Newport Bermuda Race News – March 2022

March 28, 2022

By Media Team


2018 Newport Bermuda Race start Class 9
Class 9 starts the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race. Daniel Forster photo

LAST CALL! ENTRIES CLOSE APRIL 3

Entries for the 2022 Race will close at midnight on April 3rd. Currently, we have 220 entries, exactly the maximum number established for the race. However, working closely with venue authorities in Bermuda, we fully expect to be able to accommodate additional boats. If you or someone you know is planning to enter, please initiate entry now, and if you have started your entry but not paid your deposit, you must make the payment to secure your place.

One of Oakcliff Sailing’s Farr 40s, Blue, Starts the 2018 race. Daniel Forster/PPL photo

OAKCLIFF SAILING ENTERS SEVEN BOATS

Oakcliff Sailing, the sailing non-profit based in Oyster Bay, New York, has entered seven boats in this year’s race. Leading the effort is Dawn Riley, a member of the U.S. National Sailing Hall of Fame and executive director of Oakcliff, which in the 12 years since its founding has proven to be a bona fide “sailing university.” The fleet includes a water-ballasted maxi Z86 OC86  (formerly Windquest), JV 66 Numbers, Ker 50 Temptation, and four Farr 40s (Blue, Red, Black, and Gray). Read more

One view of the Gulf Stream and its capricious meanders from southwest to northeast.

GULF STREAM/WEATHER WEBINAR—FRANK BOHLEN (4/27, 7PM)

Oceanographer and veteran Bermuda Race navigator Frank Bohlen will present a webinar to familiarize competitors in this year’s Bermuda Race with resources on the Gulf Stream and weather (register here). Frank will discuss what’s available before, during, and after the Race with particular emphasis on the acquisition and understanding of data describing Gulf Stream location and structure plus the Stream’s role as a “weather breeder.” Read more

OFFSHORE RACING RULE (ORR) UPDATES SPINNAKER SPEEDS

Based on research, the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) has made a major update to its Velocity Prediction Program (VPP). The design and construction of asymmetric sails in particular has resulted in shapes that are more powerful, more efficient, and more stable. These sails are, simply, faster, and the 2022 ORR VPP reflects the off-wind boat speeds that more closely represent what boats are now achieving on the water. Read more

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