal in Providence is complimentary and on-site
  • Departs 6:30 pm from Newport
  • $24 Round Trip
  • See seastreak.com to purchase tickets in advance

Jamestown Ferry

  • Daily leaves Jamestown at 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, and 3:00
  • Daily leaves Fort Adams 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00
  • $30 all day or $20 one way
  • See jamestownnewportferry.com for details

Newport Harbor Shuttle

  • Operated by Oldport Marine
  • Departs from Perotti Park every 20 min starting at 11:00 am with 6 stops (see map)
  • $15 hop on hop off all-day

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