by Linda Hughes
Annapolis to Bermuda race to be held June 8, 2012 is building momentum and organizers have set up a series of Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR) seminars that feature past participants sharing their experiences. Seminars will focus on boat preparation, crew training and navigation tactics with a question and answer period after.
Bermuda Ocean Race
A seminar entitled, 'What is the Bermuda Ocean Race and How Do I Enter?' is scheduled for Saturday, February 5, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Eastport Yacht Club (EYC), 317 First St.. BOR veteran Robin Allison will lead the panel discussion. Allison has crewed in 15 Bermuda races; is a tug boat captain with a 200 ton Masters License; served as captain aboard Walter Cronkite’s yacht Wyntje and has accumulated more than 60,000 offshore miles.
The seminar, the second in the series, is free and open to the public. Lunch will be available for purchase after the seminar. EYC’s parking lot is for members only. Non-members, please park on the street. Email Kristy Goode: firstname.lastname@example.org for seminar details.
The BOR is a race that begins in Annapolis and finishes 753 nautical miles later in Bermuda. Annapolis’ Eastport Yacht Club and Bermuda’s St. George’s Dinghy Club host it. It is open to any single or mulit-hulled sailing yacht. The competition welcomes racing veterans, first timers and cruisers.
In 2010 the fleet included boats ranging from 80’ to 21’, with the majority in the 40-50’ range. Winners in the event's 33-year history have included racing stars George Collins in Chessie Racing and Jim Muldoon in Donnybrook, numerous rising stars on the east coast racing scene, Sea Scouts, the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Team, some double-handed racers and many spirited cruisers.
'You’ll need a good boat, good crew and a spirit of adventure,' said Mary Ann De Graw, chair. 'Not everyone has what it takes. But we’re still anticipating between 30 and 50 entries. Our slogan for 2012 is: ‘Dream it? Dare to? Do it!’'
Competitors battle it out for more than 700 nautical miles taking anywhere from two to seven days in diverse conditions ranging from the usual unpredictable winds, shipping traffic along busy coastal waters, a Gulf Stream crossing, swirling eddies, invisible competition and treacherous reefs encircling Bermuda. Finishers are welcomed to the town of St. George, a World Heritage Site, in beautiful Bermuda. Daily social events will be capped off with a traditional Bermudian dinner, dance and silver-trophy-bedecked awards ceremony.