On Friday evening, 198 boats headed out of Newport following the start of the 42nd edition of the Bermuda Race.

Paul Cayard is onboard Jim Swartz’s brand new STP65 Moneypenny as watch captain for this demanding 635 mile race. The competition will be intense in the St David’s Lighthouse Division with the likes of Puma’s VO70 Il Mostro and Alex Jackson’s Speedboat competing. However, the weather is expected to be light for the first few days as the fleet makes its way towards the Gulf Stream.

This is only Cayard’s second time competing in the Newport-Bermuda Race. “The only time I ever went in this race was in 1982. I was here (Newport) getting ready for the America’s Cup,” Cayard recalled. “So I was stuck up in a loft going through a bunch of old Courageous sails when someone asked if I wanted to go on the Bermuda Race. “I said, ‘Yeah, get me out of jail here,’ and we took off. That year it blew so hard we broke our rudder and never finished.”

Stay tuned for an update from Cayard and click here to track STP 65 Moneypenny.

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