Finishers arrive in Marion Bermuda Race
Published on June 14th, 2017
(June 14, 2017; Day 6) – Jambi, a new Hinckley Bermuda 50 skippered by John Levinson, crossed the finish line off St. David’s Lighthouse at 12:47:00 ADT to take line honors in the 40th Anniversary Marion Bermuda Race.
Jambi had an unofficial elapsed time of 4 days 23 hours 36 minutes 11 seconds. Based on her starting time of 12:55 EDT on June 9, that is 118 hours 52 minutes and 11 Seconds.
“There was no wind for most of the race,” Levinson said. “The beginning and the end were fantastic” with good wind then. “Total calm and then nice wind, total calm, nice wind… not rough weather.”
“We saw a lot of boats every day,” a crewmate chimed in. “The race started over again every day.”
“The best thing on the race,” Levinson said, “was moving ahead at night because it happened a bunch of times. Boats would catch up during the day then we would do it again. We worked hard at night.”
Peter Bacon’s Xp44 Lucy Georgina finished second at 13:09:48 EDT with an elapsed time of 5 days 14 minutes 48 seconds or 120 hours 14 minutes 48 Seconds.
The fleet was still clustered together along the Rhumb line to Bermuda from Marion with a majority of the fleet expected to finish tonight and with a few to arrive tomorrow morning.
PHOTO: John Levinson (Center) and crew show off their Line Honors banner at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club. Photo by Talbot Wilson.
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