As of Good Friday, 144 boats had completed their application process and had been invited to enter the 2004 Newport Bermuda Race.
Among a host of new and returning competitors, Skip SHELDON'S St. David's Lighthouse winner Zaraffa and Bob TOWSE'S Gibb's Hill Lighthouse winner Blue Yankee will be back to defend their 2002 titles.
Ninety-two year old Jim MERTZ will be back again in AMERICAP NS in the Beneteau 42 Allegra sailing his 30th thrash to the Onion Patch. Peter RIBOVICH will return to defend his Class 1 win in his Cal 40. Reeves POTTS will return in his M&R 48 Carina to defend Class 3, John Santa will take his Swan 47 Galadriel to defend Class 4 and Frank EBERHART sailing his Neilson 60 Hound will defend his title in Class 6.
Sailors who wish to apply for entry in the Newport Bermuda Race should use the Online Entry System at the address below. The application for entry requires approval based on skipper, boat and crew qualifications before an invitation to race is issued. Racing is in five divisions: Big Boat Demonstration, IMS R, IMS C/R, AMERICAP™ NS,
and AMERICAP™ Double-handed.
The Newport Bermuda Race is a pivotal race of the Onion Patch Series, raced for the North American IMS Championship. Enter the Onion Patch series on the New York Yacht Club website at the address below.<> on the NYYC web site for their Annual Regatta.