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The Bermuda Boater


“A Comprehensive guide to Piloting and Seamanship for boaters around the waters of Bermuda.”










"New Revised 3rd Edition!"

Chapter's 1 and 2 Chapter's 3 and 4 Chapter's 5 and 6 Chapter's 7 8 9 Chapter's 10 and 11

Book Release Date: Spring 2013

Book Release Date: Spring 2013

About the Author

Ralph Richardson is Past Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, having served as its Commander in Chief from January 1, 2008 until December 31, 2009. The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, which received its Royal Charter from Buckingham Palace in 1845, is one if the oldest British Royal Yacht Clubs outside of the British Isles. Ralph has an interesting background that fits well with his keen interest in boating.


He is a qualified diesel and petrol engine technician having qualified under the British City & Guilds of London Certification program in the 1960’s and 70’s at the Bermuda Technical Institute. Later, in 1977 he qualified as local marine pilot with a “C” license, the maximum issued to commercial pilots.


Ralph has spent countless hours on and beneath the seas. He has been captain of tour boats, both power and sail, and served as operations manager and chief Captain of the Enterprise Submarine, a 44 passenger tour submarine, capable of carrying passengers to 200 feet beneath the surface. He spent nearly 1,000 hours under the surface as Captain and trainer of the submarine during the late 1980’s and early 1990‘s. He has taught Marine Engines and Navigation at the Warwick Community School for over 20 years and taught Royal Yachting Association Courses at the Bermuda College for 4 years.


In 1981 Ralph was able to accomplish his dream of completing an ocean passage. He did so as engineer aboard the Great Britain II, then one of the most famous sailing yachts in the world. The Maxi Yacht, at the time, had won the first two round the world Whitbread Yacht Races. That epic voyage took him from Bermuda to the Caribbean and back in March where he experienced the roughest passage he has ever seen.


After completing the Celestial Navigation Course under Captain Ian Clark in 1983 at the Bermuda College, Ralph competed in the Marion to Bermuda Yacht Race that year and has now navigated in 8 ocean races to Bermuda which includes the Newport to Bermuda Race. He has successfully helped guide three Class ‘A’ yachts to a first place finish in the Marion Bermuda Race. He has also participated in several yacht deliveries to the US and Caribbean and now has over 20,000 ocean miles amongst his accomplishments.


Ralph has served on several marine related boards including the Bermuda Ports Authority, where he served as Chairman in 1998. He is a member of the board of overseers of the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Mass. He is a member of the Board of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences as well as past Vice President of the Bermuda Zoological Society, which runs the education and conservation programs for the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.


Past Commodore Ralph Richardson is Married to Julie and in November of 2012, the couple will celebrate their 40th anniversary. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.