The Notice of Race for the 2004 race is now posted on the event website at the address below. The race begins June 18th, but application for entry must be completed no later than April 1, 2004.
"The NOR is out later than usual," said race chairman John WINDER. "The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has been working with international technical committee members on safety standards for boats with new technology now allowed in IMS, namely water ballast and cant keels. We have added some appendices to the NOR to deal with special regulations to address the specific safety issues of these designs. Safety is a primary concern of the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, so we were willing to delay the release of our notice until we were comfortable with the regulations."
In 2004, five divisions racing under IMS and AMERICAP II™ will compete for more than 90 prizes. From the starting line in Newport Rhode Island the course covers 635 challenging miles across the Gulf Stream and south in the Atlantic Ocean to the finish off St. David's Lighthouse in Bermuda.
Yachts between an "L" of 27.5 feet and an LOA of 98 feet (30 meters) which are single-hulled sailing vessels with inboard auxiliary power and which will be manned by a captain and crew who have demonstrated and documented recent competency in offshore yacht racing or passages are invited to apply for entry in the Race.