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Newport to Bermuda race

The colours and atmosphere of the bi-annual Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda sailing race has been filling the harbour and streets of Hamilton in Bermuda this week.

The island has slowly been getting tourists and visitors back, and it’s nice to see the capital’s streets bursting with life again.

This was the first running of the Newport to Bermuda race since 2018. The first one took place in 1906, and is the oldest ocean race for amateur sailors.

The race got underway on Friday 17th June, with the 187 strong fleet starting the 635-nautical mile ocean race, with this year seeing the first ever Saturday finisher, with Argo setting a new record time of only 33 hours. The Argo crew smashed every record ever associated with the Newport to Bermuda race’s history and more than 30 hour’s quicker than the winners in 2018.

The prize giving is tonight at Government House and tomorrow most of the 186 boats and 1,750 crew will depart the island and leave a big hole at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC), where the boats and their bright nautical flags have bobbed and fluttered all week.

Bermuda’s capital Hamilton has been full of sun and rum kissed sailors all week, and hopefully the bars and restaurants made some much needed money.

One tragic piece of news from the race was the death of captain Colin Golder on the 42-foot sloop Morgan of Marietta who died after going overboard in strong winds approximately 325 miles from Bermuda last Sunday.

After extended effort, Mr. Golder’s body was recovered by the vessel’s crew, and the boat returned to the U.S. mainland. Mr Golder was from New Jersey and was 74-years old. An investigation continues into the incident.

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