Racing to Bermuda
Since 1923, the CCA has managed a challenging 635 mile ocean race
The Cruising Club of America reestablished the Bermuda Race in 1923. Previous races had been sailed in 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, and 1910. Since 1926, the CCA and Royal Bermuda Yacht Club have collaborated to organize the race.
Newport Bermuda Race Winners. There are now five divisions (amateur, professional, cruiser, doublehanded, and open). Although there is no official overall winner, the winner of the St. David’s Lighthouse Division, the largest division (for boats with amateur helmsmen), is regarded as the top boat in the fleet.
Newport Bermuda Race Winners
From 1923 to 1934 it was a 660-mile race from New London to Bermuda (except in 1932 when the start was off Montauk and the race was 628 miles). Since 1936 it has been a 635-mile race from Newport to Bermuda (except in 1970 when an extra leg made it 679 miles). No races were held during World War II.
All Newport Bermuda Race entries are monohull boats between approximately 35 and 100 feet in length overall. A number of rating rules have been used to handicap the race, including several developed wholly or in part by the CCA and its members: the CCA Rule, the Measurement Handicap System (MHS), the International Measurement System (IMS), and today’s Offshore Racing Rule. (The International Offshore Rule (IOR) was also observed for a time.)
This list includes the number of boats starting the race, the winning boat, and the owner/skipper of the winning boat.
1923, 22 starters, Malabar IV, John G. Alden
1924, 14 starters, Memory, Robert N. Bavier
1926, 16 starters, Malabar VII, John G. Alden
1928, 25 starters, Rugosa II, Russell Grinnell
1930, 42 starters, Malay, Raymond W. Ferris
1932, 27 starters, Malabar X, John G. Alden
1934, 29 starters, Edlu, Rudolph J. Schaefer
1936, 44 starters, Kirawan, Robert P. Baruch
1938, 38 starters, Baruna, Henry C. Taylor
1946, 31 starters, Gesture, A. Howard Fuller
1948, 36 starters, Baruna, Henry C. Taylor
1950, 59 starters, Argyll, William T. Moore
1952, 58 starters, Carina, Richard S. Nye
1954, 77 starters, Malay, Daniel D. Strohmeier
1956, 89 starters, Finisterre, Carleton Mitchell
1958, 111 starters, Finisterre, Carleton Mitchell
1960, 131 starters, Finisterre, Carleton Mitchell
1962, 131 starters, Niña, DeCoursey Fales
1964, 143 starters, Burgoo, Milton Ernstof
1966, 167 starters, Thunderbird, T. Vincent Learson
1968, 152 starters, Robin, Ted Hood
1970, 152 starters, Carina, Richard S. Nye
1972, 178 starters, Noryema IV, Ron W. Amey
1974, 166 starters, Scaramouche, Charles E. Kirsch
1976, 150 starters, Running Tide, A. G. VanMetre
1978, 161 starters, IOR, Acadia, Burt H. Keenan; MHS, Babe, Arnold C. Gay
1980, 160 starters, MHS, Holger Danske, Richard Wilson
1982, 178 starters, IOR, Carina, Richard B. Nye; MHS, Brigadoon III, Robert W. Morton
1984, 115 starters, IOR, Merrythought, Jack King; IMS, Pamir, Francis H. Curren Jr.
1986, 125 starters, IOR, Silver Star, D. H. Clarke; IMS, Puritan, Donald P. Robinson
1988, 120 starters, IOR, Congere, Beven Koeppel; IMS, Cannonball, Charles A. Robertson
1990, 145 starters, IMS, Denali, Lawrence S. Huntington
1992, 117 starters, Constellation, U. S. Naval Academy
1994, 149 starters, Gaylark, Kaighn Smith
1996, 145 starters, Boomerang, George Coumantaros
1998, 162 starters, Kodiak, E. Llwyd Ecclestone
2000, 175 starters, Restless, E. E. Crawford
2002, 182 starters, Racing, Blue Yankee, Robert Towse; Cruiser/Racer, Zaraffa, Huntington Sheldon
2004, 156 starters, Racing, Rosebud, Roger Sturgeon; Cruiser/Racer, Alliance, Dominick Porco
2006, 263 starters, Sinn Fein, Peter S. Rebovich Sr.
2008, 197 starters, Sinn Fein, Peter S. Rebovich Sr.
2010, 183 starters, Carina, A. Rives Potts
2012, 164 starters, Carina, A. Rives Potts