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Ørsted Partners with Newport Bermuda Race: Sailing Towards a Sustainable Future

May 22, 2024

By Kate Somers


The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee is delighted to announce an exciting partnership with Ørsted, a leading clean energy developer. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in fostering sustainability and promoting responsible navigation practices within the sailing community.

Ørsted, in partnership with Eversource, is currently developing Revolution Wind off the coastline of Rhode Island, so race organizers proactively reached out to inquire how construction of the wind farm could affect navigation of sailors participating in the 53rd Newport Bermuda Race.

"Their responsiveness and willingness to work with us have been exceptional,” says Race Chair Andrew Kallfelz. “They are providing resources, such as updated chart files and invites to their simulator for our navigators the week of the Race to help with race preparation."

John Mansolillo, Ørsted's local Marine Affairs manager based in Rhode Island, highlighted the company's commitment to promoting harmony between offshore wind development and maritime activities. "Ørsted recognizes the ocean as a shared space where mariners and offshore wind can thrive side by side," Mansolillo stated. "Through our partnership with the Newport Bermuda Race, we aim to demonstrate that sustainable energy solutions and recreational sailing can coexist."

As part of their collaboration, Ørsted is extending an invitation to the navigators of participating teams to experience a firsthand look at their operations. Navigators will virtually helm a vessel through a wind farm at the Revolution Wind Simulator, in Middletown, Rhode Island.  "This immersive experience will enhance their understanding of safe navigation practices in proximity to wind farms." To sign up, RSVP Here.

In line with Ørsted's dedication to delivering clean energy solutions globally, they are also energizing our new Starting Line Live Show. This dynamic broadcast will offer comprehensive coverage from various perspectives, capturing the excitement of the race start off Fort Adams on June 21st. This show is hosted by North Sails President, Ken Read, alongside esteemed local professional sailor, Jesse Fielding. It features on-water reporting from the accomplished Cole Brauer, the first American woman to sail solo around the world non-stop. 

Viewers can witness all the thrilling action unfold on the big screen inside the park and tune in from anywhere worldwide via bermudarace.com, with coverage commencing at 2 pm. This innovative initiative not only amplifies the race experience but also underscores Ørsted's commitment to advancing sustainability through innovative partnerships and engaging platforms.

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