Entries Mount For 2017 Marion Bermuda Race

December 1, 2016

[Written by Talbot Wilson]

Entries continue to come in for the 2017 Marion Bermuda Race. In the first 15 days after entries opened some 30 boats entered. Now the total has reached 48 including 18 newcomers to the Race. That’s two more than the final entry total for the 2015 race. Racing starts in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts on Friday June 9th.

Yachts have until May 27th to complete their entry, but are always encouraged to enter early and be prepared. There is lots to do to get a yacht and its crew safe and ready to cross the Gulf Stream.

‘Lilla’, a Briand 76 Skipper Simon DiPietro returns to defend her record run to Bermuda. ‘Lilla’ holds the Marion Bermuda Race course record with an elapsed time of 68:58:45. The previous course record was 72:30, set in 1989 by the late Warren Brown’s famous ‘War Baby’, a custom 61 S&S design. ©Fran Grenon Spectrum Photo


Since 1977 the Marion Bermuda Race has been a premier 645-mile ocean race. It’s a sailing event which appeals to a broad range of cruising and racing enthusiasts.

The spirit of the race is one focused on Family and Fun, and all yachts and crew are participating for the joy and pleasure of sailing, competition, and the camaraderie that accompanies such an offshore event.

This year the race ends just before the 2017 America’s Cup starts. There will be an America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta, a J Class Regatta, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, and the America’s Cup Match finals… all happening as Marion Bermuda yachts are coming into Bermuda.

This will be a spectacular 16 days of sailing and spectating for Marion Bermuda racers who choose to vacation in Bermuda after the ocean race.

Yachts enter the race by using the online system accessible on the Marion Bermuda Race website. All race-related correspondence, including requirements for written notice, or questions about the eligibility of your yacht, may be conducted by email addressed to the Race Administrator.

‘Hotspur II’ skippered by Ron Wisner of Marion will be sailed with celestial navigation in the Marion Bermuda Race. In its true Corinthian spirit, the Marion Bermuda Race is the only ocean race to Bermuda that offers a celestial navigation prize, the Beverly Yacht Club ‘Polaris’ Trophy. Yachts that meet the requirements and elect to steer by the stars receive a 3% credit to their ORR handicap. © Fran Grenon Spectrum Photography

Hotspur II

The early entry fee is $950 for Yacht and Skipper and jumps to $1,100 after April 10, 2017. The entry fee for a service academy or “.edu” defined organization is $475 and $625 after April 10th. For both entry fees, each additional crewmember is $50.

The entry fee includes professional briefings on weather and the Gulf Stream at the Skipper’s meeting, an ‘on-call’ professional medical diagnosis and consulting service provided by the George Washington University Maritime Medical Access Facility during the Race and on the return passages and use of the transponder for the position tracking system during the race.

One of the important safety requirements to plan for is to make sure that at least 30% of those aboard the boat, but not fewer than two members of the crew including the person in charge, shall have attended a one-day or two-day US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar within the last 5 years, or other courses as accepted by US Sailing. The Marion Bermuda Race offers a Safety at Sea Symposium March 11-12 at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

‘Swift’ the US Naval Academy 44 [NA11] took home a treasure trove of prizes from the 2015 Marion Bermuda Race. They were 1st in Class B, won the Offshore Youth Challenge Trophy, the Bartram Trophy [for Academy, Maritime College boat], Naval Academy Trophy [for top Chesapeake Bay boat]. the Kingman Yacht Center Marion Bermuda Team Trophy [for a team of Three Yachts]. the other two Navy 44′s ‘Defiance’ and ‘Integrity’ were 2nd and 3rd in Class B and shared the team trophy. Photos © Talbot Wilson

Swift crew


For race participants who choose to stay for the cup races and festivities, 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.

Race participants will have slips available at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club for America’s Cup finals on a first come first served basis. Special accommodation packages are available, please visit americascuptravel.com for more information.

If you are interested in booking hotel accommodation only, please email bermuda@travelplaces.co.uk and a dedicated team member at Travel Places Bermuda Ltd., will happily assist you.

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