|The Beverly Yacht Club (“BYC”)||Marion, Massachusetts|
|The Blue Water Sailing Club (“BWSC”)||Boston, Massachusetts|
|The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (“RHADC”)||Paget, Bermuda|
Since its inception in 1977, the Marion Bermuda Race (“MBR”) has been a Corinthian event. The spirit of the race is that all yachts and crew are participating for the joy and pleasure of sailing, competition, and the camaraderie that accompanies such an offshore event.
The race provides an opportunity for cruising yachts and amateur crews to participate in an ocean race and a rendezvous in Bermuda. It encourages the development of blue water sailing skills on seaworthy yachts that can be handled safely offshore with limited crew. Yachts must apply for acceptance.
The Marion Bermuda Race is categorized as an Ocean Race as defined in US Sailing’s United States Safety Equipment Requirements & World Sailing’s Offshore Special Regulations Governing Offshore Racing for Monohulls & Multihulls. It is a long-distance race, well offshore, where rescue may be delayed.
The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (“RRS”), including the U.S. Sailing prescriptions, except as modified herein or by the Sailing Instructions.
The Marion Bermuda Race Safety Requirements (“MBRSR”) revised August 1, 2018 and the Offshore Racing Association Offshore Racing Rule (“ORR”) shall apply to all Founder’s and Big Yacht division boats. Links to web sites containing these rules and other relevant information can be found on the MBR website - Official Documents.
The current International Superyacht Rule (“ISYR”) and the current MBRSR shall apply to all boats entered in the Classic Yachts division. For this division only, a yacht’s compliance with World Sailing OSR Category 1 (with satellite phone) or the safety rules and regulations that apply to the boat by virtue of her flag or Classification Society are an acceptable alternative to the MBRSR where such rules conflict.
This document changes the RRS of Part 2 and RRS 41 (Outside Help), 44 (Penalties at the time of an incident), 52 (Manual Power), 64.1(a), 77 and Appendix G (Identification on Sails) as follows:
Between the times of local sunset and sunrise, RRS Part 2, WHEN BOATS MEET, will be replaced with Part B, Steering and Sailing Rules of the Navigation Rules International - Inland (commonly called 72 COLREGS). When yachts meet between local sunset and sunrise, for the purposes of keeping clear, they should act with the expectation that if they come within two of the longer yacht’s overall lengths of each other, the jury will conclude that the right-of-way yacht needed to take avoiding action and that the other yacht was not keeping clear.
RRS 41 (OUTSIDE HELP) will be changed to add “e) Help in the form of information freely available to all boats even if that information is only accessible at a cost. However, such “at a cost” help shall not include private forecast or tactical advice or information customized for a particular boat or group of boats and/or her/their situation.”
RRS 44.1 (b) (PENALTIES AT THE TIME OF AN INCIDENT) will be changed to read as follows: “If a boat causes injury or serious damage or gains a significant advantage in the race by her breach of a rule, her penalty shall be to retire. The Compliance Committee and the Protest Committee may impose suitable penalties other than disqualification, including time penalties, for breaches of a rule.” This also changes 64.1 (a).
RRS 52 (Manual Power) shall not apply (as per ORR 4.08) In addition mechanical or electro-mechanical steering devises are permitted but not required.
RRS 77 and Appendix G1.1(b) and G2 (IDENTIFICATION ON SAILS) shall be changed such that national letters, e.g. USA or BER, are not required.
The Sailing Instructions may also change other racing rules.
Breaches of the Marion Bermuda Race Safety Requirements (NoR 1.2), Registration (NoR 7), certain communications rules contained in the Sailing Instructions (e.g. transponders and AIS use) and RRS 55 (Trash Disposal) will not be grounds for protests by a yacht. This changes RRS 60.1(a). Class assignments will not be grounds for protests or requests for redress by yachts. This changes RRS 60.1(a) and 60.1(b).
