2020 will mark the 22nd running of the race, started in 1979 and moved to a biennial event in 1980. The A2B covers 753 miles, making it one of the longest ocean races on the east coast of the U.S. The challenging course combines inshore and offshore racing down the Chesapeake Bay, across the Gulfstream, and onto Bermuda. It enables sailors to fulfill a lifelong ambition of a blue water passage to an island known for its soft coral beaches, in an organized event promoting friendly competition with other boats.
A number of class divisions ensure a competitive experience for both seasoned racers and more casual cruisers. A major objective of the Race is to promote the art of navigation for more sailors. A2B provides these challenges within a framework designed for safe offshore sailing.
The race is technically challenging, physically taxing, and alternatively boisterous and serene.
Over 600 yachts have participated in A2B over the years. Thousands of crew members having experienced the thrill and beauty of a blue water passage as a result of this intense and challenging event.
October 13, 2019 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Eastport Yacht Club - Side Deck
Prepping Your Boat Seminar
October 26, 2019 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Eastport Yacht Club - Conference Room
December 6, 2019 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Eastport Yacht Club - Side Deck
The Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, MD is the host club for the race. EYC and the A2B Race committee works hard year round to help new and prospective racers get ready for the trip of a lifetime. We host multiple seminars with marine industry professionals to help you and your boat get ready to head offshore. We also provide access and information regarding necessary training events, hold pre-race social events, and host a huge party the day before the start to celebrate our intrepid captains and their crew!
Not your traditional blue blazer club, EYC is built on activity, on the water and ashore. Our members are involved in a diverse range of boating activities, supported by social events and strong camaraderie. Known for our million-dollar view of the Severn River and Annapolis, EYC also is recognized in the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond as a club capable of managing major championship regattas, Friday night Beer Can races, and everything in between, as well as providing great social networking for cruising, parties, and charity events. It’s all about life on the water, and all about fun.
The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) in Bermuda host the A2B fleet while in Bermuda. This world class yacht club provides participants with dockage, showers, laundry, and access to all the necessary services you may need after a grueling ocean passage. The club is conveniently located across from from downtown Hamilton RHADC provides unmatched hospitality, beautiful views, exceptional facilities and the best party venue in Bermuda!
The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club was founded in 1882. The following year H.R.H. Princess Louise visited Bermuda and while here, granted the Club it’s Royal Charter. Over the years, the “Royal” designation was dropped, but after application to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II it was decided to reapply and confirmation was received in 1953. The R.H.A.D.C. remains the only “Royal” Dinghy Club in the world. The original flag of HDC (Hamilton Dinghy Club) still remains framed and displayed proudly on the club premises.
Contact information for A2B Race Committee Chairs:
Race Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gear & Swag: email@example.com