Bermuda Race June 20th, 2014

Every two years in mid June sailors descend upon Rhode Island to enter a race that will have them travel 635 nautical miles to the finish line on the island of Bermuda. The Bermuda Race, as it is called, was founded in 1906, making it one of the oldest regularly scheduled ocean sailing races. The record for the best elapsed time (39 hours, 39 minutes, 18 seconds) was set in 2012 by the 90ft maxi yacht, Rambler. There are over 180 boats competing in 2014, ranging from 30 to 90 feet. This race can take up to 5 days, depending on the type of boat and weather.  As sailors are settling in for what could be a long haul, let us look back on some great images from the past. Best of luck to all boats and their crew, especially Old School.

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Jill Freedman, Sailing Homeward, County Galway, 1984, (32.1988)

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Jill Freedman, Fisherman, County Galway, (1984, 5.1988)

Martin Muckacsi, glass plate negatives
Martin Munkacsi, [Two men atop mast of sailboat, Wannsee Lake, Berlin], ca. 1929, (2007.110.119)

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Robert Capa, [Sailing race, Lofoten Islands, Hankoe, Norway], 1951 (2013.92.117)

 

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