The Official Notice Board will be online at MBR website - Official Documents. Rules documents will be posted on the Official Notice Board. Additionally, there will be an Official Notice Board on the porch at BYC and on the television monitors in the bar at RHADC.
In this document and in the Sailing Instructions, the word “skipper” refers to the “person in charge” according to RRS 46.
All yachts must apply for entry.
Applications are submitted using the online system accessible on the MBR website.
Acceptance may be awarded by the OA to yachts and crews documenting the following requirements on the application:
Yacht: Yachts must be seaworthy monohulls appropriate for a Category 1 (ocean) race as defined in Section 1.0.1 the US Safety Equipment Requirements (“USSER”) between 32-feet and 100-feet length on deck (LOD) (exclusive of spars or projections fixed to the hull such as bowsprits or pulpits) with fixed or lifting keels, immovable ballast, an enclosed head, and an enclosed cabin fitted out for comfortable cruising, including permanent bunks, a permanently installed and enclosed toilet, a dining table and permanently installed cooking facilities suitable for use at sea. Canting keels and moveable ballast are not permitted. A yacht with a canting keel and/or movable ballast may apply for entry if the designer will attest that the keel and/or ballast can be made immobile without adversely affecting the safety and stability of the yacht and/or if the suitability of the yacht is approved by the Acceptance Committee. Yachts will be, in the judgement of the Acceptance Committee, of a design of demonstrated seaworthiness and appropriate for a long distance, well offshore ocean race.
Skipper and Crew
Fee: The entry fee is paid through the online system. (See NoR 4.1 and 4.2)
The race will be divided into three divisions:
The Founder’s Division is for yachts between 32 and 80 feet LOD that wish to race with a cruising sail inventory:
The Big Yacht Division is for yachts between 80 and 100 feet LOD that wish to race with a full inventory of sails:
The Classic Yacht Division is for classic yachts and reproductions of classic yachts. Classic Yachts must have
Founder’s Division Races within the Race: There are several “races within the race” which require entry for a yacht to be eligible for the appropriate special prize or trophy. The races are the Family Race, the Offshore Youth Challenge, the Double Handed Race, the Short-handed Race, the All Female Crew Race and the Team Race. Election to enter any of these races except the Team Race must be made on or before Wednesday, June 5, 2019. An application to compete for the Team Prize must be submitted on or before June 10, 2019. See Attachment B - Prizes for details of these races.
The skipper must be a member of their national yacht racing authority, such as US Sailing or the Bermuda Yachting Association.
The race is open to all World Sailing Group Classifications that are fully in keeping with the spirit of the race. (See Race Description.) Questions about crew eligibility will be referred directly to the Acceptance Committee before the committee will extend an invitation to enter the race.
Direct or indirect remuneration beyond covering direct expenses and simple remembrances to a captain or crew for the express purpose of participating in this race is specifically prohibited.
For Founder“s and Big Boat Division yachts only, if a yacht has a regular full-time paid captain or crew member, this one person is allowed on the yacht during the race but shall take no active part in sailing, steering or navigating the yacht unless there is an emergency. The full-time paid captain or crew may act as cook and perform yacht maintenance. Any participation of the paid captain or crew in sailing, steering, or navigating the yacht during the race must be fully described in the yacht’s Certificate of Compliance.
Prior to April 15, 2019:
The entry fee is $950 for yacht and skipper ($1100 after April 15, 2019) plus $50 for each additional crew member.
The entry fee for a service academy or .edu defined organization’s yacht and skipper is $475 ($550 after April 15, 2019) plus $50 for each additional crew member.
When the entry fee is received, the yacht will be considered for acceptance by the Acceptance Committee. Once an entry has been accepted, the entry fee is non-refundable. In the event that an entry is not accepted, the entry fee will be returned promptly.
The entry fee includes:
Online registration closes on June 5, 2019 and all information required on the entry forms including a complete crew list must be completed by then. Early registration is encouraged. Registration documents may be completed prior to payment of the Entry Fee.
As a condition of entry,
The skipper must electronically sign the Race Waiver required by the online registration system.
