The countdown is on for the 21st running of the Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race from Massachusetts to Bermuda. And after finishing the 645-mile course, competitors can stick around for the America’s Cup competition.
The Marion-Bermuda race, held every two years since 1977, begins on June 9, 2017. Cruising yachts from about 32 feet to more than 100 feet have participated in past races that typically draw dozens of vessels. The 2015 competition, for instance, had 46 entries.
The event features several “races within the race” that offer prizes for different categories of sailors such as family crews, all-female crews and crews consisting mostly of young sailors, among others. Volunteers from Beverly Yacht Club, the Blue Water Sailing Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club organize and run the race.
America’s Cup racing will coincide with Marion racers arriving in Bermuda.
Courtesy America’s Cup
Next year’s race dates were set to allow competitors to watch the America’s Cup sailing competition in Bermuda after finishing the race from Marion. Special packages and accommodations are available through the America’s Cup Event Authority.