2016 Newport Bermuda Race

This year’s "Thrash to the Onion Patch," which starts on Friday, June 16, is the 50th running of the biennial offshore race, and the entry list is one of the largest the race has seen in its history.

Newport Bermuda Race Start
Almost 200 boats will start the Newport Bermuda Race on Friday.Lisa Gabrielson

Friday, June 16, marks the start of the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race in Newport, Rhode Island. Included on the roster are internationally recognized syndicates, local favorites, historic offshore programs, neophytes, and imports from around the globe.

Perhaps the most recognizable name on the entry list is Jim and Kristy Clark's supermaxi Comanche. The team has its sights set on taking down the elapsed time race record of 39 hours and 39 minutes, set by Rambler 88 in 2012. With an average speed of 16 knots for the 635-mile race course from the start at the mouth of Narragansett Bay to the finish off St. David's Head, Bermuda Rambler has set the bar high.

The 2016 edition is also the first year a Chinese flagged team will sail in the race, aboard a J/44 chartered from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Team Noahs is the first racing team with all Chinese members, from skipper to crew to sponsors, and they own the only TP52 in China. Team Noahs also has plans to sail Sydney Hobart this year.

Actaea, Michael Cone's Hinckley Bermuda 40, among the smaller boats in the fleet, will be back to defend her title as the 2014 winner of the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy for best overall corrected time.

The start of the race will be live streamed on Friday, June 17th, 2 pm EDT. In addition, throughout the race there will be four daily commentary videos featuring Andy Green. Check the Newport Bermuda Race Facebook page and bermudarace.com for updates and links to these videos as they happen.