Newport Bermuda Race Kicks Off Friday

Photo/Newport Bermuda Race
Photo/Newport Bermuda Race

More than 150 yachts are set to sail from Newport, Rhode Island on Friday, June 20 (2014) for the start of the legendary Newport Bermuda race.

The 635-mile ocean race to Bermuda usually lasts 3 to 6 days. It crosses a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean known for challenging weather, especially in the Gulf Stream, where there are strong currents. This is one of very few long- distances races that is a true ocean race, with land over the horizon almost from the start to the finish. Because the winds and currents change almost constantly, the boats can rarely sail the straight “rhumbline” course of 149° True.

The fleet has five divisions to allow seaworthy boats of many sizes and types to be raced fairly and aggressively, and most of the boats tend to have amateur crews comprised of friends and family members.

With so many sailboats gathered at the mouth of Narragansett Bay, the start of the Newport Bermuda Race is an impressive sight. Those wishing to view the start from land often find a good view from the Castle Hill Inn. The first gun is scheduled for 12:50 p.m., and the last start is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Read more about the Newport Bermuda Race.