Bermuda Webinar Series

Race-Prep Series

Winter and Spring 2021 Zoom webinars offered ideas, info, and Q&A with experienced racers. Read recaps and find recordings of each below.

  1. February 9th – "Newport Bermuda- It's on Your Bucket List"
  2. March 16th – “Bermuda Race Tent Party – Sea Stories from Young and Old”
  3. April 13th – “To Finish First, You First Must Finish – Safety & Yacht Preparation for the Bermuda Race”
  4. May 11th – “What Division is Right for Me in the Bermuda Race?”
  5. June 15th -" How to Register for Newport Bermuda – Entries Open June 18"


Registration is free but an RSVP is required.

You can register once for all or just one of the webinars. A link will be emailed to you to join ahead of the meeting.

Recordings will be available after the webinars. Come with your questions and stories to share, inspire, and learn!

If you're interested in sponsoring the race or webinars, contact Bermuda Race sponsorship.

Next Seminar:

We are taking a break for the summer. Stay tuned for more in the Fall.

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Past Seminars:

Newport Bermuda – It’s on Your Bucket List

Presented by Bermuda Tourism

Supported by Goslings Rum

FEBRUARY 9th, 2021 – 7PM

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.


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. 

Trophies at 2018 Newport Bermuda Race Prize-Giving

Bermuda Race Tent Party – Sea Stories from Young and Old

Presented by Goslings Rum supported by Bermuda Tourism and GMT Composites

MARCH 16th, 2021 7PM

Baptized by the Gulf Stream once or as many as 26 times, our story tellers are set to provide stories of the reality and the legend of the 635-mile “Thrash to the Onion Patch.” Bring your questions, too.

Join us on Zoom to kick back and hear a few stories of what it’s really like to sail the “Thrash to the Onion Patch.” Calling all race veterans, too, and we may put you on the hot seat to spin your own yarn.

Featured story-tellers:

Liz Shaw, Rives Potts, Scott Murray, Lindsay Gimple, Ron Weiss, Somers Kempe (race chair and moderator)

Elvis crew at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club

To Finish First, You First Must Finish – Safety & Yacht Preparation for the Bermuda Race

Presented by GMT Composites supported by Bermuda Tourism and Goslings Rum

APRIL 13th, 2021 7PM

Our chief inspector James Phyfe and the head of our safety-at-sea training Mark Lenci will lead this month's seminar with a discussion of typical projects and challenges in prepping a boat and crew for the race in compliance with the Newport Bermuda Race Safety Regulations (NBRSRs).

Join us on Zoom as Lenci describes significant work he did on his production boat, with Phyfe's guidance, in 2016. There will be time for Q&A, as well.

2018 Newport Bermuda Race start Class 9

“What Division is Right for Me in the Bermuda Race?”

MAY 11th, 2021 7PM

Learn the differences between St. David’s, Gibbs Hill, Finisterre and other divisions to decide which “race within the Bermuda Race” is right for you, your boat and your crew.

Vice-Chairman Marc Lenci will host Technical Chair, Nick Nicholson, and former Race Chairman, AJ Evans, for a discussion of what goes into assigning divisions and the differences between them.

“How to Register for Newport Bermuda – Entries Open June 18”


Our entry and race chairs will introduce you to our entry system and show you how to get started with your entry early.

Register for the Newport Bermuda Race Prep Webinars

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