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June 19, 2019

New for the 2020, Newport Bermuda Race organizers have teamed up with a pair of online platforms to help sailors, skippers, and race boats connect.In the previous races, the Crew-Finder page has been a popular section of the Bermudarace.com, as crews anxious to do the race have posted their details and skippers short of crew […]

May 20, 2019

A brief letter to prospective 2020 competitors outlines important news regarding the simplified entry process.

May 19, 2019

The new race website aims to improve navigation of the entry process for competitors while engaging fans of the race.

April 23, 2019

A new Race Headquarters and Village will be established at Bowen’s Wharf and Seamen’s Church Institute on Newport’s historic waterfront.

March 29, 2019

An update to prospective 2020 competitors from the race chairman including Inspection options, Safety-At-Sea dates, and more.

Light airs test helmsman and crew of the J/121 Apollo in the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race.

February 27, 2019

Updates from Jay Gowell, race chairman, include Bermuda Race Nights, a new Competitor Guide, and the latest on Safety at Sea courses: Coming soon to your yacht club or one nearby is “Bermuda Race Night.”  The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee is working with several yachts clubs, ranging from Nova Scotia throughout New England, to the Chesapeake […]

Calusa starts 2012 Newport Bermuda Race

February 26, 2019

Skipper Peter Holmes explains how the race is so much more than the five days spent at sea between Newport and Bermuda. Much has been written about the 112-year-old, biennial Bermuda Race, more familiarly known as the Thrash to the Onion Patch. Having recently completed my fourth race to Bermuda in seven years, I was […]

Cruising Club of America safety at sea seminar liferaft boarding

February 18, 2019

Crew safety training is vital to preparing for an offshore race, and for the captain, it starts with building a safety ethos.

January 2, 2019

(Compiled by race historian John Rousmaniere in 2016; updated, Jan. 2019.) The 635-mile biennial Newport Bermuda Race is the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race, one of very few international distance races, and (with the Transpac Race) one of just two of the world’s regularly scheduled races held almost entirely out of sight of land.  Founded […]

Gulf Stream squall ahead during Newport Bermuda Race by John Rousmaniere

November 28, 2018

This year’s Thrash to the Onion Patch is over, but there are stories to tell. We feature a sampling in this edition of Newport Bermuda Race News for race fans, friends and prospective competitors. We also explain how the Race won Gold in 2018, offer news of safety updates for 2020, and throw down an Instagram challenge to show what you’ve been shooting […]

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Starting line boat at Newport Bermuda Race

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Looking for something to watch and stay connected to the sport?
Check out these webinars and videos organized by others in our sailing community: - Peter Isler, @north_sails, and the @americansailingassociation have teamed up for a webinar series that starts April 2nd at 9Pm EDT: https://asa.com/webinars/ (purchase required) - @stormtrysailclub will start releasing a video every Friday from their Offshore Safety-At-Sea Video Library narrated by Gary Jobson starting April 3rd at 9am - @ussailing has launched a new Starboard Portal with new lectures and videos added daily

What are you watching if you can't be out on the water? (Pictured is the Bermuda Marine Operations Centre.) #bermudarace #newportbermuda #sailing #sailors #offshoresailing
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We may not be sailing this year but we still want to inspire and highlight the sailors who take part in offshore sailing. So continuing our Youth Offshore series, Dave Miller looks back on his first Bermuda in 2018. ⠀

What is your favorite memory from your first offshore experience?⠀

#YouthOffshore #OffshoreSailing #BermudaRace #NewportBermuda
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Many hospitals are in short supply of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and it is amazing to see sailors stepping up to donate the masks, gloves, and suits they use for preparing boats to the healthcare professionals in need. ⠀

If you have anything that you can donate we urge you to reach out to your local hospital. We will update our website with places to donate. ⠀

#BermudaRace #NewportBermuda #NewportRI #PPE #Donate #Sailors #SafetyAtSea
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The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ⠀

