As part of a new partnership with the Marion Bermuda Race, Ocean Navigator has been serving as a clearinghouse for celestial navigators and boat owners wanting contact with each other. We have been happily buried by correspondence, mostly from eligible navigators. This means either that boats are already staffed by competent celestial navigators or, more likely, that a large number of boats are sailing in the electronic class.
Race administrator Faith Paulson allowed that many boats are opting for electronic navigation, but also that celestial is still a strong category.
The Marion Bermuda Race is considered a Class 1 race by the Offshore Racing Council and follows the Americap handicapping system. The next race begins June 18. Entry fee is $595 per boat. The family-style race does not allow the use of spinnakers.
Contact race organizers at 508-748-2001 or visit the web site at www.MarionBermuda.com., which is also linked to this magazine’s new web site: www.OceanNaviga-tor.com.