The skipper and each crew member must electronically sign the Release of Liability required by the online registration system,
The skipper must submit electronically or in hard copy an MBR Equipment Inspection Checklist, signed by an inspector, indicating that the yacht has passed inspection.
The OA will limit the number of entries to 100 boats. A wait list will be formed once the maximum number of entries has been reached. Yachts on the wait list will be allocated an entry as and when they become available.
All yachts in the Founders and Big Yacht Divisions must have a current Off-Shore Racing Rule (ORR) handicap certificate that may be based upon either full or partial measurement. The OA will obtain handicaps directly from US Sailing. A yacht must have her ORR rating certified by US Sailing before June 5, 2019.
Classic Division yachts must have a current ISYR rating. The OA will obtain handicaps directly from the ORA/ISYR Management team. A yacht must have her rating certified by the ORA/ISYR Management team before June 5, 2019.
All yachts shall meet the Marion Bermuda Race Safety Requirements. A Classic Yacht’s compliance with World Sailing OSR Category 1 (with satellite phone) or the safety rules and regulations that apply to the boat by virtue of her flag or Classification Society are an acceptable alternative to the MBRSR where such rules conflict.
At least 30% but not fewer than two members of the crew, including the Person-In-Charge and Navigator or a Watch Captain shall have completed a one-day or two-day US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea Seminar. Any certificate obtained more than five (5) years prior to the start of the race or as a result of exclusively internet-based training will not be acceptable for the purposes of this paragraph.
At least two members of the crew must hold a US Sailing Sanctioned International Offshore Safety at Sea Course Certificate. For Double Handed yachts, both members shall hold a US Sailing Sanctioned International Offshore Safety at Sea Course Certificate. Any certificate shall be obtained within five (5) years prior to the start of the race.
All yachts must (1) request, (2) schedule and (3) pass a mandatory yacht inspection by a Race Inspector. The pre-race inspection must be completed by June 5, 2019.
All deficiencies noted in the inspection shall be corrected before a yacht is permitted to complete on-site registration in Marion. Having the yacht inspected well before the deadline is strongly recommended.
The Equipment Inspection Checklist and a list of authorized Inspectors will be available on the MBR website by September 13, 2018.
At the completion of the Race, each Skipper or Navigator must file a signed MBR Certificate of Compliance with the RHADC Duty Officer. A copy of the Certificate of Compliance will be posted on the website.
After the Race, a number of yachts, particularly prize candidates, will be inspected by the Compliance Committee Inspectors in Bermuda.
The following additional equipment is required to be on board:
The following consumables must be on board at the start:
All ordinary cruising gear, such as cabin tables and galley equipment, shall be on board and in its usual cruising position during the race.
Either the Skipper or the Navigator must complete the on-site registration process at BYC before 1400 on Thursday June 13 or pay a late registration fee of $200. The registration desk’s schedule is as follows:
In addition, yachts may register on Sunday June 9, 2019 or Monday June 10, 2019 by making an appointment well in advance with the Race Administrator.
At on-site registration, the Skipper or Navigator shall verify that
During the on-site registration, each yacht will receive the tracking transponder and instructions as to how and where it should be attached, the final copy of the Sailing Instructions, customs and immigration forms, and information about Bermuda.
Skippers’ Meeting: The Skipper and Navigator must attend the entire Skipper’s Meeting held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 1630. Failure to do so shall result in a penalty added to the yacht’s corrected time. The meeting will include briefings on weather, the Gulf Stream, and approaches to Bermuda. These briefings are the only ones sponsored by MBR. Up to two (2) other crew members are welcome to attend.
The Sailing Instructions will be available on the Official Notice Board on the Marion Bermuda website after April 29, 2019 and at on-site registration.
The first warning signal is scheduled for 1200 EDT on Friday, June 14, 2019.
Each yacht shall exercise her responsibility under RRS Fundamental Rule 4 and decide whether to start or to continue to race. (See the Preamble to this NoR.)
