Marion Bermuda Race Information Sessions

Information Sessions to help you prepare for an offshore race to Bermuda will be presented by the Marion Bermuda Race team at West Marine stores throughout New England in January. Many sailors, racers and cruisers alike, want to make the passage to Bermuda and the Marion Bermuda Race is a great way to go, but there are many questions that must be answered.

Mark Stevens and Hank Halsted sailed Kiva, a Hinckley 51 CB, to first place in the Double-Handed division and fourth overall. © Spectrum Photo/Fran Grenon

These sessions will cover boat qualification, boat and crew preparation, communication and safety equipment, watch schedules, customs requirements, costs and logistics, when to begin preparations, the nuances and strategies for navigating Buzzards Bay, the Gulf Stream and the approach to Bermuda, and the hands-on mentoring program provided by the Marion Bermuda Race support team. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, January 5: Portland, ME at 10 am; Portsmouth, NH at 2 pm. Sunday, January 6: Seabrook, NH at 10 am; Danvers, MA at 2 pm. Saturday, January 12: Woburn, MA at 10 am; Braintree, MA at 2 pm. Sunday, January 13: Fairhaven, MA at 10 am; Middletown, RI at 2 pm. Saturday, January 19: Mystic, CT at 10 am; Old Saybrook, CT at 2 pm.

This is a unique opportunity to see what it takes for you, your crew and your boat to race to Bermuda safely (and maybe win a little silver along the way). For more information, contact Marion Bermuda Race Participation Chair David Risch at DavidRisch75@msn.com or 401-419-4650.

Since its inception in 1977, the biennial Marion Bermuda Race has been a premier 645-mile ocean race for amateur sailors aboard cruising and racing/cruising monohull yachts. The Marion to Bermuda Race is organized and run entirely by hundreds of volunteering members of The Beverly Yacht Club, The Blue Water Sailing Club and The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club for the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Association. The 2013 race starts on June 14. The Notice of Race is posted at marionbermuda.com. Updates can be found at the event blog, marionbermuda.wordpress.com.

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