How to follow Newport Bermuda Race
Published on June 6th, 2016
When the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race gets underway on June 17, remote spectators will be able to watch the start online and also track their favorite teams throughout the 635-mile ocean classic from Newport, RI to Bermuda.
Livestream video will be provided for the start, with commentator Andy Green overlooking the course at the Inn at Castle Hill assisted by cameras on the hill and on the water.
Once the race is underway, Andy Green will deliver online commentary on the race website every morning and afternoon at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 5pm. Updates, weather, team strategic analysis, competitor insights and a look at overnight possibilities are the bill-of-fare. The program will also air on Newport radio FM 105.9.
Both livestream and tracking is available through apps for mobile devices.
Bermuda Race tracking will be updated at approximately 5 and 35 minutes past every hour. In order to keep boats from taking tactical advantage of others’ positions, the position reported will be delayed by 4 hours from the start until 50 nautical miles from Bermuda’s St David’s Lighthouse finish line. Inside of 50 nautical miles to Bermuda, a boat’s tracked position will be closer to real time.
The first warning signal on June 17 is scheduled for 2:50 pm ET in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay off Castle Hill. As of June 3, 192 boats have entered in six divisions which will be divided in classes of about 15 boats each plus a class for the four-boat Spirit of Tradition Division.
Daily Reports with Andy Green
10am – Race Report
Daily update from Andy
A look at the tracker
A touch of weather
Interesting latest news
12pm – Weather
Weather up date with Joe Cooper
In-depth looks at the systems on the water
Thoughts about team strategy v weather
2pm – Competitor Insight
Phone in from a competitor (s)
First hand report of life on board a race boat
Interview with past competitor
5pm – Race Rap
Race up-date for the day
Catch up with ‘Spirit of Bermuda’ and the yacht ‘America’
The night to come
Background: The 635-mile Newport Bermuda Race, starting on June 17, is the 50th edition and also marks the 90th anniversary of the partnership of the organizers, the Cruising Club of America and Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
Source: Talbot Wilson & Associates