Next generation of offshore sailors preparing for Newport Bermuda
A new non-profit organization with a mission to provide opportunities for high school and college sailors in competitive offshore sailing, the Young American Sailing Academy, Inc. (YASA) has announced two entries for the 51st Newport Bermuda Race, which starts Friday, June 15, 2018. Twenty-two young sailors on two boats will improve their offshore skills in the iconic, 635-mile offshore race.
The Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team made yacht racing history in the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race. © John RousmaniereRead more
Landfall in Stamford, CT provides a full range of safety equipment, and the Landfall Marine Training Center offers a wide variety of educational courses for sailors and powerboaters alike.
The crew of Connell Cannon’s Alden 63 Verissimo (pictured at the start of the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race) has completed several courses at the Landfall Marine Training Center. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
“Our educational effort focuses on making everyone’s time on the water enjoyable and safer,” said Captain Henry Marx, President of Landfall. “With the 51st edition of the Newport Bermuda Race coming up, we reached out to a good friend and Landfall customer, Connell Cannon of Jamestown, RI to get his thoughts on preparing for this year’s race. Connell has raced his Alden 63 Verissimo in several Newport Bermuda Races and the Marblehead to Halifax Race. In 2016, Verissimo won line honors in the Cruiser division and second in class in the Newport Bermuda Race.”Read more
By John Rousmaniere
The Newport Bermuda Race has long been well known for the variety of the challenges it throws at sailors. Sometimes there are calms, at other times storms, often there’s overcast, and occasionally there is the distraction of a stunningly beautiful night.
Skippered by Ken Read, Jim Clark & Kristy Hinze Clark’s 100-foot Comanche (Newport, RI) made the ‘Dash to the Onion Patch’ in less than a day and a half, setting a new course record of 34 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
This year, a full moon rose over the fleet with such brilliance that one sailor (Bermuda Race Organizing Committee Chairman A.J. Evans, sailing on Lenny Sitar’s J/44 Vamp; Holmdel, NJ) took a break from his steering and sail-trimming duties to send out an email at 2 o’clock one morning saying, “Spectacular evening of sailing here on a gentle sea with a decent breeze under a full moon and stars.”Read more
Patience is the key to planning your passage home from Bermuda
By Andrew Burton
I enjoyed the interview with John Roumaniere in the April issue of WindCheck. John’s words are always worth paying attention to, especially if you have the pleasure of doing so in person. I would like to add a little from my own experience to his comments about Safety at Sea and returning boats home after the Newport Bermuda Race.
Hunkered down under deep-reefed main and staysail the Swan 59 EMK heads north toward the Stream. We could have carried more sail, but sacrificing a knot of boatspeed gave us a much safer and comfortable ride.Read more
The Newport Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has announced two new efforts to recognize the younger members of the fleet, as has been done in the Marion Bermuda and other races.
Olin Stephens (second from left) and his brother Rod (third from right) and their crew relax before Dorade starts the 1931 Transatlantic Race. With the exception of their father (far left), the crew’s average age was 22. They won the race by two days. © Mystic Seaport, Rosenfeld Collection
By John Rousmaniere
With the approach of the 50th Bermuda Race next year, we’ve been looking back at the long history of the 635-mile “Thrash to the Onion Patch” since its founding in 1906. One highlight has long been the very enthusiastic, and sometimes very successful, participation of young crews from service academies.