Racing Single-Handed from Newport to Bermuda (And Double-Handed Back)
Presenter: Roy Greenwald
Those who sail inshore often aspire to racing. And those who race inshore often aim towards offshore races. The offshore racers find themselves moving into multi-day ocean races. For some, the next step leads to a multi-day, single-handed offshore race. When the track runs from Newport to Bermuda, the challenges of the Gulf Stream and notorious temperamental weather systems also get thrown into the mix. Roy Greenwald shares his experience on what led him to think about sailing in the Bermuda 1-2 race, which is not only a single-handed race TO Bermuda, but also includes a return double-handed leg back home. He will discuss how one ends up making such a decision, planning for the race, preparing the boat, strategy concerns, sleep and safety management and the challenges of the race itself. You just might find yourself inspired to give it a try!
is a life-long sailor who grew up plying the waters of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. Sailing and racing primarily with his wife Gail, they have sailed their Valiant 42, Cordelia, almost 40,000 miles. They have crossed both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, and have completed three Bermuda 1-2 races, three Marion-Bermuda races and one Newport-Bermuda race. Their accomplishments include many first in class and high fleet finishes, and their experience includes flat calms mid-ocean, an onboard fire during an Atlantic crossing, and multi-day battles with storm conditions at sea. Roy has published several articles in Blue Water Sailing
magazine and is a past commodore of the Blue Water Sailing Club. He is presently a committee member with the Bermuda 1-2 race organization.
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