Diverse Fleet for Newport Bermuda Race:
In what promises to be the third largest race in its 110 year history, the 50th Bermuda Race now expects to see 192 boats on the starting line in Newport on June 17. This 50th edition of “the Thrash of the Onion Patch” has one of the largest and most diverse fleets of monohull oceangoing boats since the race was founded in 1906. Only two other Newport Bermuda Races have been larger, the Centennial Race in 2006 with 265 boats and the 2008 race with 197. Full report.
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Diverse Fleet for Newport Bermuda Race, Editor
François Gabart on Standby for Transatlantic Record Attempt:
(June 1, 2016) – Three weeks after his victory in The Transat Bakerly, François Gabart (FRA) enters a standby period today with a view to attempting the 2818 miles North Atlantic record, from West to East.
Together with Jean-Yves Bernot, his weather router, the skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran is on the lookout for a good weather window to get underway and take on the challenge of attempting this record held by Francis Joyon since 2013 (5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds).
Gabart finished The Transat Bakerly on May 11, completing the 3,050-nautical mile passage across the north Atlantic from Plymouth to New York in 8 days, 8 hours, 54 minutes, and 39 seconds.
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – François Gabart on Standby for Transatlantic Record Attempt, Editor