You can view the start to one of the greatest sailing races in the world, the 635-nautical-mile open ocean Newport to Bermuda race, from the lawn at Castle Hill. The race, founded in 1906, is held around this time every two years and is unique in that it is open to any boat that meets certain requirements. This year there were 188 boats making up five divisions with 15 classes, some with paid crews.
The fastest passage ever was in 48 hours, 28 minutes, 31 seconds (48:28:31) by 86-foot open division Morning Glory. The late Roy Disney tops the traditional division record with a time of 53:39:22. And this year Alex Jackson’s maxi 100-footer sloop, Speedboat, won in a time of just over 59 hours.