Bermuda Challenge Record Holders and Rules

A not-ready-to-be-named team recently expressed interest in taking on the Bermuda Challenge. That inquiry prompted me to produce this recap of the Bermuda Challenge and Bermuda Challenge record holders.

Bermuda Challenge Collage
Bermuda Challenge CollageBoating Magazine

Now, many have tried and failed. Many more have thought about it, talked about and never left the dock. Below is a timeline of those who rose to the Bermuda Challenge.

Bernews Shot of Fertig and Garvin Winning Bermuda Challenge
Chris Fertig and Tyson Garvin enter the Town Cut Channel to St George, Bermuda, aboard the Skater V-Bottom, Offshore Endurance , after setting their Bermuda Challenge World Record of 15 hours and 48 minutes, set August 22, 2013.BerNews

1996—Larry Graf and Troy Shields--26 Glacier Bay Catamaran /Twin 90-hp Honda Outboards-- 37 hours

1997 – Forrest Munden--World Class 266 SF catamaran /Twin Mercury Optimax 150s-- 29 hours, 30 minutes

2002--Neil Burnie and Bill Ratlief—Prowler 302 Catamaran /Twin 225 Honda Outboards— 22 hours, 23 minutes

** Burnie and Ratlief are the current Outboard Class record holders

Aug 6 2012—Chris Fertig and Tyson Garvin –37 Statement Marine V-hull /Twin 350-hp Mercury Diesel TDI-Bravo One XR Sterndrives21 hours, 39 minutes

September 28, 2012—Fabio Buzzi—FB Design 40 /Twin 650-hp Fiat diesel Trimax surface drives-- 17 hours and 6 minutes

August 23, 2013—Chris Fertig and Tyson Garvin ( Team Offshore Endurance)-- 399 Skater V-Bottom /Twin 5.9L 480-hp Cummins diesel and Arneson Surface Drives -- 15 Hours 48 minutes

** Fertig and Garvin are the current Inboard Class and World Record Holders

About The Bermuda Challenge

The Bermuda Challenge is a 780-mile open ocean run from New York Harbor, off Liberty Landing Marina (Bouy C1), to Gates Fort, on the Town Cut Channel, Bermuda. It was conceived by Boating editor, David Seidman, during the 1990's as a way to advance and showcase the technology of recreational boats and marine propulsion. The current record of 15 hours and 48 minutes was set by Tyson Garvin and Chris Fertig in August, 2013. It is open to boats of 40-foot LOA and less. BOATING is the keeper of record.