Saturday, June 16, 2012

Newport Bermuda Race 2012

Yesterday was the start of the Newport Bermuda race.

At the Newport Shipyard, everyone was making their final preparations.
The Crew

The Intriguing Loon Point
The water was choppy, but it was not as bad as many had feared just a few hours earlier.
Spirit of Bermuda, A Class of One
The Coast Guard was seemingly everywhere, which is a good thing

A. Rives Potts, Jr. of ‘Carina’ ** Update ** Carina Wins Second Straight Lighthouse Trophy 

Rives Potts’ McCurdy and Rhodes 48-foot ‘Carina’

'Carina’ Crew

Now this is a Committee Boat!  It is not every vessel that is able to anchor in 200 feet of water.
Bermuda's Nasty Medicine
There is always a little pre-race intimidation attempted.
As a side note, Dubarry footwear was everywhere.
United States Merchant Marine Academy's Wizard
The United States Naval Academy's Defiance
It would have been easier taking pictures of a field of fireflies than of this event.  The 360 degree immersion in beauty is unforgettable.
Closer to the start times, sails started to go up.
At 1:20 pm,  the Class 3's were off.
Dubarry Footwear 

Off to Bermuda

Spectators filled the lawn at Castle Hill Inn.
Dubarry Footwear
Newport always entertains.

Many considered this a dry run for the upcoming America's Cup pre-races.

** Monday update **

Spirit of Bermuda suspended racing last night to respond to a medical emergency aboard a fellow Newport Bermuda Race entry.


Anonymous said...


(and so funny -------Hipster Foppery, Surburban Frills,
and Cuko-esque cheap construction!)

Mom on the Run said...

I adore "The Rock" and am a fan of the Charleston to Bermuda race down here in our neck of the woods.

Worthington said...

I have done the Charleston to Bermuda race before and know it happens alternate years. Never before have I bothered to wonder if the Newport to Bermuda race is what occurs on alternate years?

Sailing really is a beautiful scene. I love how you captured the kaleidoscope of colors when the spinnakers were out.

The Intrepid French Learner said...

Absolutely beautiful and exciting photos, and clever writing today! I love your terms for the non-preppy clothing you don't like.

But... do you really read Vogue and Vanity Fair? :-)

Susan R said...

The photos are super, the boats are divine and the preppy wear not to be outdone.
I'm kind of partial to the "Moonshine" myself. It's a beauty. As much as I love the boats, I would, more than likely, have been a spectator at Castle Hill. I have never been able to find my sea legs and would be turning green 10 minutes into the ride.
Now I've always considered you a traditional-type trendsetter when it comes to clothing Muffy, but you have some wonderful phrases that I might just need to sneek into my vocab. My favorites are "hipster foppery" and "cuckoo-esque". You're a gem.

Bitsy said...

Fantastic post, spectacular photos! A life without sailing would be sad, indeed. We've participated in the Newport Beach-Ensenada Race, on the 'Left Coast', which doesn't quite have the history of the Newport-Bermuda, but is thrilling, nonetheless. This post truly captures the beauty of sailing.

Farrah said...

Lovely life you lead Miss Muffy! I especially enjoy seeing your smiling face!

Michael C said...

Stunning, absolutely stunning! Once again I regret living in wisconsin...

WRJ said...

These photos are spectacular!

Sailors seem to have an unusual degree of passion for their sport (yours is plain in this and past entries on the subject!). Whether it's my friend's father insisting on spending at least four days per week on the water or my parent's next door neighbor who rigs up and masterfully handles his boat at 80+ years (while wearing Reds!), those who have been bitten by the bug have it bad.

I grew up sailing every summer on junky, tiny boats and loving it nonetheless. (In fact, my camp counselor once wrote my parents to tell them that it was the only time I was tolerable!) I'd love to get back into it but don't currently have a life allowing for extracurriculars. So in the meantime, the photos are much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Posts like these make me glad I turned on my computer here in rainy old England. Thanks.

Cranky Yankee said...

Since today is Father's Day, thoughts naturally turn to neckties. But wait. This post is about the Bermuda Race. Bermuda? Neckties? Got it! The Doghouse Tie from the late, great Trimingham's.

