The 2018 Antigua Bermuda Race will start on May 9, 2018, organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week. The 935 mile offshore race is supported by the Bermuda Tourism Authority and Goslings Rum. Yachts of 40ft and over will be racing under the IRC, ORCsy, PCS and the CSA Racing Rules, with the latter amended to permit boats to use their engines, subject to a time penalty.
Early entries for the second edition of the Antigua Bermuda Race promise a variety of yachts, including hi-tech ocean racers, luxury bluewater yachts and performance cruisers. In addition, Gosling Rum continues their support, ensuring a superb party in Nelson's Dockyard Antigua prior to the start, and a memorable Prize Giving at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. It is expected that many of the 25+ Atlantic Anniversary Regatta participants will join the race in anticipation of their July race from Bermuda to Hamburg.
Fresh from their success as overall winners of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race, the first leg of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta, Eric de Turckheim's Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine has confirmed their entry and will be a strong contender for the IRC Racing Division: "The Antigua Bermuda Race fits perfectly into the schedule for Teasing Machine and gives the team the experience of racing to Bermuda," commented Teasing Machine Tactician Laurent Pages. "We are expecting good opposition, which will be great fun and an opportunity to improve the performance of the boat and the crew. The Antigua Bermuda Race is unlike many other offshore races because at 935 miles it is longer than most and the majority of the course is away from the influences of land."
Oyster Yachts Chief Executive Officer, David Tydeman has confirmed that there will be an Oyster Class for the Antigua Bermuda Race: "For Oyster owners wishing to join us for the Oyster Regatta in Bermuda, 21st-26th May, this passage event could be a great way to make the journey," explained Tydeman. "Oysters will be racing under the IRC Rating Rule and the CSA Racing Rule, with the latter amended to permit boats to use their engines, subject to a time penalty. The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, has many years of experience hosting the Newport Bermuda Race and Antigua is the spiritual Caribbean home of Oyster, which will guarantee a fantastic welcome and a great party in Bermuda."
Jeremi Jablonski's American Hanse 43 Avanti was runner-up in both IRC and the CSA Classes last year and returns full of enthusiasm for the Antigua Bermuda Race: "First of all you have the safety of travelling in a large organised group, and the friendly competition brings more excitement to our passage making," commented Jablonski. "The camaraderie before, during and after the race makes it a very unique event, as you can meet racing and cruising sailors alike."
Ocean Racers' Hermes also has berths. Ocean Racers is a crew of ambitious, fun-loving sailors with professional experience and passion for ocean racing. With experience in training and racing, Ocean Racers provides a gateway into the world of offshore sailing and adventure — making everyone a true member of the crew! Hermes is a Pogo 12.50 — a racing cruiser equipped for circumnavigation and modeled after Class 40s. Packed with speed and stability, the Pogo 12.50 does not sacrifice comfort for performance.
The fleet is lining up for the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta (AAR) which starts off Bermuda on July 8th 2018 to cross the Atlantic ocean. All competitors of the legendary Antigua Bermuda Race are invited to join the AAR fleet and make the passage to Europe combined to meet competition, safety and fun. Organizers will assist to transfer different ratings as easy as possible. Amongst other offshore bullets, like "Rambler88", "Teasing Machine", "Outsider" or "Varuna", "Malizia", Class 40s "RED2 and "Mariejo" or the TP52 "ROCKALL V" there will be a strong competition in the building fleet. The North Atlantic is expected to deliver prime- conditions for offshore sailing.
The crews will be battling their way through the Atlantic playground, leading the yachts from Bermu- da to Germany. Once they crossed the finish-line off Cuxhaven, a massive welcome by the Norddeutsche Regatta Verein (NRV) awaits the crews. The AAR celebrates the 150th anniversary of the NRV, so all competitors can expect a well setup up reception and some great days of celebration in Hamburg. The AAR itself will start on 8th of July 2018 in the crystal clear waters off Bermu- da, leading the competitors through a time-gate south of England to compete for the official speed record (Bermuda - The Lizard), follow the Channel and finish at Cuxhaven, the entrance of river Elbe. All yachts will be welcomed at Hamburg, directly in the heart of the vibrant maritime "Hansestadt", where a public race village will be the platform for events, hospitality and tremendous presence in direct vicinity of the new sight-seeing highlight, the "Elbphilharmonie", attracting thousands of spectators.