Bermuda Bonanza: A Captains’ Golf Retreat

19 July 2023 By Hannah Rankine
Participants at the Port Royal Golf Course.


BOAT International partnered with the Bermuda Tourism Authority to host an unforgettable Captains' Golf Retreat on Bermuda. The June event brought together eight yacht captains, industry professionals, and golf enthusiasts for an exclusive chance to network through golf and enjoy the unique charm of Bermuda.

Capt. Mark Jones

The retreat kicked off with participants checking in at the stunning Grotto Bay Beach Resort, where they were gifted a complimentary washbag by Wiseman. After a relaxing evening, guests indulged in a delightful dinner at the Bayside BBQ in Grotto Bay.

The following day, the excitement continued as participants enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before heading to the renowned Port Royal Golf Course. The teams of four embarked on an exhilarating round of golf on this challenging course, originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The greens proved to be a true test of skill, with participants engaging in friendly competition while enjoying the spectacular waterside views. (It was not a requirement to be a proficient golfer to attend. In fact, the retreat warmly welcomed two captains who were completely new to the game of golf.)

After a morning on the course, a networking reception awaited the golfers at Port Royal Golf Course. The refreshing drinks and engaging conversations provided the perfect opportunity to connect with all those involved.

Kim Swan, Capt. Claudio Potenza, and Capt. Mattia Belleri

The afternoon saw participants depart for St. George’s Marina for a reception. Guests had the chance to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings before embarking on a tour of St. George’s, hosted by local yacht agent Mark Soares. This immersive experience allowed attendees to discover the rich history and attractions of this charming location.

Dinner at Intrepid

As the sun began to set, everyone gathered for the welcome dinner at Intrepid, one of Bermuda’s finest restaurants. Captains, BOAT team members, and representatives from the Bermuda Tourist Authority enjoyed a casual yet elegant evening of delicious cuisine and memorable conversations, creating lasting connections.

Capt. Stilianos Xidakis, Toby Moore, Capt. Mark Jones, and Capt. Pete Bronkie

Following a leisurely breakfast the next day, participants departed for the picturesque Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Course. With its stunning vistas and unique challenges, this premier golf resort provided an exceptional golfing experience. Golf was followed by a relaxed lunch at the Rosewood Beach Club, part of Rosewood Hotels. One team even managed to play 18 holes prior to their flight home at the hotel’s very own golf course, Tucker’s Point. Andrew Archibald, the hotel’s managing director, accompanied guests, offering insights into the club’s offerings, and adding a personal touch to the leisurely lunch.

In the evening, participants enjoyed a change of scenery as they ventured to Cambridge Beaches. Hosted by Hazel Clark of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, the Sundowner Lounge provided the perfect backdrop for a lively Swizzle party, where attendees networked and savored Bermuda's signature rum cocktail.

The much-anticipated farewell dinner and prize giving took place at the elegant Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa. Against the backdrop of the oceanfront and Bermudian charm, guests bid adieu to an unforgettable retreat. The prize giving ceremony added an element of friendly competition, recognizing the golfers’ achievements throughout the event.

Participants at the Sundowner Lounge

The winning team comprised BOAT International Editor-in-Chief Stewart Campbell, Capt. Laurie Horo, Capt. Ferdi Heymann, and Capt. Rory Hogan. In addition to their team victory, individual accolades were also awarded. Capt. Heymann displayed remarkable accuracy, winning the Nearest the Pin prize, while Capt. Hogan showcased his impressive power, earning the coveted title of Longest Drive. Other participants included Capt. Stilianos Xidakis, Capt. Mark Jones, Capt. Pete Bronkie, and BOAT International CEO Toby Moore.

The final day began with breakfast at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort, followed by a visit to Hamilton Princess Marina. Participants were able to explore the extensive superyacht facilities as Larry, the dockyard master, showcased the marina at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club Hotel.

Stewart Campbell addresses the crowd at the farewell dinner at Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa.

To end the retreat on a high note, attendees were treated to a private rum tasting at the Bacardì headquarters. Nestled in the heart of Bermuda, this renowned distillery welcomed participants to indulge in the rich heritage and flavors of the world-famous Bacardì rum.

The Captains' Golf Retreat, organized in partnership with the Bermuda Tourism Authority, successfully combined the thrill of golf, networking opportunities, and the captivating allure of Bermuda. From challenging courses to breathtaking landscapes and delightful evenings, this retreat was truly an experience to remember. 

Hamilton Princess Marina

More from Dockwalk