Organizers of the biennial Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race have enacted a number of changes for 2013 in an effort to broaden its appeal, at the same time maintaining the Corinthian spirit that has been a hallmark of the event since its founding in 1977.
Among the changes are an increase in the size limit from 80 feet to 100 feet LOA, and the inclusion of symmetrical spinnakers and spinnaker poles. Organizers of the 645-mile race have also created a new class with an unrestricted sail inventory, a “traditional sail training” division, and a “Founders Division,” which retains the original restrictions on sail inventory and all-amateur crews.
“We recognize the sum of these changes is significant; however, each change was considered individually and stands on its own merits,” says race director Allan McLean. “The changes broaden eligibility for participation, while maintaining the Corinthian spirit of the race, focused on family and fun, with captains and crew participating for the joy and pleasure of sailing, competition and the camaraderie.”
For more on this year’s Marion-Bermuda, which starts June 14, visit marionbermuda.com.
Photo courtesy of Marion Bermuda/Fran Grenon/Spectrum Photo