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  1. Newport Bermuda Race 2018

    Thank you for the support!
  2. Newport Bermuda Race 2018

    Yes, we could work all year to get enough money to do the race and solely benefit from it and any potential publicity, but that doesn't help out the younger generation of sailors. A big part of this is to show that a young group of sailors with the help of the sailing community can go out and achieve success in one of the biggest offshore races in the world. We want this to help advance youth sailing, to encourage young sailors to compete in big races. Also, we do not expect that people will just want to give us a free ride to Bermuda that is why I am not on here begging people for money. If you feel like you this is something you wish to support you can donate or just give advice from previous races anything is helpful.
  3. Newport Bermuda Race 2018

    We have one crew member who has done the race before, one who has done the Halifax, two crew members who have done deliveries from Maine to Florida and gone through Bermuda. The boat has done the race before so all of the gear is to spec and has most of the safety gear. and the more expensive stuff we are borrowing from people who already have it and are not racing. entry fee will probably be covered mostly by the crew. money raised will go to food and dockage, as for the return the crew will be able to bring it back. We have made sure that we have enough experience to qualify and have worked with some people on staff to make sure we know what we need to do.
  4. Hello all, I wanted to tell you about a cool adventure that my friends and I have started. The 2018 Bermuda race has always been a goal of mine to do, turns out my friends shared the same interest. This past summer we began planning out the race, we figure that this will be the youngest crew to complete the race with an average age of 19. Our skipper may also be the youngest skipper at 18. All of us have been racing since before we can remember and between us have thousands of miles. We are taking the skippers' fathers boat, a 47-foot steel hulled vessel, not great for competitive racing unless it is blowing 30 but winning isn't everything. Since we are such a young crew we are trying to raise money from sailors who see this as a cool venture to get young sailors doing long distance races. Now here I am going to put on my solicitor's hat and ask that if you wish to help us out on the voyage to Bermuda this coming summer we have a go fund me page. (https://www.gofundme.com/newport-to-bermuda-race-2018?lang=en-US) Thank you for your time and if you have any tips, advise, or just want to wish us luck please leave a comment. Thank you from the crew of Feo
  5. Olson 30 doing a Bermuda race?

    From what I have read it seems like the ORR SI is a bad system for determining if a boat is able to make the cut. A history of Transpacs and Bermuda 1-2's should give the Olson 30 a little more credit as an Offshore capable boat. Also, it's not like you hear about how many boats got rolled by big waves on the Bermuda race each year. Would they grant waivers to boats that don't meet the ORR SI of 115? (where does 115 come from?) The Bermuda 40 which is one of the easiest most sea worthy boats I've ever sailed comes in at 110.
  6. Olson 30 doing a Bermuda race?

    We are trying to raise money to help with the cost so it is unclear how much we will have for the refit but the goal is somewhere around 8-10 so the boat can get new sails, updated electronics and if there's enough left over a sleek new paint job!
  7. Olson 30 doing a Bermuda race?

    I will check the rules to make sure the boat does comply. As for a sprit it is something I wanted to put on even before thinking about the Bermuda race because an asym is so much easier to use sailing solo. Getting the new sails and gear will be a bit of a struggle since the crew is young, only one over 20 by the start of the race, getting the money together will be the hardest part of the race (hopefully) but we hope to locally and through Kickstarter raise money to do the refit.
  8. I just recently purchased an Olson 30 in great condition and fulling geared up for racing. I have been really wanting to do the Bermuda race and obviously, it would be easiest to sail my own boat in the race. What would be needed to do a race like that in a like the Olson, I know they are TransPac worthy and quite well suited for it at that from how well they have historically done in the race, but the Bermuda Race is a totally different beast. Any help would be greatly appreciated!