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.
“Selkie” big winner in Marion Bermuda 40th Anniversary Race
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.