Photo by Salt Water New England

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Snapshots from the Archives: Newport to Bermuda

Photos by Salt Water New England


  1. Castle Hill! I had my honeymoon there. Actually, we only had enough to stay a couple of days so it was just a mini-moon, but we can't wait to go back!

  2. Such wonderful photos! What a way to start my Sunday. Puts me even more in the mood to go out and work on my boat after breakfast! Thank you so much.

  3. Wow! Summer perfection.

  4. Did a first, and last, Newport-Bermuda Race 1972 through hurricane Agnes... no need to repeat...

  5. that beautiful little furry face! ... just happy to be aboard!

  6. My uncle was on the Newport to Bermuda Race Committee years ago and told me about the first, sailed in 1906 and considered to be the origin of modern ocean racing. One of the participants caused a bit of an uproar as she, Thora Lund Robinson, insisted she sail with her husband in a race explicitly designed for "real men". Contemporary newspapers referred to her as "plucky", "a mere girl" and a "little woman". Other more condescending remarks appeared in print, such as "a lady of the petite, frail type.” Of the three boats that started, two finished, including Gauntlet, the Robinson's 28 ft sloop, which sailed through a gale to reach Bermuda with Thora at the helm. No comment by me could improve upon this story.


    1. My mother-in-law raced with my father-in-law and was invariably referred to in the papers as "pretty Joan" and "wee wife" among other things.

  7. One of our good friends has taken part in a race to Bermuda (but from the Chesapeake). He tells us that once under way, you get up in the morning and it looks like you're in the same place. He is an ex-Navy flier but his last duty assignment was to teach sailing at the Naval Academy--and he's from Nebraska!