This Bermuda Event is an exciting race that will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016.
About the Newport Bermuda Race:
First run in 1906, the Newport Bermuda Race is the oldest regularly run ocean competition, and it is one of only two in the world in which sailors lose sight of land. Held biennially, 2016 marks the 50th time this Bermuda Event will take place.
The Newport Bermuda Race and others of its sort were instituted with more than just who gets to the finish line first in mind. Commodore Herbert L. Stone was a WWI U.S. Navy submarine Skipper, second editor of Yachting Magazine, and one of the organizers and charter members of the Cruising Club of America. He put forth that the stated principles of the race were to inspire the design, construction and sailing of small seaworthy yachts, popularize blue water sailing, imbue a love of seamanship, and offer a stage upon which sailors could hone their skills in the venerable art of navigation.
Every two years, upwards of 200 vessels manned by crews from all over the world get underway from Newport, Rhode Island to run the historic Bermuda Event. The “Thrash to the Onion Patch” as it’s known to participants, is a demanding race and plebes should not enter as a learning experience.
Weather and currents, courtesy of the Gulf Stream, dictate how long the race lasts. Bermuda is protected by coral reef that requires first-hand knowledge of the waters and properly updated charts to safely navigate the approach to St. David’s Lighthouse. These are precisely the kinds of hazardous conditions that the sailors who enter the Newport Bermuda Race love.
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