Gentlemen, start your engines. Or whatever the sailing equivalent of preparing for a major race is (Hoist the sails? Batten down the hatches?). According to Cruising World, the Notice of Race for the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race has officially been posted, which essentially means all you sailors hoping to enter the “thrash to the Onion Patch” have until March 30 to enter the historic international ocean race (thanks for the pic PPL photo agency). What? You’ve never heard about the Newport Bermuda Race? Founded in 1906 as the first ocean race for amateur sailors, the race has since become one of the world’s premier sailing events—a 635-mile open-ocean contest, most of it out of sight of land. Every two years in mid-June a fleet of nearly 200 boats in five classes set sail from Newport, Rhode Island, to the Royal Naval Yacht Club in Hamilton, Bermuda, and luckily for us islanders, this is the year. The race kicks off on June 18 and normally takes five to six days to complete. Which means right around the weekend of June 25, there should be a big 'ol party here in Bermuda. Tourists, book your hotels now. So what are you waiting for? If you’d like to take part in one of the greatest open-water adventures in the Atlantic, I’d suggest you get cracking. And if any of you captains out there feel like bringing a blogger turned amateur sailor aboard, consider me—and Bermuda Shorts—reporting for duty.
is a Bermuda-based travel writer and television correspondent. To read his work visit DavidLaHuta.com or to follow him on Twitter visit Twitter.com/DavidLaHuta. Visiting Bermuda? Read his story, 36 Hours in Bermuda, which appeared in the New York Times travel section in September 2009 (http://bit.ly/36HoursBermuda) and Jetsetter's The Many Faces of Bermuda, which ran in January 2011 (http://bit.ly/FacesOfBDA).