Marion Bermuda Race
Start: Friday June 9, 2017 - 40th Anniversary
The Marion Bermuda Race will start in Buzzards Bay off Marion, Massachusetts, and finish off St. David’s Head, Bermuda.
Since its inception in 1977, the Marion Bermuda Race has been a Corinthian event, and yachts are accepted by invitation. The spirit of the race is that all yachts and crew are participating for the joy and pleasure of sailing, competition, and the camaraderie that accompanies such an off-shore event. The race provides an opportunity for cruising yachts and amateur crews to participate in an ocean race and a rendezvous in Bermuda. It encourages the development of blue water sailing skills on seaworthy yachts that can be handled safely offshore with limited crew. Prizes are awarded in various categories with a bonus for celestially navigated yachts.
Latest News ---
- The Gulf Stream in the Vicinity of the Rhumb Line Newport to Bermuda - May 5, 2017
- The Gulf Stream A Navigator’s Perspective Course Saturday May 13, 2017 0900 to 1300.
- Registration for MBR Reception and Dinner on June 7 and Crew Supper on June 8 is now open.
- Celestial Navigation Course May 20 - 21, 2017 at 0830 to 1730 both days
- Registration for MBR Reception and Dinner on June 7, Crew Supper on June 8 and After Party on June 17 is now open.
- Preliminary Sailing Instructions are online and have been updated to May 17, 2017 for the America's Cup Super Yacht Race in the vicinity of the finish and U.S. Sailing prescriptions.
- 2017 Race Book is online.
- Notice of Race has been posted and it was revised April 15, 2017 and March 1, 2017 with minor changes to the Marion Bermuda Race Safety Requirements.
- The first and only dedicated travel website for America’s Cup spectators to view and book packages to attend the 35th America’s Cup is now live!
- Bermuda Dock Request - Race Week: please process this early!
- Bermuda Dock Request - AC Finals Week: please process this early!
About the Race
On behalf of the Beverly Yacht Club, Blue Water Sailing Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club, please accept our personal invitation to participate in the Marion Bermuda Race. 2017 will mark the 21st running of the Marion Bermuda Race. It has been a wonderful 40 years, starting from a race that began with two old sailing buddies talking about racing from Marion to Bermuda and inviting their friends, to each boat being tracked through satellite navigation for all the world to follow. It has always been a race aimed at cruising boats and remains so today.
So what’s new for the 2017 race? The big news is the Island of Bermuda is hosting the 35th America’s Cup and race participants will be there to see it! The race will arrive in Bermuda just prior to the start of the finals and special mooring/dockage arrangements have been made to accommodate those yachts that would like to stay through the finals. Because of this once in a lifetime opportunity, we have moved the start date one week earlier to June 9, 2017 to ensure everyone is in Bermuda for the America’s Cup finals.
Corinthian Resolve - The Story of the Marion Bermuda Race
A Book by Mark Gabrielson -
For the past 40 years, the Marion Bermuda Race has offered Corinthian sailors the opportunity to sail competitively in a serious offshore ocean race. Read all about how it began and highlights through the years.
View a sample of the Forward, Contents and Introduction.
Sailing to a foreign country involves a great deal of planning and paperwork. The Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Association is here to help. We have many years of experience and local knowledge of Hamilton and all of Bermuda.
From Customs to docking, provisioning and the much-recommended tourism of this beautiful island, we have many resources linked here; you are welcome to email us with questions and suggestions by using our online Contact Form.
Bermuda Customs Department
Bermuda Customs personnel will attend RHADC on arrival of vessels to provide a timely inward clearance at the premises.
For outward clearance, Bermuda Customs would be available at RHADC between the hours of 1200 to 1500 on Saturday, June 17th and 0900 – 1200 on Sunday, June 18th.
Should outward clearance be required after these stated times vessels will need to report to the Yacht Report Centre in St. George’s for clearance.
The first and only dedicated travel website for America’s Cup spectators to view and book packages to attend the 35th America’s Cup is now live! Each package includes hotel accommodation, on-water spectator tickets on official spectator boats to watch the racing live and up close, round trip airport transfers and Official America’s Cup merchandise. If you, your crew, or your family, are interested in attending the 35th America’s Cup as an add-on after the Marion Bermuda race, please visit www.americascuptravel.com for more information. If you are interested in booking hotel accommodation only, please email and a dedicated team member at Travel Places Bermuda Ltd., will happily assist you.
If you are interested in Bed and Breakfast accommodations or other Bermuda properties: www.bermudarentals.com
Marion Bermuda Mentor Program
We’re here to help you prepare. We have a group of individuals standing by ready to assist race participants with preparation assistance. Our mentors are available by phone, email and, when mutually convenient, informal in-person meetings. (If you require more extensive consultation, for instance, someone to spend a day with you aboard your boat to review your systems and provide more detailed and thorough suggestions customized for your situation, please let us know and we’d be happy to refer you to people who specialize in offshore passage-making preparation consulting.)
The program is informal. Each new entrant brings particular areas of experience and expertise and also diverse needs. Our overall mission is to welcome sailors who have always wanted to experience an adventure like the Marion to Bermuda race. We know you have time constraints and we hope to provide you ready answers from trusted sources so that your goal of race participation can become a reality for you.