By Talbot Wilson
Racers entering in the 20th Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race that starts June 19, 2015 will earn priority status at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) to experience the 2017 America’s Cup being sailed during the month of June. Participating in the 2015 race will act as a warm-up-trip to Bermuda that will enable participants to make a crossing to Bermuda and become familiar with all that the islands have to offer for their next race. That race in 2017 will be a special “race in company” to watch AC35 in Bermuda from the comfort of their own boat.
Alibi, a J120 sailed double-handed in the Marion Bermuda Race, finishes off St David's Lighthouse. Co-skippers Gardner Grant and Stephen Fisk sailed Ailibi to first in Class A and 12th in the 33-boat Founders Division.© SpectrumPhoto/Fran Grenon
“Racing the 2015 race,” said Ray Cullum, a past Commodore of the Beverly YC in Marion and Marketing Director for 2015, “leads to special opportunities for those interested in this year’s race and in the next race, too. Skippers racing this year will be given preferential dockage and mooring space at RHADC in 2017. Skippers and crew in the 2015 race will have the current rates guaranteed plus first refusal on dockage and mooring space for the 2017 race. They may also receive special discounts following this year’s race surrounding their stay for the America’s Cup.”
Apply for an invitation and register for the 2015 Marion Bermuda Race and enjoy the benefits during the America’s Cup in 2017. To date there are 35 yachts entered or in the process of entering. www.marionbermuda.com
Marion Bermuda Mentor Program
Experienced Marion Bermuda sailors are on stand-by to help you prepare for your first race. Our mentors are available by phone, email and, when mutually convenient, informal in-person meetings.
If you are new to ocean racing and require more extensive consultation please let us know and we’d be happy to refer you to people who specialize in offshore passage-making preparation consulting.
“Our Mentor program is informal,” said David Risch, participation chairman. “Each new entrant brings particular areas of experience and expertise and also diverse needs. Our overall mission is to welcome sailors who have always wanted to experience an adventure like the Marion to Bermuda Race. We know you have time constraints and we hope to provide you ready answers from trusted sources so that your goal of race participation can become a reality for you.”
Many skippers say preparation is by far the most challenging component of the race (paling in comparison to the actual passage itself). The Marion Bermuda Race mentor program will help you make the most efficient use of your preparation time by consulting with people who have been there and done that before.
Please let organizers know of your interest in the Race as soon as possible - and if you would like to be paired with a Mentor, we will connect you. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will match you up with your own Mentor.