Sailing Activities in Bermuda
Numerous races take place in Bermuda between March and November, where hundreds of yachters participate and thousands come to watch.
There are three areas related to Bermuda sailing & yachting that I shall cover in this page.
First about how to go about exploring the island and its various water areas by taking a sailing boat or chartering a yacht. Second about the various yachting & sailing clubs and associations in Bermuda. And Third about all the yacht races that take place in the island that are organized by local yacht clubs and also the International championships & open ocean races where Bermuda serves as the finishing point.
If in case you are looking for information about how to sail to Bermuda from the U.S or other places, check out my page on Sailing to Bermuda on Private Yacht.
Exploring Bermuda Waters on Sail Boats
There are many ways you can sail around Bermuda. There are yachts and catamarans (that have two hulls instead of one as in a yacht) that are offered by many cruise operators. Depending on the size, they can carry from 30 to 300 people on board. Larger the size, better it will be equipped to go beyond the protected harbors and out into the open ocean. However the heavier boats will need to be on the deep sea and away from the shoreline. Small boats on the other hand can get close to the coast or small islands, and offer you more intimate experience with the nature like swimming, snorkeling etc.
If you like to relax and leave the entire sailing to the crew, there are regular sailing tours offered by the operators that include sightseeing cruises with glass bottom views, Sunset & Dinner cruises, ones that show you famous homes and hideaways along the shoreline, and some even let you take part in offshore water sports like snorkeling, kayaking and others. If this is what you are looking for, check out Bermuda Boat Tours for all the available options and the best cruise operators in the island. However remember that the course of the cruise is determined by the boat captain in such cases and also altered depending on weather and tide conditions.
You can also enjoy all the above in a private boat that provides more flexibility of choosing your locations and activities. There are Crewed Private Boats that can be chartered for few hours, half day or even full day if you are looking for privacy and want to combine that with some variations like BBQ on board, private parties, water sport activities and more.
The skippered one comes with an experience captain who can provide you all the guidance necessary.
Whereas in a Bareboat Charter, you get only the boat and the equipment, and everything is left to your skills and knowledge of the ocean. In the latter, you will be required to show your qualification and in any case will be given a preliminary lessons on the locations of Bermuda's many treacherous reefs and how to navigate through them. If you are a first timer in Bermuda or not an expert, you will be better off to take a skipper with you.
When and Where to sail in Bermuda
June to November is the official Hurricane Season in Bermuda. You should try to know about any hurricane warnings and prepare accordingly if you are planning to sail around this time. September and October months have recorded maximum hurricane impacts in Bermuda.
So where will you take your yacht to? You are likely to face the strongest currents and largest waves towards the north eastern side of the island in the Atlantic. Most of the veteran captains will advice you to sail within the protected harbors or water areas like the Great Sound.
You will be able to discover many tiny islands there and also see some lovely marine life and corals. Hamilton Harbor at the eastern end of Great Sound is also a good place for sailing.
Bareboating in Bermuda - Some Points to Note
Bermuda Sail Charters - Skippered and Bareboat Charter Companies
There are many types of charter operators in Bermuda - Large and Small, and Tier-1 and Tier-2. Larger operators will have wider range of boats whereas the smaller ones may give you better services. The Tier-1 operators usually give you brand new boats (less than 4-5 years old), whereas Tier-2 ones may be cheaper although they often give you older or refurbished boats. So you will need to decide based on what you need. If unsure, it's advisable to go through a charter broker.
Sail Boat Rentals & Charters in Bermuda
Here are some of the companies in Bermuda offering sailboat & yacht charters
Bermuda Yacht Clubs & Sailing Associations
Check out Bermuda Marinas to know about all the yacht marinas in the island.
Bermuda - A Popular Yacht Race Center of the world
Between March to November you can see hundreds of splendid yachts from all over the world moored in the marinas in Hamilton Harbor or St. George's, and even at the dockyard. They mostly come to participate in the various races that are organized by the yachting clubs in Bermuda. Most of the races take place in the Great Sound water area while some are also held at the Hamilton Harbor, Mangrove Bay in Sandys and at St. George's.
The best vantage points to see the sail boats anchored or sailing across the harbors would be the Albouy's Point in Hamilton City and Barr's Bay Park also in Hamilton. However, if you want to see the races taking place on Great Sound, the best vantage points are the Somerset shoreline in Sandys and Spanish Point at Pembroke. There are also many international open ocean races that take place that finish at Bermuda.
Here are the main yacht racing events in Bermuda:
Bermuda International Invitational Race Week: Organized by Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, this week long yachting event draws large number of locals as well as overseas participants. Many American, Canadian and European yachters participate in this race which is held for different classes of yachts like Laser Class, J/105 Class, Etchells, J/24, IOD (International One Design, where sail boats of one design and class participate), etc. And there are trophies for each class. The event is held in end April or May beginning and usually at the Great Sound. Check out the official website www.biirw.bm for latest results & information and registration details.
Bermuda Gold Cup: One of the most popular yacht racing events in the island, this regatta is held in October every year and organized by Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. The race is held at the Hamilton Harbor and the club usually opens out its premises to the public during these days to watch the race, and provides concessions and other facilities.
Fitted Dinghy Race: This is an annual dinghy race organized by various clubs in the island and participated by islanders and even visitors. The dinghies can carry sails anywhere between 300 to 1,400 square feet. The race is held between May to September on various set dates. The venues include Mangrove Bay in Somerset, Hamilton Harbor, Granaway Deep and St. George's. This great spectators sport allows the crew members to jump off the boat to reduce the overall weight and finish faster.
Newport Bermuda Race: Held once every two years in mid June, This classic race has a 635-mile course on Atlantic and is one of the world's premier open ocean races on sail boats. It starts from Newport in USA and ends at St. David's Head in Bermuda.
Marion Bermuda Yacht Race: It is held Biennially in June on odd-numbered years. This is an open ocean yacht race where even amateur skippers can also participate. The race starts from Marion of Massachusetts and ends at St. David's Head in Bermuda covering a distance of 645 nautical miles.
Here are the other main sail boat races that take place in Bermuda:
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