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Portland Riverside Marina Portland Riverside Marina is proud to report
that Dan Stadtlander has won first place in Class 4 in the single-handed
first leg of the Bermuda 1-2, and he and Matt Thomson have also
won first place in the double-handed second leg. Dan finished the first leg to Bermuda
on his Bristol 39, Mirari, on June 9, and he and Matt completed the
second leg back to Newport on June 24. Matt is also the owner of a Bristol 39,
Blue Moon. Congratulations to Dan and Matt!
Dan Stadtlander, left, and Matt Thomson receive
for the double-handed second leg in Class 4 in the 2015 Bermuda 1-2.
Dan receives trophies for his first-place finish in the
first leg in Class 4 in the 2015 Bermuda 1-2.
Dan previously competed in the race in
2007, 2009 and 2013.
Dan Stadtlander aboard Mirari at Watch Hill in
Portland Riverside Marina is the winter home of Mirari
and Blue Moon.
Dan and Matt have both restored their Bristol 39 yawls at Portland
Dan has prepared Mirari for the challenges of four Bermuda 1-2 races. After
the 2013 Bermuda 1-2, Dan added a mizzenmast to Mirari, converting the
sloop into a yawl.
Dan Stadtlander's Mirari at Portland Riverside in
Dan finished in 4th place in his class (Class 4) in the single-handed first leg
of the race in 2009, with an elapsed time of 131:35 and a corrected time of
117:29. In the double-handed second leg of the race, Dan and five other boats in
Class 4 did not finish because of severe weather conditions.
Veterans agreed that the return leg was the toughest they
had encountered in the Bermuda 1-2. Skippers reported lots of broken equipment
and blown-out sails. The start of the race was delayed one day due to a
tough-looking low south of New England.
Single-handed skippers in the 2009 Bermuda 1-2.
Dan is fifth from left,
In 2007, Dan finished in 2nd place in his Class 4 in the combined elapsed time in
the race. He won third place in the combined corrected time. In 2013, Dan was
forced to drop out during the first leg because of extremely adverse conditions
that resulted in a shredded genoa and several mechanical failures, including a broken boom.
We congratulate Dan on his third-place finish in 2007, his fourth-place finish in the single-handed leg of the
race in 2009 and his great courage and resourcefulness in returning home safely
Dan Stadtlander aboard Mirari in 2007. Photo from
Here are some highlights from the 2009 Bermuda 1-2:
Perseverance, a C&C 41, was hit by a whale 10 miles from the finish in Bermuda.
The boat's rudder post was bent backwards in the collision. The skipper, Robert
Patenaude, was able to continue but could make only small helm changes. In the
end, he actually won his class on both elapsed and corrected times! Several
skippers helped him repair the rudder in Bermuda, and Robert finished in 2nd
place in his class in the return leg.
Palangi, a Catalina 36, had its boom broken not long after leaving Bermuda.
Acadia, an open 6.5 mini, broke both dagger boards but was still able to win the
Carbon Neutral, also an open 6.5 mini, had trouble the first night out from
Newport when both rudders broke and the mast fell down when the forestay let go.
The Bermuda 1-2, one of the oldest short-handed offshore races in the world, includes a grueling 635-mile single-handed leg from Newport, RI, to
St. Georges, Bermuda, and a double-handed leg back.
"First run in 1977, the Bermuda 1-2 is held every two years," the race brochure
"A wide range of boats enter the
race. These include exotic blue water race boats, cruising yachts, and a fleet
of small 6.4 meter minis.
"The Bermuda 1-2 race has two parts: Single-handed from
Newport to Bermuda, followed within days by double-handed back to Newport. The
race is scored on corrected time, including each of the single- and
double-handed races plus combined corrected time overall.
"The Bermuda 1-2 is not for the faint of heart. The race
covers 1,300 nautical miles of ocean. Two crossings of the Gulf Stream are
involved, both short handed. As a result, skippers and crew must have a unique
combination of courage, experience offshore, outstanding seamanship skills, plus
capacities for resourcefulness in dealing with the unexpected. Above all, they
must be vigilant and
respect the power of the sea--day and night."
More information about the race is available at
Real-time racetracking, via onboard transponders, was available during the race at
Mirari, Dan Stadtlander's Bristol 39, at
Portland Riverside in the spring of 2007,
before setting out for the Bermuda
Mirari is launched at Portland Riverside Marina in spring 2007.
Dan's Bristol 39 is an American classic--a
strongly constructed racer/cruiser
designed by Ted Hood.
Dan Stadtlander, at left, in St. George's, Bermuda,
after the first leg of the Bermuda 1-2 in 2007.
Read about Dan Stadtlander in
Bermuda 1-2 blog in Soundings magazine.
Here at Portland Riverside, we tracked Dan's progress throughout the race at
Riverside Marina and its sponsorship of the Bermuda 1-2. (The brochure is nearly
9 MB and in the Adobe format.)
Stop in and visit Portland Riverside Marina and see why
we're known as the
Connecticut River's "most friendly full-service marina." We have a
well-stocked store,full of all the things
you'll need to outfit your boat.