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Slow going for Marion Bermuda Race

Published on June 12th, 2017

(June 12, 2017; Day 4) – The light winds experienced by the America’s Cup challengers today were also felt by the leaders of the Marion Bermuda Race.

The top 11 boats on the line honors Leaderboard were showing a distance to go within 10 miles of each other this morning but doing only 1.2 recent VMG [velocity made good] to the finish in Bermuda.

While the front of the 47-boat fleet was parked, the back of the fleet enjoyed better winds before hitting the brakes.

Boats to the north were enjoying better breeze by the afternoon with the fleet leader, the Hinckley Southwestern 51 Kiva, 193.5 nm from the finish as of 1900 EDT.

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Background: The first Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race in 1977 saw 104 starters cross the line. Over the forty years since that first race the race has evolved into a true offshore challenge for cruising yachts, amateur, family and youth sailors. Special prizes abound to emphasis celestial navigation, short handed sailing. Family crews and regional competition. The race is handicapped under the ORR rating system to assure the fairest scoring available for ocean racing yachts.

Source: Talbot Wilson

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