Commodore Richard S. Nye Added to the Bermuda Race Roll of Honour
One hundred years after the first Bermuda Race was held, the Bermuda Race Roll of Honour was created, in 2006, to recognize and celebrate extraordinary sailors who have made the Thrash to the Onion Patch. In 2018, two more sailors were added to the Roll, which now has 10 members.
Richard S. Nye (1904-1988): A pioneer of modern ocean racing, Dick Nye came late to sailing and was in his 40s when he won the 1952 Bermuda Race in the first of his three Carinas. After winning more Bermuda Race silver for high finishes in his class, he again won the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy in 1970.
Famous for pushing hard, as the leaking Carina staggered across the finish line of the rough 1957 Fastnet Race, Dick shouted, “OK, boys, you can let her sink!” They won that race for their second-straight Fastnet victory. The Nyes also won the 1957 and 1972 transatlantic races to Spain. Dick was not sailing just to win. A shipmate described him as “a tremendous example of a guy who just loved to be at sea. He just loved it.”
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