2024 Newport Race Kicks Off On June 21

June 20, 2024 | 0 Comments

The 53rd Newport Bermuda Race is set to kick off tomorrow [June 21] from Narragansett Bay, with over 160 boats set to take part.

A spokesperson said, “The 53rd Newport Bermuda Race will kick off tomorrow, Friday June 21, with rolling starts from 2-4 p.m. off the shoreline of Fort Adams in Newport. For the first time in the Race’s 118 year history, participating boats will begin their journey to Bermuda from inside Narragansett Bay—giving spectators stunning views of the starting line.

“On land, the Newport Bermuda Race Starting Line Party will take place at Fort Adams from 12-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, featuring live music, food and drinks for purchase, and a poster signing and meet and greet with Cole Brauer, the first American woman to race solo around the world.

“It will take approximately two to five days for the fleet of 163 boats to reach Bermuda. Race events continue throughout the week of June 24, concluding with a Prize Giving Ceremony at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton on June 29.”

“The entire Bermuda Race Organizing Committee is thrilled to bring both new and seasoned sailing fans closer to the action at Fort Adams,” said Race Chair Andrew Kallfelz.

“The ‘Thrash to the Onion Patch’ has, for years, been a staple in offshore racing and a bucket list item for many sailors. Now, our expanded kick-off festivities are forging and strengthening connections between that community, the City of Newport and State of Rhode Island, and our friends in Bermuda.”

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