A view of a recent Newport Bermuda Race send-off for Class 3 of the St. David’s Lighthouse Division. Photo: Daniel Forster/PPL

The 195 boats that submitted entries before the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race“application for entry” deadline are anchored by the usual excellent turnout of nearly 150 cruiser- and cruiser/racer-style boats sailing in the St. David’s Lighthouse and Finisterre (Cruiser) divisions. The race, which is co-organized by The Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, offers several other divisions for different types of boats and competitors, which truly makes this event seven races in one.

While some pre-start attrition is normal when a fleet faces 635 ocean miles across the Gulf Stream, a diverse fleet of 180 to 190 boats should cross the line on June 15th, crewed by a mix of both professional and amateur sailors. That would make it the biggest fleet since 2010, when 193 boats finished the race.

Among the entries in St. David’s and Finisterre divisions, the 2016 success of youth sailors guided by adult advisors aboard High Noon (link) has led to four entries by youth teams in 2018. There will also be new divisions of Multihulls and Superyachts, which have added seven boats to the fleet, the largest of which is the 112-foot Sparkman & Stephens design, Kawil.

Another key to the high entry total is the 20 boats entered in the Gibbs Hill Division, which is for high-performance racing boats that in many cases are steered and crewed professionally. Recognizing advances in offshore racing technology, the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee allowed entry this year by boats carrying water-ballasting systems and certain types of canting keels. In past years, Gibbs Hill typically has drawn 10 to 15 entries; in 2016, based on the high winds forecast in the days before the race, all of the Gibbs Hill entries elected not to compete.

Spirit of Bermuda Starts off the Race for 2014 (Photo By George Bekris)

“The BROC remains committed to the value of the race as an adventure and participation for its own sake,” says Jonathan Brewin, the event chairman and past commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. “The race is different than many competitions; it’s a chance to compete for an array of permanent trophies and be part of a history going back to 1906,” says Brewin, “but above all it’s a chance to challenge oneself and one’s crew to prepare to compete safely offshore at the highest level.”


Newport Bermuda Race Start (Photo by George Bekris)

The introduction of a Multihull Division was three years in development, and based on the standards adopted for 2018, not every multihull will be eligible to compete. Collaborating with an experienced cadre of multihull designers and sailors, the Cruising Club of America’s safety committee developed new ocean-racing safety standards for participating multihulls and set more rigorous safety training requirements than for monohull crews. In addition, the BROC collaborated with the Offshore Racing Association to create a new VPP handicap system for multihulls (ORR-MH) that was successfully tested in the 2017 Transpac Race.

See BermudaRace.com for news updates on the race. See Official Notice Board for current list of entries.

Genuine Risk At Start Of Bermuda Race (Photo by George Bekris )

 Arethusa Winner IRC3 Distance Race ( Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster )

Arethusa Winner IRC3 Distance Race ( Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster )

In contrast to yesterday’s overcast skies and light rain, today’s sunshine and vigorous winds brought smiles to the sailors onboard 35 boats competing in New York Yacht Club’s (NYYC) seventh biennial Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. It was a perfect day for NYYC’s Race Committee to send the fleet, all sailing under the IRC handicap rating, on a distance race starting in Newport Harbor, then out on Rhode Island Sound toward Block Island and finally finishing on Narragansett Bay near Quonset Point. With a steady 10-12 knots of breeze and a sea much more settled than yesterday, there could be no finer day for a tour of local waters.
“It was very challenging, very exciting and the high point of the regatta for me,” said Peter Cummiskey, the regatta chair who is crewing aboard Rives Potts’s Carina in IRC 5. “It was a real distance race. We had to go out into the ocean and back into the Bay, so the tactics changed from leg to leg. Not only were there marks we had to honor, but there were some we didn’t have to, so the navigational challenges were intense.” He went on to give credit to Carina’s navigator Brad Dellenbaugh, who is NYYC’s Sailing Director, for his ability to “get us up close and personal, within a stone’s throw of Castle Hill.”