The Race will start in Buzzards Bay off Marion, Massachusetts and finish off St. David’s Head, Bermuda.
The Sailing Instructions will permit the Compliance Committee and the Protest Committee to grant time allowances and to assess time penalties in lieu of disqualification.
The OA will maintain a race and social schedule on the MBR website, including:
All Founder’s Division and Big Yacht Division yachts must have a current Off-Shore Racing Rule (ORR) handicap certificate that may be based upon either a full or partial measurement. The OA will obtain handicaps directly from US Sailing and will use a Time-on-Time rating customized for the Marion Bermuda Race.
Classic yachts must have a current ISYR rating certificate. Corrected time will be calculated using a Time Correction Factor calculated using the ISYR constructed rating method for the Marion Bermuda constructed course used in the ORR Division.
A yacht must have her ORR or ISYR rating certified before June 5, 2019. If she is late having her rating certified she may be subject to a finish time penalty. Skippers are encouraged to contact US Sailing for the yacht’s certified rating as early as possible.
A Founder’s Division yacht may choose to compete with no spinnaker, with a spinnaker attached on the centerline or with a spinnaker (asymmetric or symmetric) on a pole. A yacht may not choose to use both a centerline and poled spinnaker. The yacht’s choice must be declared on their entry form prior to June 5, 2019 and the yacht’s rating certificate must match this selection. If a yacht chooses to carry a spinnaker and a spare (see 2.4.1a), the dimensions of both must be submitted to US Sailing.
A yacht may elect to race using celestial navigation. If a yacht elects to be celestially navigated, she will receive a 3% favorable adjustment to her ORR or ISYR rating. This election must be made by June 5, 2019. See Attachment A for the details of the conditions that a yacht must meet to be considered a celestially navigated yacht.
Each division will have its own starting time. The OA reserves the right to further divide divisions into starting classes of similar performance characteristics based upon their ORR or ISYR rating. Each starting class will have its own stating time.
Each yacht must keep a log in a logbook and make entries at least once each watch. The log should show courses, distance made good and dead-reckoning (DR) positions. The logbook must be on paper and have a traditional format. The logbook must remain on board and be available for inspection in Bermuda by the Compliance Committee.
Each yacht shall carry a satellite voice and text communication device operable from below decks (if needed via external antenna). The system shall be left on during the race and a communications watch shall be kept and logged that shows the device was checked at least every two hours.
Each yacht shall demonstrate that the satellite communication system operates properly by having someone from the yacht’s crew place a satellite phone call to and receive a satellite phone call from the Offshore Communications Team. The best satellite communications connections are made when away from the electronic noise of a harbor at mid day. Consequently, the Offshore Communications Team will be available for the Communications registration daily beginning from 0900 to 1600 Saturday, June 8 until the end of registration. The number to call will be provided to the participating yachts prior to June 8.
The Marion Bermuda Race Safety Requirements and the Sailing Instructions will require yachts to do the following:
Professional weather routing services, professional Gulf Stream predicting services and other private communications for routing purposes are permitted prior to 1700 on the evening before the start of a yacht’s division and are prohibited after that time. This restriction also applies to yacht to yacht or yacht to shore transmissions for routing purposes.
Except for the above restriction, yachts may use any communication device including VHF, cell phone, satellite voice and text system or SSB. There are no restrictions on obtaining information over the internet provided that the information is in the public domain and is not specific to individual yachts.
Any information received from ashore via email, blogs, telephone, radio transmissions, etc., relating either to the yacht’s position or a competitor’s position is considered “assistance from the shore” and is prohibited by RRS 41.
Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, June 22, 2019. The time and place will be provided in the Sailing Instructions.
The BWSC Board of Governors Trophy will be awarded to the yacht from any division with the shortest elapsed time.
The Robert N. Bavier Seamanship-Sportsmanship Trophy may be awarded to any registered yacht in any Division at the discretion of the MCBYRA Trustees in recognition of truly outstanding seamanship or sportsmanship, independent of the yacht’s finishing position.
