Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bermuda One-Two Update

(Newport, RI/ St George's, Bermuda)- One of the long-standing challenges for offshore sailors has been the many races or cruises to that famous offshore garden spot renowned for colorful shorts, drinks called "dark & stormies", and pink beaches-- a.k.a. Bermuda.  Participating this week are teams from around the world sailing the popular "Bermuda One-Two" event.  The race is 635nm from Newport to Bermuda, outbound is single-handed and the return from Bermuda to Newport is sailed double-handed.

Sailing in this year's event is the J/122 RESOLUTE skippered by Scot Miller outbound and on the return as double-hander with George Hazelton.

The start of the race on June 8th was gorgeous, with sun, wind and a beam reach out of Narragansett Bay! After the first day of sailing, most of the boats are generally to the west of the rhumb line.  The question will be is it enough with the predicted southerly's expected as they get closer to Bermuda.  The fleet is providing daily reports and as one of the "luxury yachts" in the fleet, the J/122 RESOLUTE is providing daily fleet updates.  It is a wonderful scenario to provide such help to the varied fleet of boats, both as a "social event" but also as part of an on-going, real-time, safety monitoring program for the entire fleet.  For more Bermuda One-Two sailing information