Multihulls to be welcomed in the 2018 Newport-Bermuda Race

March 24, 2017

By H.L. DeVore


 

March 27, 2017 – The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) is pleased to announce that multihulls will be welcomed into the 2018 edition of the Newport Bermuda Race.  Commodore Jim Binch of the Cruising Club of America, Commodore Leatrice Oatley of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Race Chairman Jonathan Brewin issued a joint statement:

“We are very pleased after careful study and consideration of the unique and challenging characteristics of our race to welcome multihulls of 58 feet and longer.”

Some of the “unique and challenging” characteristics that the Commodores and Chairman refer to are that the race crosses the Gulf Stream; the race is sailed principally offshore beyond coastal rescue resources; the race is generally a tight reach (i.e. not a downwind race).  Addressing further these issues Commodore Binch stated:

“We take safety very seriously.  The Cruising Club of America committees have studied the issues exhaustively.  Our Technical and Safety committees have been communicating with experienced owners and leading multihull designers.  I am pleased with their recommendations for this historic first inclusion.”

It is anticipated that there will be 10-15 multihulls on the starting line in June of 2018 if not more.  Owners have expressed interested in the past and some having heard of this announcement are already stating they will come.  Greg Gigliotti owner of “Tribe”, a Gunboat 62, said enthusiastically “Absolutely, We’re in!”.  Also committed is New York Yacht Club Commodore Phil Lotz with his Gunboat 60 “Arethusa”.  Commodore Lotz reached at the St. Thomas Spring Regatta spoke of his enthusiasm for the Gunboats, and the HH’s and other ocean-going multihulls from Morelli & Melvin, Nigel Irens and other leading designers to compete for the first-ever Bermuda Race multihull line honors.

Appropriate classes will be made within the multihull division, separating high performance, performance-cruising and cruising multihulls, using a new VPP-based rating system from the ORA called ORR-MH. Therefore, it will not just be a battle for line honors. There are 445 days to the start of the 51st running of the race.  A lot can happen between now and then.  Stay tuned for more news and updates.

Interested multihull owners should contact info@bermudarace.com to discuss crew requirements.  Crew requirements for multihulls will be separate from normal Bermuda Race requirements and will require all crew to have completed a significant race or passage and 100% of crew attending “hands-on safety-at-sea” seminars.

Greg Gigliotti’s “Tribe” will be one of the first-ever multihulls to compete in the Newport-Bermuda Race.  Gigliotti, when learning of the announcement, said “Absolutely, We’re in!”

 

Phil Lotz and Wendy Lotz are also planning to compete with their catamaran “Arethusa”.

 

Multihull owners interested in entering should contact info@bermudarace.com
Media & press inquiries should be sent to media@bermudarace.com

Latest Bermuda Race News


May 19, 2022

Somers Kempe Bermuda Race Chairman

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

Reminder of on-site testing pre-registration deadline, how to obtain valid sailor categorization, special-entry prizes and more

May 19, 2022

Media Update: Sherwin Leads Bermudian Hopes in Newport Bermuda Race

The 2022 race has 3 Bermudian entrants ranging from 40-footers to the three-masted schooner Spirit of Bermuda

May 16, 2022

Newport-Bermuda Race logo

Competitor Bulletin #16 – May 20 Registration Deadline for On-site COVID-19 Testing in Newport

A reminder for competitors of the deadline if you would like to arrange COVID testing at Race HQ in Newport

SPONSORS


Official Host

Official Rum

Safe Harbor Marinas logo

Premier Sponsor

Race Tracker Sponsor

Official Hospitality Sponsor

Official Performance Partner

Official Shipyard

Official Sponsor

Official Sponsor

Official Luxury Hospitality Sponsor

Official Media Sponsor

Official Sponsor

Official Media Sponsor

Official Gear Supplier

Helly-Hansen-Newport-Logo

Official Gear Supplier

Official Sponsor

Official Connectivity Sponsor

Official Sponsor

Official Sustainability Sponsor

SUPPORTERS


Become a Race Fan!

Get our Race News right your Inbox