As a native New Englander now living in Seattle, there's always been something special for me about the biannual Newport-Bermuda Race. This iconic, 635-mile event has been described as everything from a full-on distance race to a sprint (that description is courtesy of Ken Read, skipper of the Volvo Open 70 il mostro, so take it with a large grain of sea salt), boat size and speed depending.
Skipper Ken Read helming the PUMA Ocean Racing Volvo Open 70 "il mostro", off Newport, Rhode Island. Sally Collison/PUMA Ocean Racing
But irrespective of one's LOA and polars, all sailors must cross the Gulf Stream and deal with open-ocean conditions and adventure — the gravity that's drawing 185 boats to 2010's edition of this classic ocean race.
In Newport, the air is undoubtedly buzzing with excitement: the 2010 race starts in some 48 hours. Around town there are long lines at grocery stores and chandleries, Newport Shipyard is filled with some of the world's finest race boats, and some of sailing's heavy hitters are arriving from points abroad.
For those lucky enough to be racing, excitement levels are reaching critical mass; for those whose real-world responsibilities got in the way of fun (myself included, deep sigh), footage and stills from the start, the event's boat tracker (iBoatTrack) and—new for 2010—the HD Gateway Finish Line Cam offers a taste of the adventure.
(For armchair racers, a few Dark n' Stormies might also help lend some authenticity.) More on this iconic race on Friday.
Also on the east coast, the Charles River Open Team Race returned to its namesake river this past weekend after a one-year hiatus.
In Europe, today's Audi MedCup TP52 practice race was cancelled due to rough weather, but the MedCup should be back on the pace tomorrow with TP52 racing and a practice race for the GP42 class.
And finally, fans of the Clipper Around the World Race and the Velux 5 Oceans race should pay close attention to the showdown of sailing greats that's brewing in Cape Breton as part of the Clipper's Canadian stopover.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
Newport Bermuda Race - Track the Bermuda racers on iBoatTrack Talbot Wilson, On Friday, June 18, more than one hundred and eighty cruiser, cruiser/racer and pure racing sailboats from 33 to 100 feet long will set out from Newport, Rhode Island bound for Bermuda. You can follow the fleet online.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda Race - Almost a spectator sport Talbot Wilson, The Newport Bermuda Race began on June 18th in Newport and will finish in Bermuda 635 miles later, this classic ocean race is almost a spectator sport.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans legends to clash in Clipper Festival Race Velux 5 Oceans Press Office, Velux 5 Oceans veterans Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Derek Hatfield and John Hughes are to do battle in Canadian waters as part of a week-long sailing festival. The three renowned solo sailors will go head to head in the Clash of the Legends race today, just one of the many events organised for the Cape Breton stopover of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race.... [more] Share this story
Charles River Open Team Race returns after one year hiatus Matthew Lindblad, The Charles River Open Team Race hosted by MIT returned after a one year hiatus. Due in part to the large number of people required to run an event of its size, The Charles River Open exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism in sailing.... [more] Share this story
Just ONE day left to win a PredictWind Professional subscription Richard Gladwell, Just ONE day left for Sail-World readers to enter for a chance to win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 each. This is your last chance - ENTER NOW!! There are ten annual subscriptions of the just released new version of PredictWind's Professional Forecast Package top be won in Sail-World's competition.... [more] Share this story
Catalunya–Costa Brava (Spain) PWA Slalom World Cup: Event Summary PWA/Paul Griffiths, 2010 Catalunya – Costa Brava (Spain) PWA Slalom World Cup – Event Summary. The wind gods blessed the racers in Costa Brava with some awesome conditions on both day one and day three of competition, allowing two of the PWA's longest standing legends to take control of their respective fleets at the event.... [more] Share this story
Plenty of Rock and Roll on Day 2 of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, Cowes Paul Wyeth, Images from the second day of racing at the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup being sailed from Cowes Isle of Wight. The Solent turned on a typical tough sailing day, and Paul Wyeth was there to capture all the action and rollouts... [more] Share this story
Images of Coutts Half Ton Cup - a good blow and a good time had by all Richard Hampton, Images from the blustery second day of the Coutts Half Ton Cup being sailed at Cowes, Isle of Wight, by Richard Hampston. Check our his site www.yacht-pics.com including his gallery from the 2010 America's Cup at Valencia... [more] Share this story
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 - Day 2: Anchor Challenge snatches lead Fiona Brown, Day two of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, brought some of the most challenging conditions the Solent can deliver. With a rapidly shifting and gusting wind from the North East quarter fluctuating in strength from single figures up towards 20 knots, plus a strong spring tide which changed direction in the middle of racing the 35 competing boats had thei... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: Practice race cancelled - all on tomorrow Audi MedCup Media, The official practice race for the second round of the TP52 Series at the Marseille Trophy had to be cancelled today, falling foul of the stormy, wet conditions and the unsettled breezes. The forecast for tomorrow is more promising, when three races for the TP52 are planned with the first starts due at 13:30hrs while the five GP42's are scheduled for their Practice Race.... [more] Share this story