I still have one that I bought there in the mid 60s...and fond memories of Front Street.

John said...

Wow, those boys play rough! "Nasty Medicine" looks like the New England equivalent of a monster truck...not that I'd know about that.

JWF said...

Great pictures, Muffy.

I don't believe I have commented before; however, as a recent transplant to New England your blog has slowly grown on me and helped me to better understand the culture in which I now live. So thank you and again, great pictures!

Greenfield said...

Those boats look incredibly--UNCOMFORTABLE! May they all get there swift and safe!

The Intrepid French Learner said...

Muffy - thanks for directing me to the old post, and now I remember seeing it.

Your interest in Vogue, in particular, is surprising, simply because a large focus of this blog is clothing, and your style is so different from that of Anna Wintour! Vogue has a focus on the style du jour. I suppose, though, there is a common thread of excellence. (I used to have an interest in Anna Wintour as a person, and read a couple interesting biographies.) Have you met her?

Kris said...

Who makes your good looking navy jacket

Oxford Cloth Button Down said...

Wow, you captured the race day intensity and excitement so well!

Patsy said...

2 race boats went to the assistance of Seabiscuit - Flying Lady and Spirit of Bermuda.

The racer will be fine, he was taken about the cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas suffering from dehydration.

Sartre said...

"Hipster foppery, suburban frills, and cuckoo-esque cheap construction" -- maybe the funniest thing I've ever read in the blogosphere.

My Dubarrys have a whimsical red emblem on the left shoe and a green one on the right.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. Love the blog. I'm curious-can you provide a few examples of "suburban frill"?

j.mosby said...

Great photo essay A+! Looks like you couldn't ask for more of a beautiful day to be on the water!

Paul Connors said...

Your little Canon did NOT fail you again. Great photos, as usual and you were blessed with some really fine weather. These are GREAT race photos and really enliven your commentaries on Newport, season by season.

Paul Connors

Paul Connors said...

Let us not forget to thank the men and women of the US COAST GUARD who were present and available had the need arisen for the racing boats and crews and those who were in the waters nearby. As someone whose life was saved by a Coastie in 1991, I will never forget them and what they do for us.


Paul Connors

binker said...

Muffy....thank you so much for making me love sailing again. My favorite Aunt was killed in a sailing accident (she and my uncle sailed six months of each year) during a storm off of Antigua. They never found her. My uncle never sailed again and the thought of sailing reminded me too much of her. I sailed on that boat. Your photos make me want to get back out on the water again. My birthday is in August...and I plan to make that a date to move forward and enjoy things I have put on the back burner. I will celebrate life and celebrate sailing. I think that is what my aunt would have wanted. She absolutely loved sailing.

Farrah said...

After looking through the photos again, I must say that I must favor the boat named "Moonshine" as I am from Kentucky and live in Georgia.

@ Binker, good for you. I cried too!

Anonymous said...

I see a nice shot of the winning captain! Great photos.


Paul Connors said...

The USCG buoy tender is the USCGC Juniper.

JDSprouse said...

Nice pictures, wish I could have been there.
We visited Newport in October of 2008. We saw the America's Cup Museum and had Chowda at the Black Pearl. We might be going back to RI to Block Island, Newport and to Bristol to see the Hershoff Museum this September. Any other suggestions?

As to the gentleman's Aunt that died in the sailing accident, very sad. Still go sailing. I'm sure she would have wanted you to do it.
I saw a sailboat in Cape May, NJ that was called "Aunt Grace". She had left her nephews some money, they bought the boat and named it after her. A fitting tribute.

Where are your "navigator" sun glasses? I had green polarized, prescription lenes put in my gold navigator frames and of course "croakies". I don't need to lose them in the water after going to that expense.

Carpe Diem,


Aeryn said...

Hi Muffy,
Gorgeous photos but let's get down to business -- who makes that jacket you're wearing? It's amazing on you!!

Kerry said...

Love the last photo of Bob Jonstone relaxing aboard the Zurn Yacht designed mJm 40Z