Fresh off a class win in June’s 635-mile Newport Bermuda Race, the 48-foot sloop Carina charged through IRC Class 5’s 32-mile tour taking line honors by a little more than 12 minutes. “The breeze held up great,” said Cummiskey. “The course was a little bit of everything.” Carina leads the nine-boat class ahead of Rush, Bill Sweetser’s (Annapolis, Md.) J/109.

In a repeat of the first day, George David’s (Hartford, Conn.) Rambler was the fastest in IRC 1, finishing the 53-nautical mile course 23 minutes ahead of Daniel Meyers’s Numbers. At the start, Rambler pegged the pin end and led to the first mark – a buoy set off of Conanicut Yacht Club – by close to a minute ahead of Ray Roberts’s (Sydney, Australia) STP65 Evolution Racing. Although Numbers corrected, on time, ahead of Rambler, it holds onto the second place overall ahead of Evolution Racing, in third.

In IRC 3, Philip Lotz’s (Newport, R.I.) NYYC Swan 42 Arethusa finished the 32-nautical-mile course in a little over two minutes behind first-to-finish Big Booty, owned by Pat Eudy (Charlotte, N.C.) Lutra 42. The impressive finish allowed Arethusa to bump up in the standings to second overall. Steve Benjamin’s (South Norwalk, Conn.) Tripp 41 Robotic Oncology leads the seven-boat class.

In IRC 4 Christopher Dragon continued its winning ways remaining undefeated and at the top of the class, while Richard Oland’s (Saint John, New Brunswick, CAN) Vela Veloce moved into first in IRC 2. The Southern Cross 52 held its lead over Blair Brown’s (Padanaram, Mass.) 55-foot Sforzando and George Sakellaris’s (Framingham, Mass.) Farr 60 Captivity, which are in second and third place, respectively.

At the halfway point in the regatta Cummiskey was delighted so far. “I really like the mix of conditions we’ve seen,” he said. “That has been a true test. So far it hasn’t been the kind of regatta that a specialized boat can win. Really, you have to have an all-around boat and finish well in all conditions. We have two more days of racing, so we’ll continue to narrow it down. ”

Racing continues through Saturday where the best performing boat will take the Rolex US-IRC National Championship title and its skipper will be presented with a specially engraved Rolex timepiece at the Rolex Gala and Awards Party on Saturday evening.   http://www.nyyc.org

After racing, NYYC hosted daily awards and post-racing refreshments in the Hospitality Villa at Harbour Court.

On-demand video produced by t2p.tv will be available after 9 p.m. each evening of Race Week at www.nyyc.org where complete results also can be found.

About Rolex Watch U.S.A.

Since Rolex Watch U.S.A. first presented timepieces to America’s Cup defenders in 1958, the company has consistently recognized and encouraged excellence in every important arena of competitive sailing, including elite athlete preparation, US SAILING championships, disabled sailing and offshore, one-design and women’s events. Since 1994, Rolex Watch U.S.A. has been the exclusive presenting sponsor of NYYC events.

The New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex joins other prestigious Rolex-sponsored events including the Rolex Miami OCR, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Rolex Fastnet Race, Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, New York Yacht Club’s 156th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, Rolex Big Boat Series, Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex.

About the Rolex US-IRC National Championship

With the concept of moving the Rolex US-IRC National Championship around the country to encourage growth in IRC fleets, the 2009 championship was run in conjunction with St. Francis Yacht Club’s Rolex Big Boat Series, in San Francisco, Calif. and crowned a winner in Vincitore, the Custom 52 owned by Jim Mitchell (Zurich, SUI/Chicago, Ill.). In 2008, the championship was sailed in conjunction with the 48th Little Traverse Yacht Club Regatta and One Design Series, in Harbor Springs, Mich. and won by Stripes, the Great Lakes 70 owned by Bill Martin, (Ann Arbor, Mich.), and in 2007, the inaugural championship was held as part of the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex and won by Blue Yankee the Reichel/Pugh 66 owned by Bob and Farley Towse (Stamford, Conn.).

