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McMichael Yacht Yards and Brokers to sponsor 2020 Newport Bermuda Race

by Newport Bermuda Race 19 Nov 2019 14:20 PST 19 June 2020
Based on a velocity prediction program, the Offshore Rating Rule handicaps cruisers and all-out racers such as in this Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division fleet at the start of the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race. © Daniel Forster / PPL

McMichael Yacht Yards and Brokers has signed an agreement with the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee to be an Official Sponsor of the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race, bringing with it three generations of accumulated offshore and race-prep experience to support the fleet.

McMichael Yacht Yards and Brokers' relationship with the bi-annual race goes back over 80 years to when the company began operations in 1935. Ever since, McMichael has helped sailors find the new or pre-owned boat they've sailed in the race as well as provided the race preparation services necessary to get to Bermuda—and on the podium. For the 2020 edition of the "Thrash to the Onion Patch," McMichael has formalized its relationship with the Race by becoming an official sponsor.

"The Newport Bermuda Race has been a part of our lives at McMichael for three generations, both personally as sailors and professionally with the boats we prepared to compete," said Steven Leicht, President of McMichael Yacht Yards and Brokers. "Becoming a Newport Bermuda Race sponsor allows us to share with sailors our specific knowledge of this race and what it takes to prepare a boat and crew." Jay Gowell, the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race Chairman, said, "Having McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers as a sponsor of the Newport Bermuda Race enhances the prestige of the Race. Here we have the partnering of a classic yachting company with a classic yacht race."

A customer's relationship with McMichael starts with the purchase of a new or pre-owned boat and continues as they return to McMichael to maintain, repair, and store their boat. This exceptional service and professionalism have enabled McMichael to become an industry leader. With two full-service yards in Mamaroneck, NY, McMichael performs Newport Bermuda Race preparation ranging from applying custom racing bottoms and installing state-of-the-art instruments to servicing standing and running rigging and weighing boats for rating certificates.

A third-generation, family-run business, McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers has represented J Boats and MJM Yachts from their beginnings, is a regional dealer for Hanse and Dehler Yachts, and is the U.S. dealer for the Amel line of luxury passagemakers (excluding the west coast). McMichael has sales offices in Mamaroneck, NY, Huntington, NY, and Newport, RI. The two yards have teams of riggers, fiberglass experts, and electronics specialists plus factory-trained and certified technicians servicing Volvo-Penta, Yamaha, and Yanmar engines.

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