The 51st edition of the East Coast classic, starting in June 15, 2018, is run by the cruising Club of America and takes the participants on a rolicking 635-mile race from Newport, RI to Bermuda. The club has long been a leader in safety of sea initiatives and this year continues to refine their requirements.
The 2018 Newport Bermuda Race Safety Requirements (NBRSR) include changes to both the Safety at Sea training requirements and Personal AIS Beacons.
For the 2018 race, the requirements have changed to require at least 2 crew members hold a current “World Sailing approved offshore personal survival course certificate” and there is a new option for completing Safety at Sea training for this certificate. As an aid to racers, we have created a document that (1) provides a guide to determine the minimum Safety at Sea training requirement as a function of crew size, and (2) explains the course options for crew members to obtain the required Safety at Sea training.
Although the document helps a crew determine the minimum training requirements according the rules, crews are strongly encouraged to have more than the minimum number of crew members complete Safety at Sea training. Read more.