Registration for Marion Events
Join us on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 for an enjoyable evening of camaraderie honoring visiting Bermudians and yachtsmen at Beverly Yacht Club. Festivities begin at 1800 with a cocktail reception followed by welcoming speeches and a buffet style dinner. Reservations must be received by Monday, June 10.
After the Skipper's meeting on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 1800, Beverly Yacht Club will host a crew grill, picnic style supper sponsored by Gosling's Rums for all crew, families and friends - a casual, fun time. Cash Bar. Gosling's rum, drinks are $3.00.
ORR Rating Application
The Marion Bermuda Race requires that each yacht entering the race have a valid ORR Rating certificate from US Sailing. The process is different based upon whether you are renewing a past certificate or applying for a new one.
Prepping the Celestial Boat for the Marion to Bermuda Race — Including the New AIS Rules
By Ron Wisner
Every boat owner has a winter “boat list” of projects and maintenance as the boat is being readied for the next season. However, if the owner is doing the Bermuda race, the usual winter’s “boat list” has doubled.
The celestial boat has some additional preparations that the other boats do not. Some of this additional preparation stems from the fact that we cannot use our electronic instruments. Other preparations come from the nature and practice of the actual navigation.
Conditions Adjustment to Marion Bermuda Race Scoring
The ORR handicapping system assumes that the wind will blow at a certain strength from varying angles for the duration of the race. Individual yacht’s polars then define how fast she should sail the course and the fleet is ranked against a fictional ‘scratch boat’. This assumption is ‘challenged’ by a variety of race specific climatic and oceanographic conditions. Ocean races of long duration will typically experience these varied conditions. Whether it is wind deflection and strength between inshore and offshore positions, the crossing of a known directional current or the historical location of a high pressure gradient, the likelihood of predictable conditions for an entire race is little to none. Because of these differences, the Marion Bermuda Race is attempting to take one of these conditions that has shown itself to be a real and consistent detriment to what one might feel is a fair race based solely on a boats handicap and include another factor that adjusts across the fleet. In the case of the Marion Bermuda Race (or any race to Bermuda) it is the Bermuda high pressure gradient.