Bitter End Yacht Club Announces First Adventurer in Residence: Jerome Rand

Join Jerome Rand at Bitter End for an immersive experience into solo and offshore sailing from March 18th to April 1st. 

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Introduced to the Bitter End Yacht Club during a trip to the BVI, a nine-year stint followed at the watersports center. During the his years at BEYC, a long-held dream of solo, nonstop circumnavigation took shape, leading to the purchase and modification of a Westsail 32 named “Mighty Sparrow.” Setting sail from Gloucester, Massachusetts, in October 2017, Jerome Rand embarked on a 271-day journey, enduring hurricanes in the Atlantic before navigating the Southern Ocean and the Five Great Capes. Returning to Gloucester after covering 29,807 miles, the voyage tested mental and physical limits, ultimately relying on perseverance and luck to conquer some of the world’s most treacherous seas.

Register via email at or upon arrival at the front desk. 



In this unique opportunity, Jerome will share invaluable insights garnered from his remarkable journey, offering firsthand accounts, motivations, and expert tips tailored for both cruising and racing sailors alike. But it doesn’t stop there. Our Cruising Clinic promises to be an interactive experience, where participants can engage directly with Jerome, ask questions, and delve deeper into the world of oceanic adventure.


Hosted in our Quarterdeck lounge, Jerome will lead captivating lectures on specific topics essential to sailors and adventurers alike. From mastering navigation techniques to weathering the challenges of long-distance cruising, each session will provide in-depth insights drawn from Jerome’s unparalleled experiences at sea.

Attendees will have the privilege to engage in intimate Q&A sessions following each lecture . Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or an aspiring explorer, these sessions are designed to enrich your understanding and sharpen your skills. 


Join us as we create a cozy atmosphere where sea stories flow as freely as the refreshing beverages from our Reef Sampler.

No formalities here – just grab a beer, kick back, and immerse yourself in the casual camaraderie of fellow sailors and adventurers. Share your own tales of triumph and tribulation on the high seas, or simply sit back and listen as others regale us with their salty yarns.

Whether you’re a seasoned mariner or a landlubber with dreams of distant horizons, everyone’s welcome to join in the fun. So, pull up a chair, stoke the fire, and let the storytelling begin. See you by the fire!