We’re writing to make you aware of a few important items as we count down the last few days before the start of the race. This week will be a busy period in Race HQ at Sail Newport. Race ambassador volunteers will be onsite and will be limiting the number of people inside—queuing will be outside; plan for this in case of inclement weather. We are requesting that you wear a mask at all times while indoors. There will be masks and hand sanitizer available.
Captains to Registration; All Sailors to Bermuda Immigration
Note that Captains/PIC (persons in charge) are the only crewmembers who need to complete onsite registration in person; they should do so as early as possible, but only after:
- all crew on the crew list have reported to the captain that they have a negative COVID test meeting the requirements for receiving an MTA for travel to Bermuda
- and the crew list in Sailgate is final and represents all and only the crew racing on the boat.
Captains will queue for registration on the East side (Harbor side) of the building and will enter the building on the upper deck level. Ambassadors will guide you.
After receiving a negative COVID test and being confirmed on a crew list, ALL SAILORS should present themselves to Bermuda Immigration at Sail Newport for pre-clearance. The queue for clearing Immigration will be on the East side (Harbor side) of the building, and sailors shall enter the building on the upper deck level. Ambassadors will guide you.
The schedule for Registration and Bermuda Immigration pre-clearance is posted online here: https://bermudarace.com/calendar/
Location of TestZone COVID-19 Testing
If you signed up for In-person testing (not virtual) by TestZone in Newport it will take place at Sail Newport, the same location as onsite Registration and Bermuda Immigration pre-clearance. Entrance will be through the doors on the south side of the building on the upper deck level.
Sailing Instructions & Scratch Sheets available in digital format only
The Sailing Instructions (SIs) have been posted to the Official Noticeboard (ONB). In an effort to reduce use of unnecessary paper, Captains/PIC will not receive paper printouts of SIs or Scratch Sheets at the Captains Meeting. These documents will be available for download from the ONB. Scratch sheets will be posted by 1600 Thursday June 16th.
Launch Service to Race HQ at Sail Newport Next Week
Oldport Launch Service at 1 Sayers Wharf Newport (next to The Mooring Restaurant on America’s Cup Boulevard), has agreed to increase their service (normally hourly beginning at 8am) to accommodate competitors crossing the harbor to Sail Newport during the peak hours of registration, Tuesday through Thursday. Starting at 11am, service will be every half hour on the half hour as long as there is a need each day. Oldport will also have a Spectator Boat to view the start. Call 401 847 9109 oldportmarine.com
U.S. Drops Required COVID Test for Travelers Returning to U.S. by Air
Major news outlets reported today that starting this Sunday morning (6/12), passengers will be able to board flights to the U.S. without a negative coronavirus test. Dropping this U.S. government requirement will simplify the return from Bermuda by air for crews and family. CNBC News report
2022 Awards, Prizes and Prize-Giving
Please read the detail on 2022 awards and prizes in these documents by Awards Chair Robert Darbee: “Awards and Prizes” provides an overview of the more than 100 prizes available in the Race and the protocol for invitations to the Prize-Giving Ceremony at Government House. “Prize List” is the master list of prizes. “Stephens Brothers Society 2022” describes eligibility for younger crewmembers (ages 14-23) to be nominated by their skipper to join the society and receive a pin once they finish the race in Bermuda.
Somers Kempe, Chairman
2022 Bermuda Race Organizing Committee