As representatives of our sponsoring clubs, the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (@RoyalBermudaYC), we believe in the practice of safety as a way of life offshore. Our position has always been that we can only conduct the race if conditions for competitors and local populations made it safe to do so. After continuing to seek guidance from numerous government and medical advisors, it has become evident there is no longer a timeline allowing our sailors and supporters to prepare for and participate in this offshore race safely. ⠀

Read the full competitor bulletin & details visit the link in our profile. ⠀

We would like to say thank you to all competitors for their support, encouragement, and understanding as we have navigated this unprecedented and uncertain time. A special thanks to the dozens of BROC volunteers who have worked so hard to plan and prepare for this race. I assure you that they are, along with the CCA and the RBYC, committed to presenting a spectacular Newport Bermuda Race in 2022.⠀

#BermudaRace #NewportBermuda #OffshoreSailing #COVID19 #SailingNews #NewportRI #Bermuda #StayhomeStaySafe #CruisingClubofAmerica
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RACE UPDATE: As our organizing committee continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, we are taking input from local health and government officials in the U.S. and Bermuda, and we stand ready to respond to their guidance. Our utmost concern is for the safety and well-being of competitors, family, friends and all those who support each end of the race.⠀ ⠀
Our June 19 start date is three months away, and at this point we have made no decision to postpone or cancel the race. We know that a timely decision is important to all involved, as we know everyone is making preparations for the race. To that end, we will make a decision no later than May 1. We recognize that with the trajectory of events, a decision may be made sooner.⠀ ⠀
We invite captains to be in touch with your questions and concerns through a communications form (link in profile), which will help us gather your input and respond more quickly. Our commitment is to be transparent about our decision-making as we go forward. We will provide another update via Competitor Bulletin next week.⠀

#BermudaRace #COVID19 #NewportBermuda #Sailing #Sailors #OffshoreSailing #Bermuda
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The doublehanded division continues to grow.14 competed in 2018 and 23 are registered so far for 2020. Just in the last week, we have 6 new double-handed entries:⠀
⛵️ Aggressive - Raymond Renaud's C&C 35-2 (pictured) ⠀
⛵️ Groupe 5 - Leonid Vasiliev's Figaro II 2.10 Wb⠀
⛵️ Jazz - Rodney Johnstone's J-99⠀
⛵️ Young American Sailing Association #146 - J/105⠀
⛵️ Young American Sailing Association #324 - J/105⠀
⛵️ Magic - Drew Lyman's Seguin 44/46⠀

Check out the full entry list in our profile.⠀

#NewportBermuda #BermudaRace #Sailing #Doublehanded #OffshoreSailing
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No. 8 Competitor Bulletin has been published with important safety training requirements modified due to the cancellation of#SafetyAtSea courses. Go to link in profile for the latest updates. ⠀

#BermudaRace #NewportBermuda #SafetyAtSea
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100 days until the start! So let's take a break to look back on the last 100 years. ⠀
The Bermuda Race Roll of Honour recognizes and celebrates extraordinary achievement in or concerning the Newport Bermuda Race and its predecessor races. ⠀

Inaugurated in 2006 on the 100th anniversary of the first race, 10 individuals have now been selected to join the Bermuda Race Roll of Honour. Current members of the Roll of Honour include the race’s founder, one of Bermuda’s greatest ocean sailors, multiple race record holders, one of the race’s most successful designers, and two of the greatest heroes in the history of sailing.⠀

Learn more who they are and how they contributed to one of the greatest ocean races via link in our profile.⠀

#NewportBermuda #BermudaRace #Sailors #Sailing #OffshoreSailing
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It is 100 days until the start of the 2020 Bermuda Race! On June 19th, 197 boats will head 635 miles south from Bermuda for the 52nd Thrash to the Onion Patch.⠀

Will you be there sailing ⛵️, watching 👀 , or cheering🥂 ?! Tag your crewmates and friends below 👇🏼to start the countdown. ⠀

📸: Daniel Forster⠀

#BermudaRace #NewportBermuda #OffshoreSailing #Sailors #100days #OnionPatch #Bermuda #Newport #FortAdams #CastleHill #StDavidsLighthouse #CruisingClubofAmerica @RoyalBermudaYC
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