The Spirit of Bermuda Rally, for the Colin Clarke Memorial Trophy, which is the first sports tourism event since the start of Covid-19 — is underway, with vessels racing from the U.S. East Coast to St. George’s.
Open to any offshore yacht by invitation, the Spirit of Bermuda Rally has received the go-ahead from Bermuda’s Government.
“We’re thrilled to support the Spirit of Bermuda Rally, which represents the first sports tourism event to be held as we reopen our economy,” said Glenn Jones, Interim CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA).
“We applaud all the event’s organizers and look forward to the arrival of participating sailors, who will be a familiar, welcome sight again in our harbors and ports.”
All participants have been tested, and none were positive for COVID-19.
Created by the East End Mini Yacht Club, in liaison with Bermuda Sloop Foundation and the non-profit Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF), the rally sees sailors competing from two locations, Newport, Rhode Island, and Chesapeake Light, Virginia, finishing at Mills Buoy near the Town Cut in St. George’s.
Sailors are expected to reach Bermuda by Friday.