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Sailing: Take The Onion Patch Challenge

Sailing: Take The Onion Patch Challenge

[Written by Talbot Wilson] If you are entering the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race, think about entering the New York Yacht Club 162nd Annual Regatta presented by Rolex in Newport and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta capping off Bermuda Offshore Sailing Week for the visiting yachts and local Bermuda boats alike. Take the Onion Patch Challenge.... Read more of this article

195 Boats Qualified For Newport Race So Far

195 Boats Qualified For Newport Race So Far

[Written by Talbot Wilson] As of April 5th, 195 boats have been sanctioned by the Newport Bermuda Race Organizing committee as qualified entries in the 50th Bermuda Race. Since another 14 boats are expected to be sanctioned soon, this race has every chance of being the second largest “Thrash to the Onion Patch” in the 110-year history of... Read more of this article

Sailing: 2016 Newport Bermuda Deadline Looms

Sailing: 2016 Newport Bermuda Deadline Looms

[Written by Talbot Wilson] The June 17, 2016 Newport Bermuda Race, the 50th Thrash to the Onion Patch, is shaping up to be the largest since the 2006 Centennial celebration. The call for Applications for Entry [AFE’s] in the ocean classic went out January 12 and just over two months later the race is almost fully subscribed. As of March 18, organizers... Read more of this article

Newport Bermuda Race Offer New Youth Awards

Newport Bermuda Race Offer New Youth Awards

[Written by John Rousmaniere] The Newport Bermuda Race is well known as a long-distance ocean adventure with a special appeal for ambitious young sailors. Many of today’s skippers, navigators, and watch captains first went to sea as teenage deck hands in a “Thrash to the Onion Patch,” or in a return delivery from Bermuda. Today, those Bermuda... Read more of this article

Over 100 Yachts Enter Newport Bermuda Race

Over 100 Yachts Enter Newport Bermuda Race

[Written by Talbot Wilson] By mid-morning Tuesday, only one week after the entry system opened for the 50th running of the Bermuda Race, 107 yachts have started the entry process online to qualify for a place on the starting line at Newport on June 17, 2016. “We didn’t get 100 entries in 2014 until the fourth week into the process,” exclaimed... Read more of this article

2016 Newport To Bermuda Race Entry To Open

2016 Newport To Bermuda Race Entry To Open

[Written by Talbot Wilson] Registration for the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race opens on January 12, 2016 through the race website, BermudaRace.com. “We are certainly excited to open entries for the 50th Bermuda Race,” said race chairman A.J. Evans. The fleet, which is limited to 200 entries, will include a wide range of boats from Super Maxi yachts,... Read more of this article

Newport Race Launches Super Yacht Division

Newport Race Launches Super Yacht Division

The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has launched a new Super Yacht Division, responding to interest from captains of yachts over 90 feet on deck, with some different rules in place for the new division, which will be included in the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race. The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee says, “In response to expressions of interest... Read more of this article

Sailors Shatter Newport-Bermuda Record: 23 Hrs

Sailors Shatter Newport-Bermuda Record: 23 Hrs

[Updated with video + photos] Lending Club 2 has shattered the 635-nautical mile Newport to Bermuda sailing record, arriving in Bermuda at around 2am this morning [April 20] to set a new time of 23 hours, 9 minutes, 52 seconds. Renaud Laplanche and co-skipper Ryan Breymaier, and the crew of the 105’ trimaran Lending Club 2, successfully achieved... Read more of this article

Record Breaking Sailing Attempt Underway

Record Breaking Sailing Attempt Underway

[Updated] The Lending Club 2 racing yacht left Newport, Rhode Island early this morning [April 19] aiming to break the 635-nautical mile Newport to Bermuda record, which presently stands at just under 39 hours. The Newport to Bermuda course record is currently held by Steve Fossett, who, aboard his 125-foot catamaran Playstation, set a time of 38 hours,... Read more of this article

Lending’s Next Goal: Newport-Bermuda Record

Lending’s Next Goal: Newport-Bermuda Record

Just two weeks ago the maxi-trimaran Lending Club 2 set a new sailing speed record on the English Channel: from Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, to Dinard, France — and the crew have now set their sights on breaking the Newport-Bermuda sailing record. Driven by Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club, with co-skipper Ryan Breymaier, the 138-nautical... Read more of this article

50th Newport Bermuda Race To Use One Rule

50th Newport Bermuda Race To Use One Rule

[Written by John Rousmaniere] When the Newport Bermuda Race is next sailed in 2016, it will be scored by one handicapping system, the Offshore Racing Rule [ORR]. The ORR calculates each boat’s speed potential based on its dimensions, using a Velocity Prediction Program [VPP]. The ORR has been used in the Newport Bermuda Race since 2006, following... Read more of this article

Video: Newport-Bermuda Team Films Journey

Video: Newport-Bermuda Team Films Journey

A team that participated in the recent Newport-Bermuda Yacht Race took the time to record their adventure using a GoPro camera, revealing the many skills and constant effort required to sail the open seas. The video, created by Team Checkmate, features the crew of an Alden 44 boat which sails out of Essex Yacht Club. The vessel’s crew is seen... Read more of this article

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