Newport-Bermuda Race off to Smooth Start

The fleet leaves Newport in its wake. Next stop: Bermuda. Photo courtesy of John Rousmaniere.

Ideal weather made for a great start to this year’s Newport Bermuda Race in Newport, Rhode Island. A total of 183 yachts, most crewed by amateur racers, are contending in the 2010 event, which began Friday, June 18, and marks the 104th anniversary of the race.

The course will take the sailors across 635 miles of open ocean to the island of Bermuda, where the first boats are expected to arrive in 4-5 days, weather permitting. For daily updates on the race, videos, history and a map showing the current location of all contenders, go to Newport Bermuda Race 2010.

Bermuda Race Facts

  • The Race was founded in 1906 by Tom Day, editor of The Rudder, who believed that amateurs were capable of open-ocean sailing alongside wealthy professionals.
  • The first race, held out of New York, had 3 boats; 2 of them finished.
  • The most boats competing in the race was 265 in 2006, the 100th anniversary of the race.
  • 1 person has died and 2 boats have been lost in the history of the race.
  • Other start locations have included Marblehead, MA; Montauk, NY; and New London, CT.