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  • Bob Anderson +

    Seekonk, MA USA
    Ariel
    Alden 44

    Suggestions for first time skippers:

    Start early (like now for next year). Talk to other boat owners that have done the race recently and preferably for the first time recently...

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  • Dan Biemesderfer +

    Guilford, CT USA
    Shearwater
    Mason 43

    Why do you keep doing the Marion Bermuda race?

    There are a number of reasons I find this race rewarding. The first thing is that I just love ocean sailing...

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  • Mark Craig +

    Grosse Pointe, MI USA
    Solutions
    Jeanneau 45

    How are you preparing:

    We are preparing for the race by first delivering the boat to Newport, RI from Harbor Springs, MI this fall (2010) and wintering it there...

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  • Mark “Gabe” Gabrielson +

    Boston, MA USA
    Lyra
    Hinckley SQ 50

    Suggestions for first time skippers:

    Start preparations early, at least 9 months in advance. Put Safety First, Speed Second. Spend as much time planning the return as the Race itself. The Race organizers and veteran mentors do a phenomenal job of preparing everyone for the trip to Bermuda. The support system for that leg is comprehensive, well-rehearsed, and complete. It’s the trip back that you, the skipper, need to make sure is as safe, as well-planned and as fun as the trip down. Experienced mountaineers are fond of reminding rookie climbers that it’s the descent that matters. You’ve got to get down off the thing. Otherwise, summiting is kind of irrelevant. Selecting a competent and congenial crew is as important to get right as anything else you do. Consider Family First...

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  • Roy & Gail Greenwald +

    Winchester, MA USA
    Cordelia
    Valiant 42

    Suggestions for first time skippers:

    Don’t forget those special midnight snacks!...

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  • Bill Knuff +

    Groton, MA USA
    Walkabout Little Harbor 38

    Suggestions for first time skippers:

    Get experience doing coastal overnighters. Get to know the Skipper, the Crew and the Boat personally prior to signing as crew...

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  • Anne Kolker +

    Stonington, CT USA
    Etoile
    52 Foot Salon Sloop

    Suggestions for first time skippers:

    What sets Anne and Etoile apart is that she almost gave up her boat and stopped sailing altogether when her husband died nearly two years ago...

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  • Bob Kostyla +

    Marion, MA USA
    Corsair
    C & C 40

    Suggestions for first time skippers:

    Sail on a sound boat with an experienced catain. Choose your crew carefully as the boat becomes small very quickly, and plan very well...

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  • David Patton +

    North Reading, MA USA
    Fiddlers Green
    Tartan 42

    Suggestions for first time skippers:

    Start preparing this Fall and ask all the questions you want...

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  • Barlett and Constance Paulding +

    Walkabout Little
    Harbor 38

    Suggestions:

    The trip is rigorous and the quarters are close and various challenges will occur. It is vital that the relationship between skipper...

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  • David Risch +

    Marion, MA USA
    Corsair
    C&C 40

    Father son teams return to finish what they started

    Ocean racing inevitably flushes out every character flaw and strength inherent in the crew. CORSAIR entered the race with one paramount mission; to share the humbling and exhilarating experience of an offshore race, bonding fathers, sons and good friends...

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    More... Mission Accomplished By Diane Kelley

  • Ron Wisner +

    Marion, MA USA
    Hotspur
    Rhodes 41

    Suggestions for first time skippers:

    A wise sailor told me before the race to "beware of fast reaching". I believed we had taken a sober approach and aside from being pooped twice filling the cockpit and despite the stinging rain in our faces, the boat handled it just fine....

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  • Warren Zapol +

    Cambridge, MA USA
    Mabuhay
    Sabre 362

    What inspired you to do the race?

    In 2003 I sailed with Skipper Jose Venegas in the MB race on his 36 ft Beneteau “Ipanema”. Jose is a great racing captain and I learned so very much from him and enjoyed that race (wherein we took Silver in our class). It remained for me to enter a period in my life when there would be sufficient time and resources to prepare my own boat, a 36 ft Sabre 362 named “Mabuhay” (a Philippine word meaning long life and good health) for this remarkable journey...

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