The Annapolis Bermuda Ocean Race provides a unique combination of inshore and offshore racing through its route down the Chesapeake Bay, across the Gulfstream, and onto Bermuda. It enables many sailors to fulfill a lifelong ambition: a blue water passage to a coral island with white sandy beaches and legendary hospitality.
The Race covers 753 miles, making it the longest ocean race on the east coast of the U.S.
A number of PHRF and 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.
First held in 1979, the bi-annual race is technically challenging, physically taxing, and alternatively boisterous and serene. The race quickly found enthusiastic support from Mid-Atlantic yachtsmen and participation grew steadily into what is now the 21st running of the bi-annual event.
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. A2B is not just a boat race, it is an aspirational event that enables many sailors to fulfill a lifelong ambition: a blue water passage to a coral island with white sandy beaches and legendary hospitality.
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!
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!