By Ben Heselton-Clements - June 9, 2017

Skipper Ron Wisner, of Marion, Mass, sets sail today for Bermuda in the 48-year-old ship Hotspur II to compete in the Marion Bermuda race for the fourth time, racing in the class of celestial navigators. The art of celestial navigation developed over centuries. Ron is not continuing the tradition out of nostalgia or for historical interest, for him it is an essential tool for mariners the world over, for safety reasons and as a practice of good seamanship.

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By Laurie Fullerton

RHADC Bermuda- June 19, 2017: Bostonian G.J. “Chip” Bradish and his crew of three—Max Mulhern (Navigator), George Dyroff (Watch Captain) and Peter Sidewater (Crew) topped the overall awards list this year with the performance of his Class D, “Selkie”, a Morris Yachts Ocean. They took home the Founders Trophy, awarded to the yacht with the best overall corrected time, and BYC Polaris Trophy awarded to the yacht with the best celestially-navigated performance.


Here are some photos of the class winners for 2017 Marion Bermuda Race from Spectrum Photo by Fran Grenon.

RHADC Bermuda - June 15, 2017 By Talbot Wilson: Selkie, Chip Bradish’s 1988 Morris Ocean 32.5 footer from Jamaica Plain near Boston, was the overall corrected time winner of Class D and the entire 40th Anniversary Marion Bermuda Race. She was the smallest boat in the race and was sailed using only celestial navigation.
‘Jambi’, the Bermuda 50 that was line honors winner, was last on corrected time. She corrected at 127 hours 32 minutes and 38 second and finished almost 23 hours before ‘Selkie’. The top eight boats in Class D were the top eight boats in the fleet.

RHADC Bermuda- June 14, 2017 by Talbot Wilson:  ‘Jambi’, a new Hinckley Bermuda 50 skippered by John Levinson crossed the finish line off St. David’s Lighthouse at 12:47:00 ADT to take line honors in the 40th Anniversary Marion Bermuda Race.  ‘Jambi’ had an unofficial elapsed time of 4 days 23 hours 36 minutes 11 seconds. Based on her starting time of 12:55 EDT on June 9, that is 118 hours 52 minutes and 11 Seconds.