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Brewer named boat-prep resource for 2016 Newport Bermuda Race

The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has named Brewer Yacht Yard Group as the official boat preparation resource for the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race.

“We are very happy to welcome back the Brewer team as members of the sponsor family for the 50th Bermuda Race,” Bermuda Race Organizing Committee chairman A.J. Evans said in a statement. “BROC is especially pleased that Brewer will again bring its expertise to sailors with its race-preparation seminars.”

The first of Brewer’s Newport Bermuda Race seminars will be held Aug. 22 at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, R.I.

Speakers will include Rives Potts, owner-skipper of the 2010 and 2012 St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy winner Carina; Michael Keyworth, vice president and general manager of Brewer Cove Haven Marina; and Newport Bermuda Race Chief Inspector James Phyfe.

The team of Brewer experts will discuss the elements of the most commonly used offshore safety standards, including the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations and U.S. Sailing Special Equipment Requirements.

Although particular emphasis will be placed on the requirements for the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race, common provisions of all offshore racing requirements will be discussed.

Topics will include hull construction and stability; rigging and sail selection (including storm sails); safety and emergency equipment; training and Safety at Sea credentials; and navigation and communications devices.

All who attend will receive a complimentary copy of The US Safety Equipment Requirements and ISAF Offshore Special Regulations (2014-15 edition), published by US Sailing.

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