Newport Bermuda Race
The 635-mile biennial Newport Bermuda Race is the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race, one of very few international distance races, and (with the Transpac Race) one of just two of the world’s regularly scheduled races held almost entirely out of sight of land.
The 2020 race is the 52nd since the 1906 founding, and it also marks the 92nd anniversary of the relationship between the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, serving as co-managers and working through the volunteer Bermuda Race Organizing Committee.
Its purpose was stated in 1923 by Cruising Club of America Commodore Herbert L. Stone: “In order to encourage the designing, building, and sailing of small seaworthy yachts, to make popular cruising upon deep water, and to develop in the amateur sailor a love of true seamanship, and to give opportunity to become proficient in the art of navigation. . . .”
The race attracts sailors from across North America and the globe.
Navigational and Tactical decisions
The race is just a two to three day blast for our boats depending on weather which will see us one of the first boats in. The trick to a podium place though is navigating across the Gulf Stream in the most efficient manner. With currents running right to left across the course at up to 4.5 kts and strong squalls each night in the region around that wonderfully warm Northbound flow it is those that understand and use the conditions to their advantage best that will take home the glory.
We will run a two-day training session before the start to bring you up to speed with our high levels of safety awareness and offshore crew management systems and to give you the information you need to be able to push our boats fast.
If you have been thinking you might one day do the The Bermuda Race-do it in style with a World Class Skipper, a Pedigree Race Boat and Full safety & Deck Operations training- all at a great price.
The Onion Patch Series (optional)
The Onion Patch Series, which includes the Newport Bermuda Race, is 3-race series that includes a round-the-buoy race in Newport the week before the Newport Bermuda Race, the Newport Bermuda Race itself, and another weekend of buoy racing once boats have arrived in Bermuda.
Event 1: The NYYC Annual Regatta – These two days of racing, the weekend before the Newport Bermuda Race, are typically windward-leeward courses off Newport, RI. In even years, the Annual Regatta is a great tune-up opportunity for the Newport Bermuda Race.
Event 2: The Newport Bermuda Race – This classic ocean race starts off Castle Hill on Friday, June 19th and concludes 635 Atlantic Ocean miles later off Bermuda’s landmark St David’s Lighthouse.
Event 3: The RBYC Anniversary Regatta – Two races Bermuda on the Friday after the Newport Bermuda Race. In recent years the format has included a windward-leeward race and a beautiful around the buoys race in the Great Sound, Granaway Deep, Port Royal Bay, and finishing near the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel and the docks of the RBYC in Hamilton Harbour. The RBYC Anniversary Regatta is open to all qualified yachts in Bermuda not just yachts entered in the complete series.
All yachts sailing in the St. David’s Lighthouse or Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Divisions of the Newport Bermuda Race and that also sail in the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta may enter and compete for Onion Patch Series awards.
Read more about the history of the onions on Bermuda
New Port Bermuda Race Schedule 2020
- Saturday, June 13th: Onion Patch Series (optional)
- Sunday, June 14th: NYYC Annual Regatta (optional)
- Wednesday, 17th June: Training & Crew party
- Thursday, 18th June: Training, Preparation for the race, Captain’s Meeting
- Friday, 19th June: Start Newport Bermuda Race
- Friday, 26th June: Anniversary regatta/Onion Patch Series (Optional)
- Saturday, 27th June: Prize giving
Other important dates
- Deadline application for entry: April 1st
Package Newport Bermuda Race 2020
The Newport-Bermuda Race is reknown for its interesting tactical challenge as it crosses the Gulf Stream
Although only a 2-3 day blast for our boats – the Bermuda Race course is a real challenge for crews and tacticians as they navigate the Gulf Stream.
We will run a two day training session before the start to bring you up to speed with our high levels of safety awareness and offshore crew management systems and to give you the information you need to be able to push our boats fast.
- Food while on the boat
- Accommodation on the boat once training has begun
- 2 days of safety training prior to the event
- Crew shirt to wear onboard & keep
- Your dockage fees
- Damage waiver
$3,930 USD per person for the Open 60 Falcon or Challenger
Newport Bermuda Race experience needed
The Newport Bermuda Race is not for novices. The 635-mile ocean course across the Gulf Stream is often swept by gale-force winds, large breaking waves, and strong currents that can lead to damage, seasickness, hypothermia, and other issues. The course crosses the rough Gulf Stream and is mostly out of the range of rescue helicopters, and Bermuda is guarded by a dangerous reef. The race is nicknamed “the thrash to the Onion Patch” because most Bermuda Races include high winds and big waves (a combination sailors call “a hard thrash”). The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee very strongly encourages the designing, building, and preparation of seaworthy yachts sailed by self-sufficient crews proficient in navigation and seamanship. The boats must meet stringent equipment requirements and undergo inspection, and the sailors must also pass a review and undergo training in safety. The bonds formed by these sailors are strong. Numerous sailors have sailed more than 10 races, often with family and friends. The race will test and reward them.
Introduction to the Bermuda Race
Regatta’s onboard Challenger
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