Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Newport to Bermuda Sailors Relax at 9 Beaches

Every other year, hundreds of yachts participate in the Newport to Bermuda Yacht Race. The course begins in Newport, Rhode Island and takes sailors 635 miles into the Atlantic Ocean to Bermuda.

Navigators must stay alert as they dodge the coral reefs that extend for miles from the north of the main island. The yachts passed right by 9 Beaches as they neared their destination – what a beautiful sight to see.

A J44 sailboat, Resolute, arrived in Bermuda on June 25 with a crew of 10. Crew members were Josh Ledwith, Fred Madeira (owner and skipper), John Madeira (Fred's son), Tim Hussey (navigator), Philip Hussey (Tim's son), Jon Hussey (Tim's brother), Tom Hussey (Tim's cousin), David Williams, Geoff Emmanual and Gary Robinson.

Only David Williams and Geoff Emmanuel had previously participated in the race, 26 years ago! The rest of the crew enjoyed sailing the Newport to Bermuda Race for the first time.

To relax after the long trip, the group of 10 friends and family (many have known each other for 41 years) treated themselves to a vacation at 9 Beaches. Tim said "the nicest thing about this race is ending in Bermuda. We really enjoyed relaxing together after an intense crossing."

Have you ever sailed the Newport to Bermuda race? We’d love to hear your stories.