Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race

Marion Bermuda Participant Profiles

Bob Anderson Profile 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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Bob Kostyla Profile Bob Kostyla
Marion, MA USA
Corsair C & C 40

SUGGESTIONS FOR FIRST TIMERS:

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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Bill Knuff Profile Bill Knuff
Groton, MA USA
Walkabout Little Harbor 38

SUGGESTIONS FOR FIRST TIMERS:

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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Roy & Gail Greenwald Profile Roy & Gail Greenwald
Winchester, MA USA
Cordelia Valiant 42

SUGGESTIONS FOR FIRST TIMERS:

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

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Barlett and Constance Paulding Profile 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 Patton Profile David Patton
North Reading, MA USA
Fiddlers Green Tartan 42

SUGGESTIONS FOR FIRST TIMERS:

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

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Anne Kolker Profile Anne Kolker
Stonington, CT USA
Etoile 52 Foot Salon Sloop

ETOILE KEEPS HER SPIRIT OF LIFE

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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Ron Wisner Profile 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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David Risch Profile 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

Mark Craig Profile 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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Dan Biemesderfer Profile 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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Warren Zapol Profile 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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Mark “Gabe” Gabrielson Profile 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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