Leaders finish Marion Bermuda Race
Published on June 18th, 2019
(June 18, 2019; Day 5) – The Farr 63 Kiwi Spirit skippered by Jonathan Riley (above) led the fleet across the finish line today to take elapsed honors in the 2019 Marion Bermuda Race, completing the 645nm course in 3d 13h 25m 13s. Eight of the 37 boats have finished as of 17:00 EDT including corrected time leaders Abigail (BB-52, Class A), Gallant (Navy 44, Class B), and Pinnacle (Tartan 4100, Class C).
Background: The 22nd Marion Bermuda Race and the 42nd year for the 645-mile open ocean challenge attracted 39 teams for the 2019 edition on June 14.
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.