Portland, Maine (NEWSCENTER)--The Newport to Bermuda Race is wrapping up with seven Maine yachts battling in the competition.
The race began Friday morning off Newport, Rhode Island. The fastest Yachts started arriving this (Monday) morning. More than half the field is not expected in Bermuda until Tuesday.
Buzz is a Sidney 38 registered in Bath. Skipper Rich Stevenson gathered up his regular crew to take on the challenge of his sailing life. "I started planning in December when I was having withdrawals from sailing and sent out an email to the crew and everyone of them said, 'Yes, Let's do the Newport to Bermuda Race."
About ninety percent of the yachts feature amateur crews made up of family and friends. About 175 yachts are sailing in the race.
At news time, Buzz was in fifth place out of thirteen boats in its division. Buzz had a little over 200 nautical miles to sail travelling a little over seven knots. She is expected to finish at about four o'clock on Tuesday afternoon.
Other Maine registered yachts include: Boseleil fifth of fifteen in the SDL 2 Division with 242 knots to go, Comfort 1/1 in the Com ves X Division with 252 knots left, Finese in SDL 3, third of fifteen with 208 knots remaining, Resolute in SDL 5 is third of 9 with 211 knots to go, Seabiscuit in DH 15 is 5 of 13 with 217 knots to go and another Resolute is also racing in DH 15. She is tenth of thirteen with 242 knots remaining. All of these boats are averaging seven knots and are expected to be in tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.