Gulf Stream Society

Photo: Daniel Forster/ 2014

The Gulf Stream Society invites all sailors who have completed five or more Newport Bermuda Races to apply for this membership

Gulf Stream Society Pins

Gulf Stream Society pins recognize sailors who have raced to Bermuda (aka "the Onion Patch") 5, 10, and 15 times!

The Newport Bermuda Race is the oldest, regularly scheduled ocean race, and its co-organizers, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and The Cruising Club of America, decided it was high time to recognize the race’s most persistent competitors. The Gulf Stream Society honors those intrepid sailors who have repeatedly set forth from Newport, RI, across the Stream, and celebrated with satisfaction upon arrival off St. Georges and the Bermuda Islands.

More than 50,000 men and women of all ages and 5,000 yachts have sailed in this unique race that is known and respected worldwide as “The Thrash to the Onion Patch.” But how many have sailed the race at least five times?

The Gulf Stream Society invites all sailors who have completed five or more Newport Bermuda Races to apply for this membership. Special recognition will be due those who have sailed in 10, 15, 20 or 25 or more races.

Those qualifying for Gulf Stream Society membership should complete and submit the application below. Once applications are reviewed, qualified members will receive a letter of commendation along with a pin indicating participation in 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 races.  Society membership will posted on the Gulf Stream Society Roll on the Newport Bermuda Race website. The only obligation of Society membership is to wear the membership pin with a smile and to invite those sailors who are struggling with fewer than five races under their belt, to go ahead and sign up for the next race.

Please direct questions and comments to [email protected]

Gulf Stream Society Members

This list is current through the 2022 Race for everyone who has ever applied and been accepted to the Gulf Stream Society. The Committee updated based upon the Official 2022 Crew List and if you "graduated" to a new pin those were mailed in early August 2022. If you believe there is an error, contact [email protected].



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