On June 30, 2014, Newport, Rhode Island will be the host for more than 200 ocean-going yachts and ambitious crews about to experience what some people call the "Mount Everest of Offshore Racing." When the cannon blasts at ten minutes past noon and the Newport-Bermuda Race begins, the air will crackle with excitement, and the crowd-thousands of spectators, families, friends and sailing enthusiasts who have gathered at the starting point-will roar.Racing from Newport to Bermuda involves sailing 635 nautical miles across one of the most challenging stretches of the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on weather conditions, this is a race that can be won by large yachts, small yachts, or yachts falling somewhere in between. Of course, earning a coveted trophy at the finish line would be a dream come true, but just completing this race-known for its unpredictable weather and strong currents-is considered to be a feather in any sailor's cap.The Newport-Bermuda Race's competitive nature is especially appealing to adrenalin-hungry pros, who are eager to push their high-tech yachts to the edge of endurance and put their skills to a ruthless test. But this race is also a family event. Many compete as a "rite of passage", having sailed the course with their fathers and are now reliving the experience with their own sons and daughters on board. As a family owned business, Pantaenius is always eager to pass the passion for yachting on to younger generations, which makes us particularly proud to take part in this year's edition of the regatta.Pantaenius Yacht Insurance is the Tracker Sponsor for the Newport-Bermuda Race 2014, providing the satellite-backed tracking system, Yellowbrick, which has already proven its reliability in various offshore races. Using this system, relatives, friends and sailing enthusiasts will have the chance to follow their loved ones who are participating, or easily keep up with the race's current status from their computers or any iOS and Android device. To use Yellowbrick just visit: www.pantaenius.com/tracking or simply download the Yellowbrick App onto your Smartphone or Tablet.
Whether you are sailing along with the fleet or watch the start from the rocks above the lighthouse, Pantaenius wishes everyone an exciting racing experience and hopes that you enjoy our tracking service during the event.Fair winds and a safe race,