Newport Bermuda Race Underway

Newport Bermuda Race Underway

Start of the Newport Bermuda Race. Photo: Barry Pickthall, PPL

Start of the Newport Bermuda Race. Photo: Barry Pickthall, PPL

The 184 boats of the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race are heading out to sea as this is written. The latest weather forecasts indicate a lot of reaching, a nice strong Gulf Stream with eddies-a-plenty to deal with, and the notorious Bermuda High building in from the south. In fact, a quick look at the 24-48 hour surface wind forecasts from the National Weather Service (NWS) give the impression that a square-rigged tall ship would do well this year, with a stiff breeze well abaft of the beam to start.

I’ve put up a link to the iBoattrack service in the right sidebar that will remain live for the duration of the race. As I mentioned earlier this week, it’s a fascinating way to watch strategies develop, with the consequent successes and failures becoming more apparent as time goes on. Each boat is fitted with a satellite beacon that sends its position to the iBoattracking station ashore. The displays are not quite real-time because of race rules that prevent real-time competitive observation, but they’re close enough to be meaningful when you check in.

The video below from the official organizers gives a great flavor of the race. Newport Bermuda is one of the unique sailing races in the world because of its amateur-dominant culture.  Yes, there are professional crews — in their own class — but most of the competitors are friends and family, racing in their own family boats. Some are more serious and experienced racers than others, but all have met the rigorous standards for safety and experience.  Enjoy the videos and tracking and if you know of someone in the race, let us know in the comments and we’ll follow along with them!

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Posted by Tom in Cruising Under Sail, Destinations, Passagemaking News, sailboat racing, Sailboats

New Passagemaker Haven in Newport

Forty 1° North is a new luxury destination in Newport, RI

Forty 1° North Main Dock

Cruisers with Newport, Rhode Island, on the itinerary have a new, luxury-class destination to aim for. Forty 1° North boasts a first-class marina and waterfront dining venue. The owners say Forty 1° North was specially designed  “to meet the needs of the sophisticated systems in today’s superyachts, offering both seasonal and transient dockage for yachts ranging from 45 to 250 feet. Partners in the Forty 1° North venture include Dorrance Hamilton, George Moore and Peter Borden.

The marina features new floating docks and electric service up to 480 volts, a requirement of the biggest superyachts. Forty 1° North also has a full program of services, including onboard cleaning, VIP launch, washdowns and pump-outs.  Private indoor and outdoor dining is available, along with ship-side dining service.

The Grill at Forty 1° North

Dining options deluxe at Forty 1° North

Diners at Forty 1° North have a couple of options.  The Grill at Forty 1° North offers open-air bar and restaurant seating. The restaurant was designed to integrate with a large deck area directly above the pier, so diners can eat al fresco while watching the Newport nautical world.  There is also the more casual Christie’s for breakfast and lunch during the summer, and dinner year-round.

Interestingly, Forty 1° North has four rental suites available for guests, and plans a 24-room luxury boutique hotel for 2009.  Forty 1° North has both seasonal and weekly “Guest Programs” that allow house-charging privileges, dinghy dockage and special events access.  If you’re looking for a little pampering on your Newport stop, have a look at Forty 1° North. Details below.


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Posted by oceanlines in Destinations