Entry Portal


Skippers or Owners may enter the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race starting at 1300 June 20, 2019.

The entry process is executed on SailGate and is accessible at the links in the red box. At any time before or after the entry opening date, you may create or update your account on SailGate and add or update your vessel information. Doing so will speed your process when entry is available.

If you raced in either the 2016 or 2018 race, you already have an account on SailGate and you are advised to sign in to SailGate using those credentials. The username is a valid email address, and you may request to reset a forgotten password.

If you have not previously used SailGate, for the Newport Bermuda Race, you will need to create an account a Skipper account.

If you are a crewmember expecting to be invited to race, you will receive an email invitation from SailGate initiated by the Entrant (Skipper / Owner) after they have created the crew list for their entry on SailGate. If you wish to update or create your account in advance of receiving an invitation, you may do so via the Crew SailGate link in the red box. Only by responding to an invitation from SailGate will you be joined as crew on the entrant yacht.


The entry system for the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race .

Introduction to SailGate


This guide is intended to help summarize the Entry rules defined in the Notice of Race, which governs.

Click on each row for more detail: 

1. Initiate your entry (SailGate)

Entry may be initiated beginning at 1300 EDT on June 21, 2019 using the SailGate system. Entry will close at midnight April 5, 2020. A deposit of 50% of the entry fee is due upon initiating your entry.

Download our Quick Guide to Entering the Newport Bermuda Race on SailGate for ready reference.

Upon completing the Offshore Experience section, your entry will be reviewed by the Qualifications Committee. Invited entrants will receive an invitation to continue the entry process. Additional information may be requested by the Technical or Qualifications Committees after review of boat and crew experience details.

Some data collected in SailGate, including crew lists, boat particulars, and other information, will be retained to streamline entries to future Bermuda Races. Except as noted below, all forms must be completed and filed, the balance of your entry fee paid and your Captain’s Waiver filed not later than Sunday, April 5th, 2020. You may enter and re-enter the entry system multiple times using your username (email address) and password to complete your entry.

2. Arrange for pre-race inspection

Captains are responsible for arranging an appointment with an Inspector (list available on BermudaRace.com) at a mutually convenient time for their pre-race inspection. Captains are also responsible for preparation of their yacht and its equipment in advance of the agreed inspection time so as to make most efficient use of their Inspector’s time. Inspection must be completed not later than June 5, 2020. (NOR 6.2 a).

3. Arrange berth in Bermuda

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club requires yachts to pre-register for dock space by submitting a form (pdf).  Space is limited and captains are encouraged to sign up early.

4. Attend a US Sailing sanctioned Safety at Sea Course 

Note that at least 30% of a yacht’s crew, including the Captain must have completed a US Sailing-sanctioned Safety At Sea course within 6 years of the Race’s June 19, 2020 start. The Cruising Club of America runs an extensive series of qualifying courses, and other race organizations organize courses as well. Visit the Safety at Sea Courses page for more detail on the training requirements, the CCA course schedule and links to other courses.

5. Arrange for measurement for your ORR Rating

A yacht’s measurement and Certificate Processing arrangement must be be initiated by April 11, 2020 and measurement data for your rating must be in the hands of US Sailing’s Offshore Office no later than May 28, 2020. Captains are responsible for arranging measurement of their yacht by a US Sailing-approved measurer at a mutually convenient time and place. (The US Sailing Offshore office can also help with many rating questions.) Note that measurement may begin as early as the Fall 2019 if major alterations or repairs to your yacht before the start are not expected.

6. File Crew Information and Waiver

Each member of the crew must complete their own individual registration on SailGate and complete waivers not later than June 5, 2020 using the SailGate system.

7. Make sure each crew member has applied for and received a World Sailing Classification

If racing in a division with limits on professional (sailors classified as Group 3), each amateur sailor in the race must have a Group 1 classification. Classifications are valid for two years or earlier depending on his or her professional circumstances. For more about the Sailor Classification Code and instructions for applying for a Classification, visit World Sailing’s website.

8. Sign up for Special Trophies and the Onion Patch series

There are a variety of special trophies for which you may wish to compete. These include regional and team trophies, the family trophy, combined Newport Bermuda and either Annapolis-Newport, Marion to Bermuda or Marblehead to Halifax race awards. The events of the Onion Patch series will be announced later in 2019 and will include results from the Newport Bermuda Race. (Note: The link is currently non-functioning.)

9. Register at Race Headquarters and attend the Captains’ Meeting

Register at Race Headquarters at Seamen’s Church Institute – hours are 1200-1600, Sunday, June 14; 0900-1700 Monday and Tuesday June 15&16; and 0900-1600 Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The Captains’ Meeting will be at the Jane Pickens Theater at 1700 on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

10. Join us at the Start, Friday June 19, 2020

First gun in the East Passage is scheduled at 1300. We’ll see you there.

Checking the storm sails

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