Event of the Week: 51st Newport Bermuda Race

The 51st Newport Bermuda Race kicks off on Friday, June 15, in Newport, RI.

Organized by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the biennial Newport Bermuda Race is one of the world’s premier ocean races, testing the abilities of sailors as they cross the cold waters of the continental shelf, the rough and squally Gulf Stream, and, finally, the warmer waters on the approaches to Bermuda.
The start will be officiated by the New York Yacht Club Race Committee from onboard the 105’ classic yacht, Whitehawk.  The warning gun will be fired at 1:00 p.m. for the first of seven divisions of racing boats, which range from 32.5’ to 112’ in length.
A visit to the Goat Island Marina, Newport Shipyard or the docks along the Newport waterfront will allow sailing fans to see the boats prior to June 15. On race day, with the start close to land, there are numerous public shoreside areas from which to picnic and watch.

The northern end of Fort Adams State Park is ideal for observing the 171 boats depart Newport Harbor; once they start jockeying for position in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay, the west side of Fort Adams and Brenton Point State Park, along with Jamestown’s Fort Wetherill and Beavertail State Parks will provide excellent vantage points.