Disappointed by the RG’s Newport Bermuda coverage
I have been following with interest, or perhaps I should say trying to follow, the Newport Bermuda Race, and have been very disappointed by your coverage.
You have published three short articles and the only photographs you printed were three or four obviously taken on a five-minute walk around the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
This race is one of the major sailing events in the yachting calendar, the 50th anniversary of the “thrash”, and the time was broken by a handsome margin. So there were great stories to tell and I would have expected that you would have taken more interest in it. Good coverage would publicise the race and Bermuda to the world, and also inform Bermudians so that we would know about it and thus be in a position to welcome the numerous yachtsmen and families that the race brings to Bermuda.
I believe that a few years ago a marketing survey established that the economic benefit it brings to Bermuda is the equivalent of seven cruise ships.
If Bermuda's economy is to recover to anything like the strength it had before, this is the sort of event you should be encouraging, not virtually ignoring.