Giraglia Rolex Cup – Spirits undampened despite no racing Regattanews.com, Giraglia Rolex Cup saw no racing today in Italy. The most colourful spectacle today in Saint-Tropez was certainly La Bravade des Espagnols, as dark clouds and rain smothered this part of the Côte d'Azur.... [more] Share this story
Toronto's Royal Canadian Yacht Club hosts the prestigious 8Metre World Victoria Crowder, 8Metres of all vintages will start and race together during the 2010 World Championships at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Competitors will be racing for the coveted International 8Metre World Cup, awarded to the overall winner. The regatta takes place at Toronto's Royal Canadian Yacht Club from August 22 to 28, 2010.... [more] Share this story
Delta Ditch Run images from Erik Simonson Sail-World.com, Delta Ditch Run. Photographer Erik Simonson sent these images from Saturdays Fun in the sun!... [more] Share this story
Battle Stations at the Ottawa Skiff and Cat Grand Prix Stephanie Mah, For the last seven years, the Nepean Sailing Club has hosted the Ottawa Skiff and Cat Grand Prix on the tea coloured water of Lac Deschenes. The sailing area itself is already a bit weird and wonderful (with rapids and shoals down one end). The wind is equally varied: either light, puffy and shifty, or doomsday nuclear. Last year's edition was relatively tame, but the year before saw the gear tes... [more] Share this story
Lake Geneva Bol d'Or: A fine victory for Dona Bertarelli Jobé Jean Philippe, 72nd edition of the Lake Genva Bol D'or: First win for a multihull staffed by a mostly female team lead by Dona Bertarelli. The Bol d'Or race on Lake Geneva was raced this week-end in light conditions, wind probably peeked around 15 knots during the night, but it died down on Sunday so that more than half the fleet did not finish.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit – Back to reality in second regatta of the season Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup Circuit's second regatta of the 2010 season begins Wednesday and the challenges of Marseille's famous Rade Sud lie in wait for teams. Since 2007 the venue which is world renowned for the Mistral has always delivered the world's leading regatta circuit a dose of the renowned strong winds.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Sailing World Cup – Training in Kiel, Germany Anna Tunnicliffe, ISAF Sailing World Cup update: USA sailor Anna Tunnicliffe writes- We have just finished a four day training camp at the Chicago Match Race Center as our warm up training for the sixth stop on the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Kiel Week, in Kiel, Germany.... [more] Share this story
Naples Sabot Senior Championship - Older dog wins the dogfight Rich Roberts, Naples Sabot Senior Championship hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club ran on Saturday and Sunday. Mark Gaudio reached far down into his arsenal of sailing skill and determination to beat back a strong, young challenge by Freddie Stevens by one point to win his second consecutive and 12th overall edition of the event.... [more] Share this story
Onion Patch Series - Belle Mente and Ran tied after stage one Talbot Wilson, Onion Patch Series update: With the completion of the 156th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, racing in the stage one of the 2010 Onion Patch Series ended Sunday afternoon. The first race each day of the two-day regatta in Newport, Rhode Island counted for the series.... [more] Share this story
Butler Cup Series – Full credit given to crew of the victor Rick Roberts, Butler Cup match race series on Sunday, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club in California saw Chris Nesbitt of Balboa Yacht Club give his crew full credit for the win, his second win in as many years.... [more] Share this story
NYYC's season kick-off Annual Regatta a success Media Pro Int'l, Known as the longest running regatta in America, the New York Yacht Club's 156th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex also has the distinction of kicking off the sailing season in New England. This past weekend, June 11-13, over 1,000 sailors on 111 boats gathered from across the U.S. and Europe for three days of racing on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound.... [more] Share this story
PWA Slalom World Cup Catalunya - Dunkerbeck and Jaggi claim the event PWA/Paul Griffiths, Dunkerbeck and Jaggi conquer a mentally grueling day on the golden sands to claim their crowns in Catalunya. The wind was simply of teasing force, and not suitable for official competition.... [more] Share this story
RC44 Copenhagen Cup - A pretty good day despite a collision Paul Cayard, Paul Cayard reports on the final day of racing at the RC44 Copenhagen Cup. In the first two races we did very well passing boats downwind in the planing conditions to score a 3 and a 4.... [more] Share this story
Abby Sunderland, her critics and the pressures of sponsorship Nancy Knudsen, Abby Sunderland, dismasted, her round world attempt foiled and her boat abandoned, is now headed for the French-owned Kerguelan Islands on a fishing boat that went out of their way to rescue her... But even before she has touched dry land, the inevitable controversy about her voyage – and future voyages by teenagers – has begun..... [more] Share this story
RC44 Copenhagen Cup - Eliminated one by one MaxComm Communications, RC44 Copenhagen Cup. On the last day of the event four races were sailed, despite cold and windy conditions prevailing. One by one teams were eliminated from contention for the fleet race and overall titles. Many teams broached, ripped their spinnakers or suffered in a way or another.... [more] Share this story
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