Marion Bermuda Race Adopts 2013 Rules Changes

The Marion Bermuda Race organization has recently adopted significant changes designed to make this biennial offshore yacht race more accessible than ever before. According to a press release, the new initiatives are designed to “invite broader participation and position the race to remain the prestigious offshore yacht race event that is has been since 1977.”

Changes include:

  • Vessel Size Limits increased from 80’ to 100’ LOA
  • A New Division with unrestricted sail inventory
  • Symmetrical Spinnakers and Spinnaker Poles permitted
  • Traditional Sail Training/Classic Yacht Division added

In making this announcement Allan McLean, Executive Director Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Association, said, “We recognize the sum of these changes is significant, however each change was considered individually and stands on its own merits. These changes reflect the Race organization’s ongoing commitment to evolve with the sport of offshore sailboat racing and recognition of a desire by some potential entrants to participate in a way that was previously prohibited. 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 that accompanies this Race.”

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