Newport 2022

The Jester Challenge to Newport, Rhode Island, 2022

Four boats started the 2022 Jester Challenge, crossing the start line at 12:00 on Sunday 8th May in Plymouth (UK) and heading to Newport, Rhode Island (USA).

As well as details of the Skippers and their boats, this page will show our Tracking Map and information on SitReps.

Event Tracking

The four participants are all using different tracking/messaging devices. As we receive them, we will endeavour to reproduce their (approximate) Midday positions, together with any significant changes of course or particular messages. Click on each boat for full details and any messages.


We will provide periodic SitReps during the Challenge – see News section.


Andrzej Kopytko OPOLENajad 3434’
Bernie BranfieldLOUISAInvicta 2626’
Howard ChiversSANDPIPERSadler 2929’Retired (17/5/22)
John AppsARELIA OF HOOInvicta Mk125′Retired (17/5/22)


The Start

The Jester Challenge 2022 was started in blustery conditions by Ewen Southby-Tailyour aboard EQUINOX.

Entrant – ARELIA
Entrant – LOUISA
Entrant – OPOLE
Starter Boat – EQUINOX
Jester Helm Committee Boat – GOOD REPORT

The Skippers & their Boats in Plymouth – pre-departure:

The four starting Skippers L-R: Andrzej Kopytko, Bernie Branfield, John Apps, Howard Chivers
John Apps – ARELIA
Howard Chivers – SANDPIPER
Bernie Branfield – LOUISA
Andrzej Kopytko – OPOLE

Living quarters:


Notice of Event

Start off western end of Plymouth Breakwater, 1200 Sunday 8 May 2022.
Finish at a line extending due west (true) from Castle Hill Lighthouse on Newport Neck, Rhode Island.

The event will start from Plymouth on Sunday 8th May 2022, with the skippers dinner on Friday 6th and the briefing on Saturday 7th. Challengers are welcome to enter at any time before the skippers’ briefing; if you are considering taking part please register your interest to obtain current event information via the contact page.

Skippers should note the Jester Guidelines.

We are grateful to Charles Bush of Mayflower Marina and Steve of Jolly Jack’s who are hosting the fleet and dinner before the start, and to Norm Bailey for his continued support and guidance in conjunction with the Newport Yacht Club.

The spectre of Covid regulations is still haunting us, and there is still no guarantee that they won’t impact on the event. At present (3 April 2022) sailors need to provide proof of vaccination to enter the US; challengers are strongly advised to liaise with the US embassy on visa and Covid requirements. The arrangements that allow tourists to obtain visas on arrival by ‘plane do not apply and the penalties for arriving without a visa are potentially severe; failure to start the visa process early has already proved a problem for some potential challengers. Please ask if you have any questions.