The Newport Bermuda Race
Every other year, sailing crews compete in a rousing open-ocean race between U.S. and Bermuda waters. This is the race of legends – the classic that turned the sea into a playground and made ocean-racing a sport.
First thought to be insanely dangerous, the Newport Bermuda Race is now considered one the world's most glamorous, difficult and addictive ocean races. Founded in 1906, the 635 nautical mile biennial race is the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race, one of just two of the world's races held almost entirely with no land in sight. Crews face hammering winds and encounter pods of whales as they sail between Newport, Rhode Island and St. David's Lighthouse on Bermuda's East End.
Race Details & Background Information
Approximately 150 to 200 boats sail the Newport-Bermuda Race each time. The average crew has 10 men or women. The race begins in Newport, Rhode Island on the third Friday in June. It takes more than two hours to get all those boats started in their six divisions and 17 classes.
The rules say, "The Newport Bermuda Race is not a race for novices." Depending on weather, Gulf Stream currents and the boat's size and speed, the race takes two to six days to complete. The first boat arrives at the finish line at St. David's Lighthouse on Sunday or Monday, and the smaller boats arrive between then and Thursday.