2019 Marion Bermuda Wrap up
Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) BERMUDA, June 23, 2019: The 2019 Marion Bermuda Race is in the books. 39 Founders Division entries and two Classic Division boats lined up for their starts in Buzzards Bay on Friday June 14. One of the classics failed to start, but sailed with the fleet heading south in Buzzards Bay for the finish in Bermuda and the hospitality of the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club.
The race started with a gusty beat out of Buzzard’s Bay. Some boats like Riley family’s scratch boat Kiwi Spirit suffered gear failures in the 30-knot gusts. The tack of their mainsail blew out and they had to sail the rest of the race with shortened sail. Kiwi Spirit was first to finish but was off the podium on handicap in class and finished 37, second to last, in fleet.
On the course, one yacht— Mahinia Kai, an Oyster 54 skippered by Arthur Haubner and Arthur Auclair of Salem NH— withdrew with a steering malfunction. They headed back to Newport RI.
Tabor Boy — Bermuda By the Stars
Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) BERMUDA, June 22, 2019: James Geil, Master of Tabor Boy, Tabor Academy’s 92-foot iron schooner, was ecstatic about the outcome of the boat’s first Marion Bermuda Race. Will Tabor Boy come back for Marion Bermuda 2021?
“Absolutely!” Captain Geil said. “We will block of this window of time for that… Absolutely, Absolutely.” The next race is scheduled to start June 18, 2021.
Tabor Boy and the Bermuda tall ship Spirit of Bermuda were both entered in the Classic Division of the 2019 race, the third Marion race for Spirit and first of any of the Bermuda races for Tabor Boy. In the past, Spirit had raced alone and this was expected to be a classic match. However, Spirit failed to cross the starting line in Marion, so the black and red Bermuda sloop was an automatic Did Not Start… DNS.
Tabor Boy won the match and is flying the Classic Division’s ‘Coming Home’ Banner back home to Marion, signifying her victory.
Cordelia - Racing with Roy and Gail
Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) BERMUDA, June 20, 2019: What’s it like racing offshore with Roy and Gail Greenwald on Cordelia, the overall winner of the 2019 Marion Bermuda Race? In a champagne cork-popping get-together in the cockpit of the 42 foot Valiant double ender, crewmate Daniel Begg pegged it.
“Awe, Man!" Begg quipped, “It’s just a lot of fun. They do a lot of work. They are really dedicated. It’s just an honor to watch it in motion, to be a part of it wherever you can and take direction when needed. Stay quiet and watch them dance.”
(Laughter from the the Greenwalds and Dana Oviatt, Cordelia’s other crew member)
“I’m serious,” Begg says. “They work very well together. They have their roles. They stick to it. They trust each other and they trust us. It’s awesome.”
Roy Greenwald added, “We’ve put 40,000 miles on Cordelia. We’ve been across both oceans so we kinda know the boat.”
Roy is skipper and Gail is navigator. Of their roles in the dance Roy says, “I make the boat go fast. Gail tells me where to go.”