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Beverly Yacht Club

Jack Gierhart, Commodore

bycburgeeSince 1977 the Beverly Yacht Club has enjoyed the honor of co - hosting the Marion Bermuda Race, a premier ocean race. The Officers, Council, members and staff of the Beverly Yacht Club warmly welcome you to our Club, the Town of Marion and the waters of Buzzards Bay. We shall do our best to make the 2019 Marion Bermuda Race a fun, safe and memorable experience for you and your crew.

The Beverly Yacht Club was established in 1872 by an enthusiastic group of yachtsmen with the sole purpose of promoting racing and good fellowship among its members. Throughout the 147 year history of the Club, we have maintained that focus and it is just as strong today as it was 147 years ago. The BYC races five days a week between May and September initiating over three hundred starts. This doesn’t include regional, national and international events that take place each summer. Skippers and crew of both large and small boats can find a venue within our schedule to test their skill. Each week well over one hundred boats will find their way to the starting line.

The BYC also understands the importance of passing down this great pastime to our young people: from the opti kids just learning the joy of being around boats and on the water, to serious C420 racing teens competing in regatta’s every week as part of the advanced racing program. BYC members, many graduates of our Junior Program, have competed in and brought trophies and medals home from the Olympic Games, World Championships, and numerous National Championships.

Scores of our members are adventurous cruisers and offshore racers and since its inception have always competed in the Marion Bermuda Race. I sailed my first Marion Bermuda race at 16 and it’s been a huge privilege to have participated as crew in seven races since 1981.

The 2019 Race is the culmination of a tremendous amount of work by the Marion Bermuda Race Organizing Committee and the legion of volunteers from the three host clubs: Beverly Yacht Club, Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and the Blue Water Sailing Club. The organizers deserve a huge thank you for their time and effort in putting this event together and managing the Race at the very highest level.

Whether it’s a beat or a run down Buzzards Bay, then leaving Nomans Land as you head out to sea, you will be off on one of the greatest sea routes on globe. Hopefully after fresh breezes and not too many 360’s, as you pass abeam the red and white Kitchen Shoal tower on your way to the finish, you will realize the incredible accomplishment you have made with your fellow crewmembers, regardless whether it’s your first Bermuda Race or your 15th; and you will have well deserved it!

Fair Winds, Safe Voyage and Sail Fast,

Jack Gierhart, Commodore
Beverly Yacht Club


Blue Water Sailing Club

Aedan Gleeson, Commodore

Happy Birthday

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It’s an honor to be your commodore for 2017 in a year when so much happening. This will be the 21th Marion-Bermuda Race – it’s come of age. It’s been 40 years (1977) since the 1st Marian-Bermuda Race. This year will be especially exciting as Bermuda is hosting the America’s Cup. The America’s Cup Match will be between June 17th to June 27th. This is a great time for Blue Water Sailing Club members, to participate in the 21st Marion Bermuda Race in their own boats or as crew.

The starting date for the Marion Bermuda Race has been brought forward to Friday, June 9th, this will allow participating boats and crew to experience the start of the America’s Cup Finals, and have front row seats, if they so wish. What a great 21st birthday present!

Since 1959, BWSC has been organizing summer cruises to Maine, New Brunswick, Grand Manan, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the Islands, seminars in the winter months covering topics such as rigging, engine and electronic systems, as well as cruises overseas.

One of Blue Water Sailing Club’s most prominent organizational contributions to the Marion Bermuda Race is the “Safety-At-Sea” Symposium, held every two years, which coincides with the Marion-Bermuda Race year. The Symposium is a must and very well attended with 350+ participating.

The Marion Bermuda Race Organizing Committee and volunteers from the three host clubs: Beverly Yacht Club, Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and the Blue Water Sailing Club make this event one of the true premier blue water races in international waters.

On behalf of Board of Governors and members of the Blue Waters Sailing Club, a very big thank you to all the organizers and volunteers for all the work they do in keeping this event to the fore of world class races.

Good Luck and have fun.

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable sail in the Marion Bermuda Race.

Aedan Gleeson, Commodore
Blue Water Sailing Club


Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club

Willie Forbes, Commodore

rhadclogoWith the enthusiastic support of our Flag Officers, Club Officers, Members and Staff here at the RHADC it is with great pleasure that I write this welcome for the 2019 Marion To Bermuda Yacht Race. Our long association with the Beverly Yacht Club and The Blue Water Sailing Club began in 1977 and has resulted in 42 years of close personal friendships, excitement, enjoyment and a record of experiences that have enriched our three Clubs bonding us together via the sea that directly connects us. We are very much looking forward to welcoming old and new friends to the RHADC once again in 2019!

With the wonderful Americas Cup having now passed on to Auckland, Bermuda continues to be the perfect destination for an ocean challenge between friends. Whether you race on the sea or fly in to support, turquoise waters, bright colours, sun, sparkle and the friendliness of Bermuda will greet you. All of us at the RHADC will provide you with a safe and comfortable haven at the end of your race and the cheer of a Dark N’ Stormy!

Our organizing committees, management, staff and many members and volunteers, are preparing a welcome for you which will include our central and convenient location, a berth in our marina, our new Boat House and facilities, our new kitchen and fine food, and daily activities culminating with our prize giving and gala dinner. I am grateful to all our team for their hard work, commitment, shared joy for our yacht race and the events surrounding it. We will strive to make Bermuda a wonderful memory for you.

Good luck to you all, safe and smooth sailing, safe travels and lots of fun!

Willie Forbes, Commodore
Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club