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2018 Bermuda Race
Safety Gear

The 635-mile biennial Newport Bermuda Race is the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race, one of very few international distance races, and (with the Transpac Race) one of just two of the world’s regularly scheduled races held almost entirely out of sight of land. Founded in 1906, the Bermuda Race is held for the 51st time in 2018.

Below you'll find links on the best Safety Gear such as Flares, EPIRBs, PLBs and Life Jackets, the required paper charts and the best foul weather gear appropriate for the race. We hope to see you on the starting line!


The Last Day to place and confirm an order for a NEW life raft is April 16th, 2018

The last day to drop off your life raft at Landfall for service is April 2nd, 2018


2018 Bermuda Race Safety Gear

  • AIS Requirement
  • Charts
  • Recommended Equipment

AIS Crew Overboard Beacons


An important change to the NBRSR requires that “each life jacket intended for regular use while racing (one per crewmember) shall be equipped with a AIS personal crew overboard beacon.” To ease the cost of this requirement, the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has had discussions with several suppliers of this equipment regarding meaningful discounts for our NBR participants. This communication provides the details on this program.

Any crew member of a boat that has been registered for the race may take advantage of this program. Registration for the race starts on January 12, 2018. After the boat is registered, crewmembers may use any of the offers described below by simply providing the name of the registered boat on which they are a crewmember.

Vendors and a manufacturer have offered discounts on the personal AIS MOB beacons. An overview of the offers is provided below. Please use the link below or contact the vendor directly for more details.

  1. McMurdo and Landfall Navigation have coordinated to offer the McMurdo Smartfind S20 SRS AIS Man Overboard Device at a significant discount to NBR crewmembers. This offer can be found at: http://www.landfallnavigation.com/kannadsafelink.html – use coupon code BERMUDA2018 for special pricing.

  2. View Our Full Offering of AIS Solutions

  3. Landfall Navigation also offers discounts on all race required equipment and foul weather gear for NBR participants. Additionally, if the owner/skipper provides Landfall a crew list, Landfall will give the NBR crewmembers the special Bermuda 2018 pricing on their own individual orders. Contact Landfall Navigation sales directly (800-941-2219) for this offer.
The NGA/DMA Charts of Bermuda are no longer available as Print On Demand (POD) Charts.
Also, NGA has announced that they are not supporting (correcting) these charts – so they are no longer current and valid for Carriage Requirements for the Bermuda Race.

We are suggesting that British Admiralty (BA) Chart Equivalents

Please See the chart below for cross referenced charts between NGA/DMA and BA Charts.

NGA/DMA ChartsBA Charts

26341 - Bermuda Islands – 1:50000

334 - 1:75,000

26342 - The Narrows to Grassy Bay

868 - 1:17,500

26343 - St. George Harbor – 1:5,000

1315 - 1:7,500

26344- Great Sound - 1:10,000

867 - 1:17,500

26344 - Western Part Great Sound

332 - 1:12,500

26345 - Hamilton Harbor – 1:5,000

1073 - 1:6,000
Additionally NV Chartkits provides the following spiral bound chartkit
NV Chart Kit – Bermuda Islands - Pt. No. 40016

Bermuda Charts Page

Fiorentino Shark Drogue
Galerider Drogue

Use a Galerider to Steer Without a Rudder

Galerider's design applies modern fluid dynamics to the problem, resulting in a drogue which can be deployed smoothly, provide positive control, easy retrieval, and compact storage. One of the most compelling benefits of the Galerider drogue is the preservation of steerage control, since the flow-through effectively allows you to maintain two or three knots speed. The drogue provides elastic, but high resistance to eliminate surfing, yawing, and pitchpoling tendencies. In the trough, it continues to provide low resistance for steering control. The Galerider makes it possible to set and keep a downwind course.

Click here to Download the Guide to Steering without a Rudder

See also the Deployment Rode you'll need.
  • Vesper AIS XB-6000 Transponder

    Vesper AIS XB-6000 Transponder

    Code: EWMXB6
  • AIS XB-8000 Transponder

    AIS XB-8000 Transponder

    Automatic Identification System transmit & receive
    Now $740.00
    Code: EWMXB3
  • McMurdo Smartfind AIS Units

    McMurdo Smartfind AIS Units

  • AIS / VHF Antenna Splitter

    AIS / VHF Antenna Splitter

    use your existing rig
    Code: EWMRVHF
  • Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone

    Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone

    travels the globe
    Now $1,195.00
    Code: EI9555