Newport Bermuda Race Notice of Race and Safety Requirements Posted

Published on November 3rd, 2013

The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has posted the Notice of Race for the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race® in its web site documents area at  The Newport Bermuda Race Safety Requirements have also been posted.  These requirements are based on US Sailing’s new “Ocean-level” standard, and include Newport Bermuda Race prescriptions.

BROC Chairman Fred Deichmann said, “We are pleased to present the Notice of Race so that competitors may begin planning their entry in our 2014 race.  We are also enthusiastic about our new 2014 Newport Bermuda Race Safety Requirements and expect that competitors will find them compact, specific, and easy to understand and use.”

“We urge everyone interested in the 2014 Race, newcomers and vets alike, to read the new NOR now,” Deichmann added.

Significant changes for 2014 include

  • introduction of a performance screen value as an additional aid in proper assignment of yachts to the St. David’s Lighthouse and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Divisions,
  • requirements that many documents be kept aboard rather than submitted to the Organizing Authority,
  • adoption of the Newport Bermuda Race Safety Requirements which are expected to simplify preparation for the inspection process and the inspection itself,
  • introduction of time penalties for failure to meet entry dates and deadlines to enhance competition and improve race administration.

Additional changes include new prizes for regional competitions, a prize for 4-handed crews in the Cruiser Division and a prize for combined Annapolis-Newport/Newport Bermuda Race entries for IRC scored yachts.

The 2014 Notice of Race is posted on the race web site at .The 2014 Newport Bermuda Race Safety Requirements can be found on the race web site at

The new safety requirements are among the many topics concerning the race and long-distance sailing that will be addressedat the Cruising Club of America Bermuda Race Safety at Sea Seminar in Newport, R.I., on March 15-16.  More information about the seminar and a link to registration are at

Bermuda is the Official Host of the Newport Bermuda Race. For details on all the excitement and events Bermuda has to offer, call your travel agent or visit

Gosling’s Rum is the Official Rum of the Newport Bermuda Race. Try a Dark ‘n Stormy ®, the taste of Bermuda. For more information visit

Pantaenius American Yacht Insurance is the official lead sponsor of the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race’s tracker, which will be visible on the race’s web site: .

Newport Shipyard is the Official Shipyard of the Newport Bermuda Race. Come get ready for Bermuda, swap strategies, and walk the docks among veteran sailors.

Brewer Yacht Yard Group is the Official Boat Preparation Resource of the Newport Bermuda Race Experienced staff at Brewer yards from New York to Maine will help you and your crew plan and prepare for a successful race.   

For information about the Newport Bermuda Race® contact
John Rousmaniere: email +1 646 573-2024
Talbot Wilson: email +1 850 217-7138

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