The event is part of the 2010 US-IRC Gulf Stream Series http://www.us-irc.org.


New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex
Rolex US-IRC National Championship| July 21-24, 2010

Preliminary results, July 22 – Day 2 of racing

One distance race completed; three races total to date


Class – IRC 1

Position, Boat Name, Boat Type, Skipper, Hometown, Race 1-R2-R3, Total points

1. Rambler, Ctm 90, George David, Hartford, CT, 1-1-2, 4 points
2. Numbers, JV 66, Daniel M. Meyers, Boston, MA, 2-2-1, 5
3. Evolution Racing, STP65, Ray Roberts, Alexandria, (AUS), 3-3-3, 9

Class – IRC 2

1. Vela Veloce, Southern Cross, Richard Oland, Saint John, ME, 1-1-1, 3 points
2. Sforzando, Kerr 55, Blair, Brown, Padanaram, MA, 4-3-4, 11
3. Captivity, Farr, George Sakellaris, Framingham, MA, 2-2-8(DNF),12
4. Privateer, Cookson 50, Ronald O’Hanley, Boston, MA, 5-6-2, 13
5. Snow Lion, Ker 50, Lawrence Huntington, New York, NY, 3-4-6, 13
6. Rima2, R/P 55, John Brim, New York, NY, 6-7-3, 16
7. Anema&Core, JV52, Ennio Staffini, Annapolis, MD, 7-5-5, 17

Class – IRC 3

1. Robotic Oncology, Tripp 41, Stephen Benjamin , South Norwalk , CT, 1-1-5, 7 points
2. Arethusa, NYYC 42, Philip Lotz, Newport, RI, 3-4-1, 8
3. Cool Breeze, Mills 43 Custom, John Cooper, springfield, MO, 2-2-4, 8
4. Devocean, Swan 45, Stephen DeVoe, Jamestown, RI, 4-3-3, 10
5. The Cat Came Back, NYYC Swan 42, Lincoln Mossop, Bristol, RI, 7-7-2, 16
6. Big Booty, Lutra 42, Pat Eudy, Charlotte, NC, 5-5-7, 17
7. Temptation, Taylor 45, Arthur Santry, Arlington, VA, 6-6-6, 18

Class – IRC 4

1. Christopher Dragon, J122, Andrew Weiss, Mamaroneck, NY, 1-1-1, 3 points
2. Avalanche, Farr 395, Craig Albrecht, Sea Cliff, NY, 2-2-4, 8
3. Partnership, J 122, David & MaryEllen Tortorello, Fairfield, CT, 5-4-2, 11
4. Act One, Sloop, Charlie Milligan /Tom Roche, Newport, RI, 3-7-3, 13
5. Settler, Cust. Peterson 42, Thomas Rich, Middletown, RI, 4-6-7, 17
6. Alliance, Summit 35, Dominick Porco, New York, NY, 7-3-8, 18
7. White Gold, J/44, James D. Bishop, New York, NY, 8-5-5, 18
8. Indra, Beneteau First 44.7, Thomas Linkas, South Hamilton, MA, 8-8-8, 22

Class – IRC 5

1. Carina, Cstm Sloop, Rives Potts, Essex, CT, 7-1-1, 9
2. Rush, J/109, Bil, Sweetser, Annapolis, MD, 3-2-4, 9
3. Storm, J109, Rick Lyall, Wilton, CT, 1-4-7, 12
4. Good Girl, J/100, Robert W. Armstrong, Christiansted, USVI, 5-6-2, 13
5. Cowboy, N/M 46, Isdale/Cochran, Greenwich, CT, 2-5-8, 15
6. Nordlys, J 109, Robert Schwartz, Port Washington, NY,4-7-6, 17
7. Eclipse, Corby 33, Dave Kellogg, Oyster Bay, NY, 6-3-9, 18
8. Blue Rider, J109, Eric Kamisher, Norwalk, CT, 9-9-3, 21
9. Out of Reach III, X-35, Louis Nees, New York, NY, 8-8-5, 21