Saturday, June 11, 2016

Annapolis 2 Bermuda Race Preview

J/160 sailing Annapolis to Bermuda (Annapolis, MD)- 2016 will be the 20th running of the biannual Annapolis-Bermuda Ocean Race and we are working hard to make it the best race ever. We are proud to announce the Race has a new sponsor club in Bermuda, the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club, located in the heart of the Island's center.

The Annapolis-Bermuda Ocean Race provides a unique combination of inshore and offshore racing through its route down the Chesapeake Bay, across the Gulfstream, and onto Bermuda.  It enables many sailors to fulfill a lifelong ambition: a blue water passage to a coral island with white sandy beaches and legendary hospitality.

The Race covers 753 miles, making it the longest ocean race on the east coast of the U.S.

A number of PHRF and class divisions ensure a competitive experience for both seasoned racers and more casual cruisers.  A major objective of the Race is to promote the art of navigation for more sailors.  A2B provides these challenges within a framework designed for safe offshore sailing.

The fleet is limited to 50 entries, which allows the committee and host clubs to be responsive to the needs of each entrant--a major objective of the race organizers.

The Eastport Yacht Club hosts pre-race social events leading up to the race start, while the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club provides participants with a wonderful venue upon their arrival in Bermuda. The Club provides dockage, a restaurant and bar, showers and laundry and is conveniently situation across from the harbor from downtown Hamilton.

Sailing in the ORR Division will be the J/46 MEDLEY skippered by Mike Boylan from Georgetown Racing Fleet in Blue Bell, PA.  In the PHRF Spinnaker racing division of eleven boats will be Lynn McClaskey’s J/110 CIMARRON from Crofton, MD; the J/111 BAD CAT skippered by James Whited from St Leonard, MD; and the J/42 SCHEMATIC sailed by Robert Fox from Arlington, VA.   For more Annapolis to Bermuda Race sailing information