Newport Bermuda Start

The summer's just officially begun and so much has been happening already I've barely been able to keep up with it all!  For anyone not in the sailing, or Rhode Island, or Newport communities, let me fill you in a bit.  A couple Fridays ago on June 15th was the start for the Newport to Bermuda Race, which takes place every year setting sailors on a 635 mile course due East across the ocean, through the Gulf Stream, to Bermuda.  This year there were 17 classes, including starts for classics, cruisers, double-handed boats, and of course the big maxis with big boats and professional crews.  I knew several people participating in the race this year, including my little brother who sailed on the Coast Guard's J44 Glory!  It was his first Newport Bermuda Race and the family took out the Nonsuch and sailed over to Newport to see the start.  
We took a small harbor cruise to find my brother at dock and say hi before heading out to the race area. Most of these images were taken during the hustle and bustle of the pre-start as competitors and spectators sailed and motored chaotically between Castle Hill and Jamestown while starts were being sounded.  More images can be seen on my website, in their own little gallery:  Newport Bermuda 2012.
Several boats broke the previous race record, and it was Rambler who finished in 39 hours, 39 minutes, chopping off an incredibly impressive 14 hours from the best time set 10 years ago.  To find out more information about the results, visit the official race website,
How I got theses shots:  Nikon D80, Nikkor 70-200mm VRII

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