Team RMYS competes in Newport-to-Bermuda race

RMYS members & David Taylor

On June 19th nine intrepid RMYS members schlepped their virtual boats to the starting line of the 635-mile biennial Newport Bermuda Race run virtually this year by Sail Online (SOL). First run in 1906 it is one of the oldest regularly scheduled ocean races and one of the three great classics along with the Fastnet and Sydney-to-Hobart. All nine RMYS competitors have written race reports.

The first “Thrash to the Onion Patch” was an act of rebellion. In 1906, the Establishment believed that it would be insane for amateur sailors to race offshore in boats under 80 feet. Thomas Fleming Day, the feisty editor of The Rudder magazine, vehemently disagreed, insisting, “The danger of the sea for generations has been preached by the ignorant.” Interestingly for us Melbournians, in 1907 Thomas Fleming Day wrote to his friend, the Commodore of the Geelong Yacht Club, T. A. Dickson, suggesting a race across Bass Strait to Tasmania in order to promote the sport of yachting, a race that is still run each year as the Melbourne-to-Devonport race.

The nine competitors from RMYS were (in finishing order):

  • Alex Simopoulos (Xp55)
  • Peter Carr (Italia 14.98)
  • Phil Grossi (Italia 14.98)
  • David Taylor (Sun Fast 3300)
  • Stephen Hopkins (Sun Fast 3300)
  • Sabina Rosser (Sun Fast 3300)
  • Greg Patten (Sun Fast 3300)
  • Alistair Hart (Sun Fast 3300)
  • Cameron Reed (Sun Fast 3300)

Everyone who competed from RMYS wrote a race report and they have been combined together in to a single report for publication (available here). The podiums for all four class races and quite a number of other race reports are available on the SOL site. Reports are from a range of people including both regular sailors and newbies. It includes the experiences of those new to SOL as well as a few old hands.

Have a read and find out what some of your fellow RMYS members and others from around the world have been doing while we have all been hiding away in isolation.