The start of the Newport Bermuda Race is a spectacular sight from shore and also the water, with more than 150 boats maneuvering and starting off Castle Hill in multiple classes. The first gun is expected at 1:00 p.m., and the last start, by 3:30pm. Watch from the shore, the water, or online. This Spectator Guide will help provide orientation.
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Nic Douglass will bring her acclaimed “Adventures of a Sailor Girl” commentary to Facebook Live coverage of the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race. Nic will be on the water before the start to connect with crews of several yachts and interview New York Yacht Club Race Committee chair Clare Harrington. She will then cover all of the starts from roughly 1pm to 3:30pm and do a wrap-up show at 6pm EDT. To watch the live feed—or view it later—visit the Newport Bermuda Race Facebook or Adventures of a Sailor Girl – Nic Douglass Facebook page. There you will also find more details on Nic’s coverage for the three days before the start.
[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]Watch from the Shore
Because the race start is so close to land, many spectators gather at shoreside public areas, especially Brenton Point and Fort Adams in Newport, and Beavertail and Fort Wetherhill in Jamestown.
Nearest to the start is the famous Castle Hill Inn with its sloping waterfront lawn. (Note, the Inn charges for parking and asks that you not bring food or drink.)
If you are equipped with a VHF radio, you can listen in on VHF 72 Race communications (receive only).
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- Find a charter cruise
- Take your own boat, and follow the rules (.pdf)
- Due to congestion and choppy water, kayaks, paddleboards, canoes and small inflatables are strongly discouraged.
Follow the Race
During the race, news coverage will continue at BermudaRace.com. Fans can also find the position of each boat, shown in real time on the Pantaenius Race Tracker, which can be set to follow favorite boats, a whole class or division, or the entire fleet.
Race fans can also tune in online for regular updates via the Newport Bermuda Race Facebook or Adventures of a Sailor Girl – Nic Douglass Facebook page, including a 6pm EDT Facebook Live show for the duration of the race and featuring the first arrivals at the finish line in Bermuda.