Commemorative bulkhead plaques will be awarded to each yacht that finishes the race.
See Attachment B for prizes that may be awarded in each division.
The safety of a yacht and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the Skipper who must must do their best to:
The Skipper’s responsibility is set forth herein, in the MBRSR, and on the entry forms, including the Skipper’s Waiver. Neither the establishment of the MBRSR, their use by race organizers, nor the inspection of a yacht under these Requirements in any way limits or reduces the complete and unlimited responsibility of the Person in Charge.
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. Neither the organizing authority (MBCYRA) nor the supporting organizations (BWSC, BYC and RHADC) bear any responsibility or liability for accidents, material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the race.
Media and Commercial Rights. Competitors shall acknowledge during online registration that the OA owns all media and commercial rights to the race. Competitors will further grant the OA unrestricted and perpetual right to use and publish any biographical information, text, and images arising in connection with the race. The OA will exercise these rights in its sole discretion or as it may agree with the race’s sponsors.
For further information and for all race related correspondence, including requirements for written notice or questions about the eligibility of your yacht, may be conducted by email addressed to the Race Administrator.
A yacht with a navigator skilled and experienced in celestial navigation at sea may elect to compete using celestial navigation. This election must be made on or before June 5, 2019.
Yachts that elect to compete using celestial navigation will be awarded a favorable 3.0% adjustment to their ORR rating. The adjustment will be calculated in the following manner:
Celestial ORR rating = (ORR rating * 0.97) rounded to 3 decimal places with a five in the fourth decimal place rounded up.
During the race a yacht’s location must be determined by traditional star, sun, planet or moon sights. Navigators of yachts competing using celestial navigation must at a minimum maintain, and have ready for inspection in Bermuda, a paper-based log of each sight (including body, date, time, and Ha), paper or electronic plotting sheets, and a paper chart showing fixes resulting from sights used for navigation. Most important will be the fix used to determine that the yacht was, or was not, within 50 NM of Kitchen Shoal beacon.
The Compliance Committee may ask a navigator to demonstrate how a particular fix on the chart was derived using the corresponding sight data.
The following electronic navigation devices may be used throughout the race:
Any electronic device aboard, including AIS, VHF radios, SSB radios, chartplotters and hand-held instruments that display or report position information must be placarded (covered from view) while the yacht is under celestial navigation. Placards are to be removed only in case of emergency. The existence and effectiveness of placards must be demonstrable to the Compliance Committee in Bermuda.
Viewing or downloading any information that can be used to derive the yacht’s position is strictly prohibited. Any yacht sailing in the Celestial Division that chooses or inadvertently receives position data from another vessel (including via AIS) shall log each such occasion and must state in the Certificate of Compliance that in no instance (other than an emergency) were the coordinates of that vessel recorded and or otherwise used to determine or infer the position of the yacht.
Downloading free, publicly available weather or ocean current information is allowed.
Electronic positioning devices, such as GPS, may be used within Buzzards Bay and out to 20 nautical miles from the tower on Nomans Island, and within 50 nautical miles of Kitchen Shoal beacon off Bermuda. If, on approach to Bermuda, a celestially-navigated yacht turns on a GPS or other electronic positioning system before finishing, she must determine and show on her Certificate of Compliance:
All uses of electronic positioning devices by a celestially navigated yacht must be fully documented and included in the yacht’s Certificate of Compliance.
If when approaching Bermuda the initial electronic fix places the yacht greater than 50 nautical miles from Kitchen Shoal beacon the Compliance Committee may impose a time penalty.
If the Compliance Committee determines that a yacht which elected to be navigated celestially has not complied with all other conditions the Committee shall impose a time penalty.
If a yacht which elected to be navigated celestially converts to electronic navigation during the race, she shall lose her 3.0% time bonus and a time penalty as determined by the Compliance Committee shall be imposed.
