635-mile test: The Newport Bermuda Race will get under way on Friday. Pictured is 2012 winner Carina. *Photo by Charles Anderson
635-mile test: The Newport Bermuda Race will get under way on Friday. Pictured is 2012 winner Carina. *Photo by Charles Anderson

The 49th Newport Bermuda Race is on now.

Home-based spectators can track their favourite yachts, skippers or crewmembers in the 635-mile ocean classic which starts today from Newport, Rhode Island.

All boats in the 2014 fleet will be provided with Yellowbrick tracking modules before the start. Bringing the competition to you as live as it can be, Pantaenius Race Tracking — www.pantaenius.com/NBRtracking — is your link to all the virtual action in the race. Pantaenius Yacht Insurance is the Tracker Sponsor for this year’s Newport Bermuda Race.

Test the site ahead of time and also download the Yellowbrick app for mobile coverage wherever you are. Some browser updates may be needed. 

In the Newport Bermuda Race this year, there will be a time delay in the early stages of the race to prevent competitors from using the positions of other yachts for tactical advantage.

Tracking will be delayed by four hours for the first 48 hours of the race and then go to near-real-time reports every 30 minutes from each yacht. 

Expect to see a jump forward after 48 hours to the yacht’s actual position. As yachts get within 15 miles of Bermuda the timing of reports will be more frequent.

For competitors using satellite links, a low bandwidth link for sat phones on boats will be available.

Newport Bermuda action starts Friday, June 20th, with the first warning signal scheduled for 12:50PM EDT in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay off Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport. Rhode Island.

This year, 165 boats have entered in five divisions. These will be divided in classes of about 15 boats each plus a class for the ‘Spirit of Bermuda’ starting by herself in the Spirit of Tradition Division.

Twenty-nine of the two Newport Bermuda Lighthouse Divisions’ entries are also sailing the 25th Onion Patch Series, a tough triathlon of offshore racing.

These Onion Patch racers have just sailed the New York Yacht Club 160th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex in Newport and form the core of the June 27 Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta, which now has 32 entries.

The RBYC Anniversary Regatta is open to all IRC or ORR-rated yachts over 25 feet in Bermuda. Anniversary Regatta entries close at noon on June 25.

Information is online at www.onionpatchseries.com.

The website — www.BermudaRace.com — carries Newport Bermuda Race rules, news, videos, photos, history, and expert advice. 

Race news is also posted on the Newport Bermuda Race 2014 Facebook page and on Twitter at @BdaRace.