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Beverly Yacht Club

Daniel J. Cooney, Commodore

bycburgeeSince 1977 the Beverly Yacht Club has enjoyed the honor of co - hosting the Marion Bermuda Race, a premier ocean race. The Officers, Council, members and staff of the Beverly Yacht Club warmly welcome you to our Club and to the Town of Marion and we shall do our best to make the 2017 Marion Bermuda Race a fun and memorable experience for you and your crew.

The Beverly Yacht Club was created in 1872 by an enthusiastic group of yachtsmen with the sole purpose of promoting racing and good fellowship among its members. Throughout the 145 year history of the Club, we have maintained that focus and it is just as strong today as it was 145 years ago. The BYC races five days a week between May and September initiating over three hundred starts. This doesn’t include regional, national and international events that take place each summer. Skippers and crew of both large and small boats can find a venue within our schedule to test their skill. Each week well over one hundred boats will find their way to the starting line.

The BYC also understands the importance of passing down this great pastime to our young people. From the opti kids just learning the joy of being around boats and on the water, to serious C420 racing teens competing in regatta’s every week as part of the advanced racing program. BYC members, many graduates of our Junior Program, have competed in and brought trophies and medals home from World Championships, the Olympic Games and numerous National Championships.

Scores of our members are adventurous cruisers and offshore racers and since its inception have always competed in the Marion Bermuda Race. I was an in-harbor “official messenger” as a kid in my thirteen foot Boston Whaler in Marion for the first race in 1977 and it’s been a huge privilege to have participated as crew in eight races since 1987.

The 2017 Race is the culmination of a tremendous amount of work by the Marion Bermuda Race Organizing Committee and the legion of volunteers from the three host clubs: Beverly Yacht Club, Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and the Blue Water Sailing Club. The organizers deserve a huge thank you for their time and effort in putting this event together and managing the Race at the very highest level.

Whether it’s a beat or a run down Buzzards Bay, then the rounding of the Sow and Pigs buoy as you head out to sea, you will be off on a great adventure. A few days hence, as you pass abeam the red and white Kitchen Shoals tower on your way to the finish, a wave of satisfaction will flood your senses, whether it’s your first Bermuda Race or your 16th; and you will have well deserved it!

Fair Winds and Sail Fast,

Daniel J. Cooney, Commodore
Beverly Yacht Club


Blue Water Sailing Club

Aedan Gleeson, Commodore

Happy Birthday

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It’s an honor to be your commodore for 2017 in a year when so much happening. This will be the 21th Marion-Bermuda Race – it’s come of age. It’s been 40 years (1977) since the 1st Marian-Bermuda Race. This year will be especially exciting as Bermuda is hosting the America’s Cup. The America’s Cup Match will be between June 17th to June 27th. This is a great time for Blue Water Sailing Club members, to participate in the 21st Marion Bermuda Race in their own boats or as crew.

The starting date for the Marion Bermuda Race has been brought forward to Friday, June 9th, this will allow participating boats and crew to experience the start of the America’s Cup Finals, and have front row seats, if they so wish. What a great 21st birthday present!

Since 1959, BWSC has been organizing summer cruises to Maine, New Brunswick, Grand Manan, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the Islands, seminars in the winter months covering topics such as rigging, engine and electronic systems, as well as cruises overseas.

One of Blue Water Sailing Club’s most prominent organizational contributions to the Marion Bermuda Race is the “Safety-At-Sea” Symposium, held every two years, which coincides with the Marion-Bermuda Race year. The Symposium is a must and very well attended with 350+ participating.

The Marion Bermuda Race Organizing Committee and volunteers from the three host clubs: Beverly Yacht Club, Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and the Blue Water Sailing Club make this event one of the true premier blue water races in international waters.

On behalf of Board of Governors and members of the Blue Waters Sailing Club, a very big thank you to all the organizers and volunteers for all the work they do in keeping this event to the fore of world class races.

Good Luck and have fun.

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable sail in the Marion Bermuda Race.

Aedan Gleeson, Commodore
Blue Water Sailing Club


Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club

Neil Redburn, Commodore

rhadclogoIt gives me enormous pleasure on behalf of my fellow Flag Officers, Club Officers and members to welcome you all to this edition of the Marion – Bermuda Yacht Race. Our long association with Beverly Yacht Club and The Blue Water Sailing Club began in 1977 and there are numerous stories to be told, experiences recorded and lifelong friendships made. We are very much looking forward to welcoming old and new friends to RHADC in June, 2017.

Of course, the eyes of the sailing world will be on Bermuda in 2017 with the J Class Regatta, The Red Bull Youth Americas Cup, The Tall Ships, The Louis Vuitton Series and of course The Americas Cup finals themselves. The 2017 Marion – Bermuda Yacht Race fits right into this schedule and is timed to allow racers to arrive at RHADC ahead of the finals, and then stay on  to witness this once in a lifetime event.

Our organizing committees, management and staff are preparing a raft of activities including hosting the MBR prize giving. My personal thanks go out to all of them for their efforts to ensure the success of the race and the events surrounding it. We plan to do everything we can to make your journey and stay in Bermuda enjoyable. We also know that you will make many new friends and we hope these friendships will encourage you to participate in future races or simply to visit Bermuda again. Good luck to everyone, safe travels and, of course, be sure you make it fun.

Fair winds,

Neil Redburn, Commodore
Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club