After this season’s sailing calendar was dismantled by myriad COVID cancellations, many race organizers have gotten creative about how to keep the spirit alive. The 2020 Newport Bermuda is no exception, having announced an online version of their classic biennial race, a partnership with sailonline.org. The event is set to kick off this Friday, June 19 at 1300 EDT.
All are welcome to this free virtual event. Each participant will compete in a one design fleet in their chosen division—the double-handed division, “aboard” the new Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300, the St. David’s Lighthouse Division with a Dehler 46, the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division on an X-Yachts Xp 55, or the Finisterre Division with an Italia 14.98. The simulator will use the conditions that the 2020 fleet would have experienced to test participants’ navigation and routing skills. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each division at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by Goslings Rum.
To learn more and to register, click here.