they’ll be gentle

A little info from our friend Kit Will…

Anyone considering sailing in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race, or sailing anywhere offshore, should know about the upcoming seminar sponsored by Brewer Yacht Yard Group, the Official Boat Preparation Resource of the Newport Bermuda Race. The seminar will be held Saturday, September 7, at the Brewer Pilots Point Marina at Westbrook, CT.

Speakers will include Rives Potts, owner-skipper of the 2010 and 2012 St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy winner Carina, meteorologist Bill Biewenga, and highly accomplished ocean racer and UK Sailmaker Butch Ulmer. Other topics include: entering the race, preparing for the mandatory boat inspection, optimizing your boat for performance, winning strategies on the race course, guidance on navigation and weather, and crew management.

The day-long seminar is geared both to sailors who want to improve their performance, and to those considering entering their first Newport Bermuda Race or making their first offshore passage. A special 8:00 am session for “first-timers” (but open to all) will cover all aspects of planning the race-from selecting crew to where to stay on the island. “Race-ready” boats such as Carina will be available to tour and presenters and Brewer staff members will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions. The cost of $100 per boat allows you to bring as many of your crew as you want. The net proceeds will be donated to the Bonnell Cove Foundation to further safety at sea research and education.

For more information on the seminar and to register, please visit www.byy.com/NBR or contact Lynn Oliver at [email protected].