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Newport Bermuda Race · Onion Patch Series OffShore Races OffShore Races

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  • Event date: 17/06/2022
  • Event end: 24/06/2022
  • When: APR-JUN
  • Duration: 1 week

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.

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, 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.

Onion Patch Series

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, 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

Newport Bermuda Race
Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

5500 EUR

Newport Bermuda Race Regular Schedule

FRIDAY

NEWPORT START: Just off Castle Hill Lighthouse, 150-200 boats take two hours to start the race with thousands of onlookers from the shore and water

SATURDAY-THURSDAY

RACE TO BERMUDA, Depending on the weather, the currents in the Gulf Stream, and the boat’s size, the race takes 2 – 6 to six days to finish off St. David’s Lighthouse.

SATURDAY

BERMUDA CELEBRATIONS, The Prize-Giving will be held at Government House on Saturday.

Invitations MUST be presented at Government House to be admitted.

Newport Bermuda Race 2022

  • Saturday, June 11th: Onion Patch Series (optional)
  • Sunday, June 12th: NYYC Annual Regatta (optional)
  • Wednesday, 15th June: Training & Crew party
  • Thursday, 16th June: Training, Preparation for the race, Captain’s Meeting
  • Friday, 17th June: Start Newport Bermuda Race
  • Friday, 24th June: Anniversary regatta/Onion Patch Series (Optional)
  • Saturday, 25th June: Prizegiving

Other important dates

  • Deadline application for entry: April 1st
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Program

Newport Bermuda Race Regular Schedule

FRIDAY

NEWPORT START: Just off Castle Hill Lighthouse, 150-200 boats take two hours to start the race with thousands of onlookers from the shore and water

SATURDAY-THURSDAY

RACE TO BERMUDA, Depending on the weather, the currents in the Gulf Stream, and the boat’s size, the race takes 2 – 6 to six days to finish off St. David’s Lighthouse.

SATURDAY

BERMUDA CELEBRATIONS, The Prize-Giving will be held at Government House on Saturday.

Invitations MUST be presented at Government House to be admitted.

Newport Bermuda Race 2022

  • Saturday, June 11th: Onion Patch Series (optional)
  • Sunday, June 12th: NYYC Annual Regatta (optional)
  • Wednesday, 15th June: Training & Crew party
  • Thursday, 16th June: Training, Preparation for the race, Captain’s Meeting
  • Friday, 17th June: Start Newport Bermuda Race
  • Friday, 24th June: Anniversary regatta/Onion Patch Series (Optional)
  • Saturday, 25th June: Prizegiving

Other important dates

  • Deadline application for entry: April 1st

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