Bermuda One-Two Race: Tristan Mouligne leads field to Leg One finish
Published on June 9th, 2015
(June 9, 2015) – Tristan Mouligne sailing the Quest 30 Mod Samba was the first boat to finish this year’s Bermuda One-Two Race, crossing the line at 0600 EDT. The wind had died around Bermuda for Mouligne, while the boats behind him were still in breeze and catching up to him. Mouligne took 6 hours to cover the final 19 nm. Shandygaff dropped out due to battery charging issues and Eagles Dare dropped out due to broken rudder. Both boats safely returned to port.
Twenty-six singlehanded boats started on June 5 the first 635 nm leg of the 20th biennial Bermuda One-Two Yacht Race between Newport, RI and St. George, Bermuda. The final miles were quite a contrast to most of the race, particularly the section leading up to and in the Gulf Stream where the winds were in the 30s out of the NE and ENE with steep waves.
The Bermuda One-Two Race started in 1977 and races every other year. The race consists of two legs; a singlehanded leg to Bermuda and a doublehanded return leg to Newport, RI.
Tristan, a veteran of this race, started as crew for his father Patrick in this race and built up to sailing the race alone when he was 19, sailing the doublehanded leg with his brother John Jay. John Jay is again sailing back with Tristan in this edition.
Five classes are competing, including an Open 6.5 Minis class, with boats varying from a J/122 to an Alberg 37. The doublehanded second leg from St. George to Newport begins June 18. The Bermuda One-Two is run by the Newport Yacht Club in Newport, RI. Details.