There's a common, distinctive moment when racing from Newport to Bermuda. Your hull slips into the Gulf Stream, and suddenly, life on board feels different. Sometimes this transition is fluid. Sometimes it's jarring, as it was, well after dark, aboard the Reichel/Pugh 66 Aurora. Foredeck crew, Ellen Quinn, was tidying up the halyards as the boat came off a wave and pounded hard into a deep trough, announcing our entrance into the Stream. Ellen, and the 19 other sailors on board our boat, knew the next 200 miles would be challenging. How challenging these miles would be depended on how well we'd planned our sprint across the Stream. Since 1906, countless racing sailors have tried to use the Gulf Stream to their advantage, trading off the discomfort of sailing across, with, and sometimes against it for a quicker route to Bermuda. With satellite imagery, the crossing is far more predictable, as is the hunt for meanders, which can swiftly carry you toward Bermuda. Finding these favorable currents, experiencing the camaraderie of a crew, the competition from boats on the horizon, and the unpredictable nature of ocean racing are at the core of racing to Bermuda.