Marion Bermuda Race starts June 9, 2017

Presentation Series this fall…and front row seats for the Cup!

Marion BermudaSo, You Want to Race to Bermuda? That’s the title of the Marion Bermuda Race Presentation series happening this fall in locations around New England. Many sailors, racers and cruisers alike, want to make the offshore passage to Bermuda and the Marion Bermuda Race is a great way to go.

The 21st edition of the Marion Bermuda Race starts June 9, 2017.   ©

So if you have never done the race or would just like a refresher, take advantage of one of this year’s Marion Bermuda Race Presentations. You will hear information specific to the race and many of the activities surrounding it. Topics will include boat qualifications, boat & crew preparations, communications & safety equipment, watch schedules, customs requirements, cost & logistics, and the preparation process. Presenters will also touch on strategies for Buzzards Bay, the Gulf Stream and the approach to Bermuda.

The presentations are open to the public and the fall schedule includes:

Stamford Yacht Club                   Thursday, November 10, 2016       6:30 pm

Seawanhaka Corinthian YC       Friday, November 18, 2016       6:30 pm

Stonington Harbor YC                 Saturday, November 12, 2016   5:00 pm

There will also be presentations at Portland Yacht Club in Portsmouth, NH, as well as yet-to-be-determined locations in Newport, RI and Boston, MA. Check the Marion Bermuda Race website for dates and times. 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).

And there’s another special reason to enter this race. In an effort to provide the best possible viewing opportunity for the 2017 America’s Cup finals in Bermuda, the Trustees of the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race have moved the start of the 645-mile open ocean challenge to June 9, 2017. This enables all race participants to arrive prior to the start of the America’s Cup finals on Bermuda’s Great Sound on June 17.

Marion BermudaA lot of planning and coordination has gone into the 2017 race to insure all participants that want to stay for the Cup will have that opportunity. Special dockage arrangements are in place, and spectator boats and special tours of the race compound are all on the agenda.

Participants will be docked in Hamilton prior to the start of the 35th America’s Cup Finals.   ©

The America’s Cup Event Authority has established the first and only dedicated travel website for America’s Cup spectators to view and book packages to attend the 35th America’s Cup. Ocean Race participants will have access to a limited number slips and moorings at The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club for the Cup finals on a first come, first served basis. Special accommodation packages are available.

Each Bermuda Accommodations package includes hotel accommodation, on-water spectator tickets on official spectator boats, round trip airport transfers, and Official America’s Cup merchandise. If you, your crew, guests or family are interested in attending the 35th America’s Cup as an add-on after the Marion Bermuda Race, visit For booking hotel accommodation only, email and a dedicated team member at Travel Places Bermuda Ltd., will happily assist you. For Bed & Breakfast accommodations or other properties, visit

In keeping with the Marion Bermuda Race mission of fostering youth sailing in both North America and Bermuda, the race will support the America’s Cup Endeavour Program, a community sailing program for Bermuda youth developed by the America’s Cup Committee to leave a sporting legacy in Bermuda after the America’s Cup.

This is the 21st Marion Bermuda Race and the 40th year for the biennial event, which is organized and run 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.

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