with John Rousmaniere
hosted by Stonington Harbor Yacht Club
for tickets and RSVP
The 635-mile ocean race from Newport to Bermuda is widely respected and loved by sailors as one of the most fascinating, historic, and challenging tests that a boat and crew can have. Hundreds of sailors come back every two years for the voyage across the Gulf Stream. Typically, 25% of the 160-plus boats are doing the race for the first time and 40% are from abroad or from west of the Hudson. The 2016 running of the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race will be the 50th since it was founded in 1906. And it will be the 90th anniversary of the partnership between the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
In his illustrated talk, sailing historian and multi-time Bermuda racer John Rousmaniere will tell the lively, at times humorous story of the race, and highlight many of its features-the battle across the Gulf Stream, the glorious landfall at St. David's Head, the famous hospitality of the Bermudians, and the cruise home. After his talk, he and other Bermuda Race veterans on hand will talk and answer questions about entering and preparing for the race.