Newport Bermuda News (Feb. 2020)—186 entries and climbing

February 18, 2020

Jay Gowell Newport Bermuda Race Chairman 2020

Message to Sailors and Race Fans from Race Chairman Jay Gowell

Jay Gowell Newport Bermuda Race Chairman 2020
Jay Gowell

Four months to go! When the boats assemble to start the 52nd Thrash to the Onion Patch on June 19, we may well have our biggest fleet in years. We have 186 boats on the entry list so far, and entries don’t close until April 5. However, fees will increase after February 20, so I encourage anyone planning to race to submit your entry and deposit here by Thursday.
If you expect to crew in 2020 and you’re not yet registered in the SailGate entry system, ask your skipper to add your name to the crew list in Sailgate, and you will receive an invitation to race and will start receiving all race communications. You’ll also need to be sure your World Sailing status and any safety training certification have been updated in SailGate.
Our team at the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee is working hard to arrange a memorable event this year. We have a new downtown Race Headquarters at Seaman’s Church Institute for final registration and clearing Bermuda Customs and Immigration, a Race Village at Bowen’s Wharf, and some new sponsors whom we welcome (see below). Meanwhile, our Technical Committee has studied and approved an updated wind scoring matrix for 2020.
We are looking forward to seeing Bermuda Race sailors, families and race fans in Newport in June.

Wind Scoring Matrix Updated for 2020

In 2019, the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee commissioned an analysis to review and propose revisions to the wind matrix used to score the Newport Bermuda Race. Jim Teeters led the project and explains the recommendations, which should level out the playing field for racing in lighter winds. Read more.

Follow @BermudaRace

Visit us on Instagram and follow @BermudaRace to see all the boats who have registered so far, along with our new video series: Youth Offshore! 

Safe Harbor Marinas Returns as Yacht Preparation Resource Sponsor

In early January, the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee named Safe Harbor Marinas, the largest owner and operator of marinas in the world, as Official Yacht Preparation Resource for the upcoming race.  Safe Harbor’s premier network now includes several full-service locations on Narragansett Bay, further amplifying the same sponsorship role they filled in 2018. Read more.

Safe Harbor Marinas logo

Barton & Gray Mariners Club Named Official Sponsor of the Captain’s Meeting
For the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race, the Barton & Gray Mariners Club will be Official Sponsor of the Captain’s Meeting and provide VIP viewing aboard their fleet of Hinckley yachts. Read more.

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