Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race

2013 Social and Family Events in Bermuda

Why not make the Marion-Bermuda Race an unforgettable life-experience the whole family can enjoy?

The Marion Bermuda Race is traditionally known for its spirit of camaraderie and friendly competition. We are striving to expand activities through which race revelers can get acquainted and strengthen the relationships that will promote participation for generations to come.

These proposed social events will be held at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) and are designed for crew members’ extended family and friends while waiting for “their ship to come in”. Weekly children’s activities are offered simultaneously to allow adults a “hands free” social experience. Group rate accommodations are also available! Events are subject to change depending on demand. Please designate a representative of your vessel to indicate your interest in the following social events and either submit this Questionnaire or send an email to

Information and Feedback Questionnaire

Racing Yacht:    
Skipper: Cell Phone:
Social Director*: Cell Phone:
*Social Director should be appointed by the Skipper so he/she can focus on the Race details.
Saturday, June 15th
  • Tom Coleman Opti Green Fleet Sailing Clinic, RHADC. Day one 9:30am - 4:00pm plus social events. Fee is $100. See more information.
Sunday, June 15th
  • Tom Coleman Opti Green Fleet Sailing Clinic, RHADC. Day two 9:30am - 4:00pm plus social events. See more information.
  • RED, WHITE and BLUE Opti Fleet sailing can join in the RHADC Summer Optimist Regatta. See or contact
Monday, June 17th
  • Tom Coleman Opti Green Fleet Sailing Clinic, RHADC. Day three 9:30am - 4:00pm plus social events. See more information.
  • St. David’s Lighthouse Cocktail party at the Finish Line! Witness the first boats approach Bermuda from a premiere location. Traditionally a party for the Race Committee and Volunteers, they have graciously extended an invitation to early guests. Transportation provided.
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Tuesday, June 18th
  • Butterfield and VallisAfternoon Tea (4:00 PM) hosted by the Governor’s Wife, Mrs. Margaret Fergusson. Experience a classic British tradition with Bermuda’s First Lady! Sponsored by Butterfiled & Vallis.
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Wednesday, June 19th
  • Hera BoutiqueFashion Show Luncheon (12:00 PM). Enjoy a delicious meal while feasting your eyes on the latest in Bermuda fashion from Beachwear to Eveningwear provided by downtown’s chicest boutiques! Sponsored by Hera Boutique.
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  • Wednesday Evening: Gosling’s Rum Tasting
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Thursday, June 20th
  • Get a taste of Bermuda culture, literally! Renowned RHADC Chef John will share his delicious recipes for Classic Bermuda Fish Chowder and Codfish Cakes (with Gosling’s Rum). Master Bartender Phil will also reveal his secrets to making Bermuda’s signature drink, The Rum Swizzle! (With Gosling’s, of course.)
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  • Thursday Evening: See the colorful Gombey Performer’s tribal dance to drums in full costume. Make your own costume mask! A great activity for the whole family.
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  • Dancing under the stars! Try out your new-found Gombey moves, harbor-side by the light of the Tiki torches down at the Flip Flop Grill.
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  • Kids Movie Night
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Friday, June, 21th
  • Morning Cricket Lessons on the RHADC Tennis Courts
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  • Water-world Activities! Kids Sailing Clinic and Water Tramp
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  • Race around the warm, turquoise harbor in one design dinghys (420s and Lasers for adults and Optis and O’pen Bics for kids) in full view of the club house. Creative Crew attire will be richly rewarded!
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  • Award Ceremony. Awards will be presented for ... um... no particularly good reason! Whatever the Junior Judges feel is worthy, or notable in one way or another. Just fun. This activity will kick off the much anticipated Gosling Rum’s cocktail party following the race
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  • Friday Evening: Gosling’s Rum demonstrates a brilliant way to mix your Rum Swizzle - in the Washing Machine! Doing the wash has never been so intoxicating. Come get washed-up and partake of this hilarious and tasty mixer, followed by DJ and Dancing at the Flip Flop Grill of course. Good clean fun!
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Saturday, June 22nd RHADC Gala
  • Explore a Shipwreck in a 2 hour snorkeling expedition off the coast of Elbow Beach!
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  • Evening prizegiving and gala dinner on grounds of RHADC. Make Reservations
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Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club
  • Fairmont Hamilton HotelWith spectacular views of Hamilton Harbor the Fairmont Hamilton Hotel ( is extending a welcoming invitation to members of the Marion-Bermuda Race Entourage. A Ferry will take you to their private beach or use their two pools.
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  • *You must make your reservations directly with the hotel
  • Bermuda Underwater Exploration InstituteBermuda Underwater Exploration Institute ( offers fantastic children’s activities, just around the corner from the RHADC! Enjoy some adult time while kids 7-13 have fun learning about Sharks, Prehistoric Seas, Seashells and Pirates in four daily sessions. The BUEI is expert in making learning interesting and fun! Enrich your child with the joyful company of other children there for the race, in a closely supervised adventure so you may enjoy the company of adults! The flat rate for the kids entertainment/education sessions is $55, including a meal for each session held Tuesday, June 18 through Friday June 21. The sessions are 2.5 hours long. Schedule to be posted; register directly with Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.
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  • Adventure Camp at Elbow BeachEnroll your child in the Adventure Camp at Elbow Beach. Parents residing at the Elbow Beach Hotel may attend at no cost. The cost will be $30 per child or adult with transport included. Register directly and check their website ( for full details! Complimentary Shuttle Service from the RHADC to Elbow Beach. Please see the video for more information.
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  • Fairmont Southampton HotelFairmont Southampton Hotel’s ( superb 3 par Golf Course is rolling out a special offer for Marion-Bermuda Race Entourages to play on this spectacular course in a game that won’t take all day!
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  • Harbor Sailboat Racing opportunities for kids and “grown-ups” sailing Optis, O’pen Bics, 420 Teams or Match Racing in the afternoon!
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  • Would you be interested in Day Care Services or private babysitting services?
  • Please indicate preferences and ages of children:

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