Newport/Bermuda organisers hoping for a bumper entry

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  • Newport to Bermuda Race chairman John Osmond (right) flew to the Island for last week?s series of organizing committee meetings at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC). Also pictured are RBYC vice commodore Jonathan Brewin (left) and Cruising Club of America commodore Dan Dyer.

    Newport to Bermuda Race chairman John Osmond (right) flew to the Island for last week?s series of organizing committee meetings at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC). Also pictured are RBYC vice commodore Jonathan Brewin (left) and Cruising Club of America commodore Dan Dyer.


Newport to Bermuda Race organisers hope to see as many as 190 yachts make it to the start line for next June’s 635-mile ocean crossing from Castle Hill, Newport, Rhode Island to St David’s Head, Bermuda.

Online registration doesn’t commence until January 16, 2012, therefore race officials won’t be able to get a handle on numbers until mid-February.

However, early signs have been encouraging with as many as 24 first-time entries having shown a serious interest in competing in the biennial event.

“Our participation chairman has reported that 24 first-time entries have contacted him for help from the newcomer’s Race Ambassador volunteers. That is a healthy number at this point,” commented race chairman John Osmond, who flew into Bermuda last week to take part in meetings with local race organisers at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC).

Registration for this year’s Fastnet and Sydney Hobart races have been encouraging and Osmond hopes this positive response will spill over into the Newport to Bermuda Race.

“The other two of the big three ocean races, the Fastnet and Sydney Hobart, both have healthy numbers in 2011, so we are hopeful that we will have a good turnout in 2012 as well,” Osmond added. “We’d like to see 190 boats on the line in June.

“The Newport Bermuda Race is a rite of passage and a must-do experience, an adventure for many generations of sailors. We expect to continue the traditions in the 48th edition of this famous race.”

In the meantime race organisers will conduct an “intensive communication” programme in upcoming weeks.

“I’ll be asking past participants if they intend to race again,” Osmond said. “We will be reaching out to yacht clubs and sailing associations, too, inviting their members to enter.”

Discussions geared towards bolstering the ‘Onion Patch’ fleet also to take place at RBYC at the weekend.

The three-leg Onion Patch Series begins with the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta the weekend before the start of the Newport to Bermuda Race and concludes with the RBYC Anniversary Regatta in the Great Sound.

Notice of Race for the 2012 Newport to Bermuda Race has been posted on bermudarace.com and among the changes are new requirements for crew training, satellite telephones and life jackets and safety harnesses.

A total of 183 yachts took part in the 2010 ‘Thrash to the Onion Patch’, which was the third largest fleet in the race’s 104-year history.

Already confirmed for next year’s race is Rives Potts and the crew of Carina that captured the coveted St David’s Lighthouse Division Trophy.

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Published Dec 14, 2011 at 6:49 am (Updated Dec 14, 2011 at 6:47 am)

Newport/Bermuda organisers hoping for a bumper entry

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