By Peter Cronin
Editor’s note: In 2016, the Newport Bermuda Race Organizing Committee initiated a new division for young sailors. To qualify for the Stephens Brothers Youth Division, 50% of a yacht’s crew must be between the ages of 14 and 23 (inclusive). An enticing prize donated by the Cruising Club of America’s New York Station and honoring legendary sailors Olin and Rod Stephens, the Stephens Brothers Youth Division Trophy is awarded to the yacht with the best performance in that division. Hailing from Southeastern Connecticut, the MudRatz Offshore Team claimed the Stephens Brothers Youth Division Trophy (and the Alfred E. Loomis Trophy as the winners of the 14-boat Class 5 of the St. David’s Lighthouse Division) in the 51st Newport Bermuda Race. To learn more, log onto MudRatz.org.
The idea of the MudRatz participating in the Newport Bermuda Race was conceived about a year ago. MudRatz founder Brandon Flack had seen us grow in the Melges 24s and was ready for us to take on the challenge of offshore racing. The only thing stopping us from doing these events was the availability of a boat. Brandon put the word out that we were actively looking for a boat that we could use for the Newport Bermuda Race, but as the cold, dark days of December 2017 rolled through there were no real prospects in sight.
Celebrating aboard Dreamcatcher in Hamilton Harbor are (front row, left to right) Taylor Walker, Peter Cronin, Steve Kylander, Megan Gimple, John Winder, OJ O’Connell (kneeling) and (back row, l - r) Lindsay Gimple, Annie Longo, Sarah Wilkinson, Morgan Buffum and Fritz Finkenauer. © Julia Cronin/OutrageousPhotography.netRead more
By Chad Corning
Twenty-eighteen marked the first year multihulls were invited to compete in the Newport Bermuda Race, and we were thrilled to take part with Jason Carroll’s Gunboat 62 Elvis. Elvis has been much modified from original, and now sports a 28-meter rotating mast, external tillers and deep asymmetric daggerboards, all of which puts a bit of spring in her step, especially in lighter air. This would prove a decisive asset in this year’s race.
Still The King: Elvis is the first multihull winner of the Newport Bermuda Race. © Daniel Forster
We were in good company with Greg Gigliotti’s Gunboat 62 Tribe (also with a taller rig), and NYYC Commodore Phil Lotz with his Gunboat 60 Arethusa – both very well sailed and well organized campaigns.Read more
The 51st running of the Newport Bermuda Race was a slow but strategically challenging race. Of the 169 boats that started in Newport, RI on Friday, June 15, 2018, 166 completed the 635-mile race in two to six days’ time (there were three retirements). After making very slow progress in the middle of the racecourse in light to non-existent winds, most of the fleet finished quickly on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
The first Super Yacht to win the Newport Bermuda Race is the 112-foot Kawil. © Daniel ForsterRead more
By Dick Holliday
More than a century ago, a visionary sailor named Thomas Fleming Day invented a pioneer ocean race from America to Bermuda. The idea seemed radical but it caught on and today the Newport Bermuda Race (NBR) is the world’s oldest scheduled ocean race.
Next stop Bermuda! Michael Maholchic’s Swan 44 Stormy Weather (Annapolis, MD) powers out of Newport. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
Since 1926, the race has been co-organized by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. In 50 Bermuda Races since 1906, 50,000 men and women and 5,000 boats have sailed in the event known and respected worldwide as The Thrash to the Onion Patch.Read more
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has named Safe Harbor Marinas as the Official Boat Preparation Resource for the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race.
Photo courtesy of Brewer Yacht Yards
Said Bermuda Race Organizing Committee Chairman Jonathan Brewin, “We are very happy to welcome back Brewer Yacht Yards, now owned by Safe Harbor Marinas, as members of the sponsor family for the 51st Bermuda Race. BROC is especially pleased that Safe Harbor Marinas will again bring its expertise to sailors with its race-preparation seminar.”Read more
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has named Safe Harbor Marinas as the Official Boat Preparation Resource for the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race. Said Bermuda Race Organizing Committee Chairman Jonathan Brewin, “We are very happy to welcome back Brewer Yacht Yards, now owned by Safe Harbor Marinas, as members of the sponsor family for the 51st Bermuda Race. BROC is especially pleased that Safe Harbor Marinas will again bring its expertise to sailors with its race-preparation seminar.”Read more
Racing in the 50th Thrash to the Onion Patch got underway Friday, June 17, 2016. Up until mid-week the race looked to be the second or third largest in history. Then the weather forecasts began predicting gales in and below the Gulf Stream. Following the weather briefing on Thursday night boats began withdrawing from the race. Finally 47 boats that had entered decided not to race. That brought the total from 184 on Monday to 142.
© Daniel Forster/PPL
We’ll post updates below through the finish.Read more
By John Rousmaniere
With 200 entries in the 50th Bermuda Race gearing up for the start on Friday, June 17, with boats as varied as the cutting edge 100-footer Comanche and the America replica and a whole range of hard-driving smaller boats, and with a new award for boats with Youth crews that’s named for Olin and Rod Stephens—with all that and more, the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race is on line to be one of those classic events whose future and present are tightly interwoven with its past.
The 50th running of the Newport Bermuda Race starts Friday, June 17. © bermudarace.com
If you aren’t sailing, come to Newport and watch the start or follow the race on the YB tracker linked on the race website, BermudaRace.com. In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of the race’s exciting history.
Winning one Newport Bermuda Race is hard enough, but how do you repeat? Four very different boats have done it over seven decades with a variety of strategies, tactics, and weather, but always with strong crews, careful preparation, and “good admiralship.”Read more
By John Rousmaniere
Over nearly 110 years, Bermuda Races have started at several American ports. But they all finished at the archipelago that nature and God agreed should be located 635 miles off the U.S. coast, just enough to the east of south so that the typical race isn’t a long slog, dead to windward.
Foulies dry in the morning sun after the finish in 2012. © John RousmaniereRead more
The 2016 Newport Bermuda Race will include new opportunities for high-performance yachts to compete in celebration of the 50th Thrash to the Onion Patch.Read more