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Marion to Bermuda Race 2017 start date changed

Marion to Bermuda Race dates have changed in order to accomodate the Bermuda America's Cup.
Marion-Bermuda Race fleet in action
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In an effort to provide the best possible viewing opportunity for the 2017 America’s Cup finals in Bermuda, the Trustees of Marion Bermuda Race have announced that they will move the race start date up one week to June 9, 2017.

This will enable all Race participants to arrive in Bermuda prior to the start of the America’s Cup finals on June 17, 2017.

A survey taken by the Marion Bermuda Race Organizing Committee in the fall showed a very high interest by past race participants to be in Bermuda for the America’s Cup. In keeping with the Race’s mission of supporting youth sailing in both North America and Bermuda, the race will be supporting the America’s Cup Endeavor Program, a community sailing program for Bermuda youth. This program was developed by the America’s Cup Committee to leave a sporting legacy in Bermuda after the America’s Cup.

source:  sail-world.com

America’s Cup 2017 Priority at RHADC for Marion Bermuda 2015 Racers


Organisers of the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race have offered this year’s entrants an additional bonus of preferred viewing of the America’s Cup in 2017.

America’s Cup 2017 Priority at RHADC for Marion Bermuda 2015 Racers

Racers will earn priority status at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) to experience the 2017 America’s Cup being sailed during 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 Island has to offer for their next race.

Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club flag. photo: rhadc.bm
Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club flag. photo: rhadc.bm

That race in 2017 will be a special “race in company” to watch AC35 in Bermuda from the comfort of their own boat.

“Racing the 2015 race leads to special opportunities for those interested in this year’s race and in the next race, too,” said Ray Cullum, a past commodore of the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion and the marketing director for 2015. “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.”

The Bermuda Tourism Authority has elevated the Marion-Bermuda race from the “Tourism Experience” level to “Signature Event” status under a new funding programme for 2015.

The additional marketing will be used to enhance the Bermuda experience for Marion-Bermuda race participants and their friends, families and the return crews who come to Bermuda and the RHADC for the race itself and to enjoy Bermuda.

Ed Faries, the RHADC commodore, hopes to see a large turnout. “We expect that with all the attention Bermuda is getting as host to the next America’s Cup, we will have a good size fleet this year,” he said. “With the support from the BTA, we are planning some new experiences which will extend the Bermuda experience for our sailors to include tours of the America’s Cup venue and may also include a post-race ‘Explore Bermuda’ cruise to experience future yachting amenities planned or now under development.”

Marion Bermuda race contestants get priority for America's Cup in Bermuda in 2017.
Marion Bermuda race contestants get priority for America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017. photo: marionbermuda.com

Since its inception in 1977, the biennial Marion-Bermuda Race has been a premier 645-mile ocean race and sailing event that appeals to a broad range of cruising and racing enthusiasts. The spirit of the race is one focused on family and fun. It is organised and run by hundreds of volunteering members of the Beverly Yacht Club, the Blue Water Sailing Club and the RHADC for the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Association.

America’s Cup Priority at RHADC for Marion Bermuda Racers

[Written 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.

“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