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The NBR Insider

Welcome to Pantaenius Yacht Insurance's behind-the-scenes coverage of the Newport Bermuda Race. As you track your favorites across 635 nautical miles, pour yourself a perfect Dark 'n' Stormy (recipe below) and keep reading to:

  • Learn some fascinating facts about this year's 50th "Thrash to the Onion Patch."
  • Feel the excitement of participating in the NBR through shared memories from skippers and crew who have been there, done that—and have fascinating tales to tell.
  • Discover how female captains are making their mark by meeting Sheila McCurdy, the NBR's highest-placing woman skipper.


The Newport Bermuda Race by the Numbers
With a history that counts 49 races, 5,189 boats, approximately 50,000 sailors, and a grand total of some 3,200,000 miles of blue water sailed to date, no wonder the Newport Bermuda Race remains the race to take part in. Here’s a snapshot of some fascinating statistics.

Captains and Crew Share their Most Memorable NBR Moments
Racing from Newport to Bermuda involves sailing 635 nautical miles across one of the most challenging stretches of the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on weather conditions, this is a race that can be won by large yachts, small yachts, or yachts falling somewhere in the middle of the fleet.

Woman at the helm
You probably already know that the 635-mile biennial Newport Bermuda Race is the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race. And it’s probably not news to you that between 160 and 200 boats sail this race every year. But did you also know that the very first Newport Bermuda Race included a female captain?


Dark ‘n’ Stormy
What sailor doesn’t look forward to a Dark ‘n’ Stormy that beckons at Bermuda’s finish line? There’s some fascinating trivia behind this national drink of Bermuda. For starters, it was invented by Bermudan naval officers more than 100 years ago—just after World War I.