North Sails Returns as Performance Partner for Newport Bermuda Race in 2020

June 21, 2019


In October, 2019, Performance Seminars will be hosted by North Sails in Newport RI, Annapolis MD and Milford CT

The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee announces North Sails’ return as the Official Performance Partner for the Newport Bermuda Race in 2020, which will include running a number of the hugely popular ‘Performance Seminars’ that were introduced before the 2018 edition of the race. As the world’s leading sailmaker, North Sails not only powers the podium but offers all competitors in the popular 635-mile offshore race the chance to optimize their sail inventories with seminars focused on weather, navigation, racing strategies and beyond.

The highly anticipated event, which always draws an international fleet of yachts of all sizes, opens for entry registrations on June 21, 2019. In advance of next year’s test of blue-water seamanship, North Sails will be hosting seminars along the East Coast in Newport RI, Annapolis MD and Milford CT - Sign up now for notification of dates and any additional locations will be announced over the course of the next 12 months.

"North Sails strong technology and personnel provide a great asset to the Newport Bermuda Race," said Jay Gowell, Chairman of the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee, "and we welcome them back as Official Performance Partner for 2020. The pre-race seminars they stage for competitors align perfectly with our belief that preparation of crew and yacht is the most important ingredient to sailing a safe and successful race."

Commenting on the continuing partnership, North Sails President Ken Read, who helmed Comanche to race record victory in 2016, concluded, “Personally I have fantastic memories of watching and competing in this blue water classic. And the feedback from our Performance Seminars in 2018 was so positive that we knew we wanted to grow and develop the partnership for 2020. The Newport Bermuda Race will always deliver changeable and challenging conditions that require a flexible sail inventory, solid preparation and adaptable thinking on the water. We’re looking forward to helping all the competitors in any way we can as the entry list grows and can’t wait to make sure the boats are as ready as they can be when the starting gun fires.”

North Sails has a long history with the Newport to Bermuda Race, powering Corinthian cruisers and 100 ft plus racing machines alike. North Sails clients have enjoyed a number of victories and race records over the years. North Sails has more offshore miles, around the world records and ocean racing victories than all other sailmakers combined and prides itself on offering the best sail solutions and services for all boats, no matter what their size or goals. Much of the North Sails offshore success can be attributed to their unique 3Di technology that delivers speed, durability, and reliability. North Sails are constantly refining, redeveloping and innovating their 3Di products so they fit the needs of cruiser-racers under 35 ft through to grand prix racers and super maxis.

First run in 1906, the Newport Bermuda Race is a biennial event, co-organized by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. It is managed by the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee, a joint working group which organizes and presents the race for up to 220 boats. Learn more.

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