Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and the leading
manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), today announced
Regional Sales Manager Rick Morton has successfully completed the 49th
Newport Bermuda Race, along with the Kongsberg team. The team finished
in five days, placing 10th in their division and 75th
overall, out of 162 boats. Only two hours separated the second place
boat in their division from the 12th.
Founded in 1926 by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda
Yacht Club, The Newport Bermuda Race is a 635-mile ocean race spanning
from Newport, RI to Bermuda. The highly competitive race typically lasts
between three to six days, with land out of sight from almost start to
finish. Kongsberg competed aboard Cecilie Viking with a crew of nine+
reserves in the St. David's Lighthouse Division, the largest division at
approximately 90 boats. Morton was the only crewmember from Hydroid.
"It was an honor to race on behalf of Kongsberg this year," said Morton,
who grew up in Newport and is a third generation sailor. "Despite light
winds, I was very impressed with our crew's determination to keep the
boat moving in trying conditions. It was a great ride to Bermuda and I
am proud to say that I was part of the Cecilie Viking crew."
This was Morton's seventh Newport Bermuda Race; a family tradition that
started when hs dad and grandfather competed in their first Newport
Bermuda Race in 1972. In 1998 Morton was part of the crew that won the
race, and in 1982 his father was the skipper on the boat that won. This
year, Morton's father and brother-in-law also competed in the race,
finishing fourth and second in their divisions. Morton has competed in
over 1,000 races, including the Annapolis to Newport Race, the Figawi
Race and the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
"We are honored to support Rick's lifelong passion for sailing, and
thrilled that he was able to participate alongside the Kongsberg team
this year," said Duane Fotheringham, President of Hydroid.
"Congratulations to this team and all of the teams that competed on a
job well done."
This year's race was especially meaningful for the Kongsberg team as it
aligned with the company's 200th year anniversary. Kongsberg competed in
two offshore sailing events this year as part of the Kongsberg Extreme
200 Offshore Race: The Newport Bermuda Race, and the Shetland Race in
For more information about Kongsberg and their Extreme 200 Offshore
Racing, please visit http://e200or.blogspot.no/
About Hydroid, Inc.
Located in the U.S. and a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, Hydroid is
the world's most trusted manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles.
Its flagship line of REMUS AUVs, together with Kongsberg Maritime's
HUGIN, MUNIN and Seaglider underwater vehicles, provide marine
professionals worldwide with intelligent marine robots they can rely on.
These innovative full-picture AUV systems are utilized internationally
in marine research, defense, hydrography and energy exploration. This
family of AUVs represents the most advanced, diversified and
field-proven line of AUVs and support systems in the world.
For more information on Hydroid and Kongsberg marine
robotics technology, please visit www.km.kongsberg.com or www.hydroid.com.
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