FOUNDER’S DIVISION: Prizes will be awarded to yachts based upon their ORR corrected time unless otherwise described. Corrected times will be adjusted for starting time and time credits or penalties at the decision of the Compliance Committee or the Protest Committee. Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the Race Committee.
|OVERALL TROPHIES: The following trophies will be awarded to yachts in the Founders Division regardless of their Starting Class.|
|Goslings Founders Trophy||The yacht with the best overall corrected time.|
|Beverly Yacht Club Polaris Trophy||First celestially navigated yacht.|
|Navigator’s Trophy||Navigator of the first celestially navigated yacht.|
|CLASS TROPHIES: The following trophies will be awarded in each starting class.|
|First, Second and Third Place Trophies||First, Second, and Third place based upon corrected time.|
|Cook’s Trophies||To the cook of the last yacht in each starting class to physically finish.|
|SPECIAL PRIZES AND TROPHIES: These prizes and trophies were established to foster competition in other ocean races designed for cruising yachts and between crews, teams, and yachts of similar design. These prizes and trophies will be awarded if there are three (3) or more yachts starting the Race in the category or at the discretion of the Race Committee.|
|L. Bryon Kingery, Jr. Memorial Trophy||First “short-handed” yacht, one with three (3) or four (4) people aboard. A regular full-time paid captain or crew member is not allowed on a short-handed yacht.|
|Double-Handed Trophy||First yacht with a crew of two (2) sailors. A regular full-time paid captain or crew member is not allowed on a double-handed yacht|
|Beverly Family Trophy||First “family-crewed” yacht. Beverly Family Trophy First “family-crewed” yacht has a crew of five (5) or more with all or all-but-one being members of a single household or single family. Persons related to a common grandparent and spouses of these will be considered “family.” A regular full time paid captain or crewmember is not allowed on a “family.” yacht.|
|Commodore Faith Paulsen Trophy||First yacht that is crewed entirely by females. A regular full-time paid captain or crew member on an all-female yacht must be female.|
|Offshore Youth Challenge Trophy||First “Youth” yacht has at least four (4) youths aboard with at least 66% of the crew qualified as youths. A youth sailor must be 16 years of age or older but not more than 23 years old by June 14, 2019. One or more adults at least 23 years old by June 14, 2019 must be onboard.|
|Kingman Yacht Center Team Trophy||Awarded to the established yacht club or sailing club whose team of three (3) yachts has the lowest combined corrected time. The club’s commodore must submit an application naming the yachts forming the team by Monday, June 10, 2019. The team whose three yachts have the lowest corrected time total will be declared the winner.|
|“Mini-class” Trophies||First yacht in each mini-class. When three (3) yachts of similar hull design or same manufacturer start the race, they may constitute a “mini-class,” regardless of their Skipper’s Starting Class.|
|Bartram Trophy||Best performance by a US service academy, maritime college or ROTC yacht.|
|Ancient Mariners Golden Teapot Trophy||Awarded to the crew having the highest average age who finishes the race.|
|Bermuda Ocean Cruising Yacht Trophy||Awarded to the Skipper who has the best finish in consecutive Marion-Bermuda and Newport-Bermuda Cruising Division Races.|
|Regional and Club Trophies: Awarded to yachts that have not received an Overall Trophy. Only one Regional or Club trophy will be awarded per yacht.|
|Adams Bowl||A New England yacht.|
|Deborah Anne Domenie Memorial||A New York, New Jersey or Connecticut yacht.|
|Naval Academy Trophy||A Chesapeake Bay yacht.|
|Corporation of Hamilton Trophy||A Bermuda yacht.|
|Town of Marion Trophy||A Buzzards Bay yacht.|
|Commodore’s Cup||A Blue Water Sailing Club yacht.|
|Bermuda Longtail Trophy||A Beverly Yacht Club yacht|
BIG BOAT DIVISION:
|Big Yacht Trophy||The yacht with the best corrected time.|
CLASSIC YACHT DIVISION:
|Captain Ed Williams Trophy||The vessel with the best corrected time.|
|Second and Third Place||The vessels with the second and third best corrected times.|