2006-05-11 / News

Sailing bash set for this weekend

Sail Newport, Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center, will host the Bermuda Bash fund-raiser on Saturday, May 13, at the Newport Yachting Center, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The benefit for Sail Newport is a celebration of the centennial Bermuda ocean race, which starts off Newport on June 16. The gala is to benefit the public sailing programs for youths and adults at Sail Newport for the 2006 season.

Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read says, "The long history of ocean racing to Bermuda deserves to be celebrated. The Bermuda Bash will honor the history of this prestigious race and raise funds to continue to train the sailors of the future."

The party will feature decorations in the elegantly tropical Bermuda style, entertainment by the popular reggae band Hot Like Fire, island hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar, including Mt. Gay cocktails and Heineken. In addition, the evening will feature a silent auction with such such items as a vacation in Bermuda at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, an American Cruise Lines tour of the historic south, a week-long stay in a private villa in Manzanillo, Mexico, a trip to New York to see the Conan O'Brien Show taping at NBC Studios, art, jewelry, sailing gear, and other items.

In honor of the race, the Cruising Club of America will loan an historical photography exhibit of the prestigious race to display at the event. Also, local photographers Onne van der Wal and Billy Black will show Bermuda race shots from their many years of covering the event.

Dress for the event is "Bermuda cocktail attire," and jackets are requested. Tickets to the event cost $55 for individual and $500 for a "boatload" of 10. Call 846-1983, for more information.

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