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Kiwi Spirit leads Marion Bermuda Race

Published on June 16th, 2019

(June 16, 2019) – After a windy start on June 14 for the 39 teams in the Marion Bermuda Race, only the Oyster 54 Mahina Kai is no longer on the 645nm course. Scratch boat, the Farr 63 Kiwi Spirit, leads the fleet on elapsed and corrected time with 228nm remaining (as of 1700 EDT) and is expected to finish tomorrow evening.

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Background: The 2019 race is the 22nd Marion Bermuda Race and the 42nd year for the 645-mile open ocean challenge for cruiser type yachts.

The first Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race in 1977 saw 104 starters cross the line. Over the forty-two 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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