For Spectators

How to follow the Newport Bermuda Race

Before the race starts on Friday, June 19, 2020, you can keep up to date on race news by signing up for the Newport Bermuda Race Newsletter (bottom of this page) and following one of the race’s social media accounts.

During the week before the start, visit the Newport Bermuda Race Village at Bowen’s Wharf in downtown Newport to learn more about the race and meet sailors and sponsors. You can also check out the fleet as it assembles on the docks at the Newport Shipyard and other major marinas and in Newport and nearby anchorages. The captains’ meeting will be live-streamed through Facebook.

To watch the start, read the spectator guide at the bottom of this page. Race commentators are expected to be live-streaming through the Race’s Facebook page.

During the race, watch the adjacent Race Tracker as well as the News and Gallery sections. Via News and Facebook, you will be able to watch the Prize-Giving in Bermuda, as well.

Watch this space.

Here you will find the tracker when the boats are racing so you can keep up with all the action from the water.


Many of you already know the legend, Warren Brown, and if you don't you should! He has participated in 20 Bermuda Races, sailed over 300,000 miles in 11 different yachts, sailed to the Arctic, and is an all around good guy. He recently participated in our Bermuda Race Prep series, which you can see clips of on our site! ⠀

Join in on our next webinar on March 16th, to see which other sailing legends log in! ⠀
Sign up today, follow the link in our bio! ⠀

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115 years ago the first Bermuda Race took place, most people thought it was insane for amateur sailors to a 635 mi race in boats under 80ft! Now people are still attempting to to break Hugo Vihlen's record of crossing the Atlantic in a 5ft vessel in '93. How insane do you think that is?⠀

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Thinking about joining the Bermuda Race for the first time, but have lots of questions and could use some guidance? Don't worry, the organizing committee has established the Ambassador Program. First time racers will be paired up with CCA/RBYC members who have done it all before and want to share their insights on how to prep for the race. ⠀
Find out more by following the link in our bio! ⠀

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"Don’t put off race because you don’t have the right boat," - David Wilson during last week's webinar "Newport - Bermuda: It's on your Bucket List." Wilson took his Catalina 36, PAU HANA, on the 2016 race. The panelists covered other topics ranging from budget, to sailing double-handed, to different apps and programs to consider.⠀

Full recap and recording on our website.⠀

Photo: Wilson and his crew pulling into @royalbermudayc after finishing in 2016. ⠀

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If you enjoyed our webinar last night and want to learn more about the Gulf Stream, you might also enjoy @whoi.ocean's "Currents of Change" March 9th with Dr. Frank Bohlen, Dr. Magdalena Andres, and Dr. Glen Gawarkiewicz.⠀

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Last night, 136 prospective bluewater racers attended the first of this winter’s Bermuda Race-Prep Series: “It’s on Your Bucket List" presented by Bermuda. In case you missed it, check out the recap and recording on our website.⠀

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TONIGHT (Feb 9th at 7pm EST)! Kicks off our webinar series with "Newport Bermuda – It’s on Your Bucket List" Presented by @Bermuda Tourism and Supported by Goslings Rum.⠀

Still time to join AND get the recording via the link in our profile. ⠀

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Our webinar series starts this Tuesday (Feb 9th) with "Newport Bermuda – It’s on Your Bucket List" Presented by @Bermuda Tourism and Supported by Goslings Rum⠀

What does it take to prepare for and race to Bermuda for the first time? Our Bermuda Race ambassadors explain the basics and answer your questions.⠀

Panelists: ⠀
➡️ Hank Halsted – A veteran of 17 races, Halsted often sails in the Doublehanded Division. He is chairman of the race’s Qualifications Committee, advising captains on how to build out an experienced crew.⠀
➡️ Dick Holliday – A five-time competitor in the race, Holliday serves as head of the race’s ambassador program, pairing less experienced entrants with those who can answer questions on all race topics. ⠀
➡️ David Wilson – A Catalina 36 owner, Wilson has a fresh perspective on sailing the race for the first time, as he did in 2016, and in particular preparing a series-built boat to meet the safety standards for the race. ⠀

Sign up via profile for link to join and recording.⠀

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500 days until the start of the 2022 Newport Bermuda Race!⠀

Are you wondering what it takes to get to this starting line (and more importantly safely to the finish line!) of this classic 635-mile ocean race? On February 9th at 7pm EST we are holding a live webinar to answer those burning questions. ⠀

Sign up to join (and have a recording sent to you after) via link in profile. ⠀

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Watching 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).

Watching from the water

We welcome boats to join our fleet on the water but we ask spectators to be respectful of the competitors and race officials.

There are charter boats available in Newport or you may take your own boat but you must stay in designated areas.

Starts are scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m and continue every ten minutes thereafter until approximately 3:30 p.m. The starting line is between a yellow buoy near Castle Hill and the staff displaying an orange flag on the committee vessel near mid-channel.

Please keep clear of the area outlined by orange inflatable buoys, and the Press Alley outlined by green inflatable buoys (see reverse).

Be kind – No wake.

Please display the bright pink streamer from an antenna or rigging to indicate that you have received this information sheet and are willing to cooperate. Please follow the instructions of the boats flying yellow race committee flags. Listen on VHF Ch. 72 for race information. Please do not transmit on VHF Channels 72 or 06.

Watching from home

There will be a LIVE BROADCAST of the coverage published right here. So stay tuned.


Going to Bermuda? Here is a list of documents for entry and facilities in Bermuda, be sure to read through all the information to be better prepared.