Beverly Yacht Club

Jack Gierhart, 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, the Town of Marion and the waters of Buzzards Bay. We shall do our best to make the 2019 Marion Bermuda Race a fun, safe and memorable experience for you and your crew.

The Beverly Yacht Club was established in 1872 by an enthusiastic group of yachtsmen with the sole purpose of promoting racing and good fellowship among its members. Throughout the 147 year history of the Club, we have maintained that focus and it is just as strong today as it was 147 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 the Olympic Games, World Championships, 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 sailed my first Marion Bermuda race at 16 and it’s been a huge privilege to have participated as crew in seven races since 1981.

The 2019 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 leaving Nomans Land as you head out to sea, you will be off on one of the greatest sea routes on globe. Hopefully after fresh breezes and not too many 360’s, as you pass abeam the red and white Kitchen Shoal tower on your way to the finish, you will realize the incredible accomplishment you have made with your fellow crewmembers, regardless whether it’s your first Bermuda Race or your 15th; and you will have well deserved it!

Fair Winds, Safe Voyage and Sail Fast,

Jack Gierhart, Commodore
Beverly Yacht Club


Blue Water Sailing Club

Stephen Ricci, Commodore

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2019 marks the 60th year since a group of enthusiastic New England sailors founded our club for the purpose of extending their cruising ranges, encouraging the development of sailing skill, and enjoying our sport in the company of friends. Eighteen years later some of these same members together with those of the Royal Hamilton Dinghy Club and the Beverly Yacht Club conceived the idea of the Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race to preserve a Corinthian spirit of competitive sailing on the open sea. The race is now recognized as one of the true premier blue water events in international waters and 2019 will see its 22nd running; effectively managed by 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.

This is a great time for Blue Water Sailing Club members to participate in their own boats or as crew. As we start to think of wrapping up our current season it’s the right time to begin preparations. The rewards of participation start with the camaraderie among crewmates and fellow competitors and a well earned sense of accomplishment. For the owner there is additionally increased confidence in yourself and your boat having both been thoroughly readied for offshore passages.

One of Blue Water Sailing Club’s most prominent contributions to the Marion Bermuda Race is the running the “Safety-At-Sea” Symposium, held every two years several months before the race with typically 350+ participating. The syllabus has been revised to bring MBR certification in line with newer US Sailing certification with more extensive hands on sessions in addition there will expanded medical, Marion Bermuda specific weather sessions, and more reflecting the friends and family orientation of the race.

The Blue Water Sailng Club organizes summer cruises to Maine, New Brunswick, occasionally Newfoundland as well as local waters from Gloucester to Cape Cod and the Islands, and west to New York City. These are cruises with destinations and routes attuned to sailboats and their crews. Shorter weekend events and rendezvous fill out the sailing season while during the winter months, seminars cover topics such as rigging, engine and electronic systems, provisioning as well as cruises overseas.

On behalf of Board of Governors and members of the Blue Waters Sailing Club, I wish good luck, safe sailing and lots of fun to all the competitors.

Stephen Ricci, Commodore
Blue Water Sailing Club


Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club
2021 Marion to Bermuda Race – Welcoming Letter

Elspeth A. Weisberg, Commodore

rhadclogoAs I sit down to write this letter, with happy memories of previous Marion to Bermuda races, of the hospitality of the Beverly Yacht Club and the friendships in Marion that all of us at RHADC have established over the years, I cannot help but think about all the people at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, in Crosshaven, Ireland. Why? The RCYC is the oldest yacht club in the world; it was established in 1720 and this year is their 300th Anniversary. They were due to have a big summer of anniversary celebrations with several European and World Championships as part of their bi-annual Cork Week regatta which has been in the planning practically from the day that the 2018 Cork Week ended. When I was there in 2016 for Cork Week, they were already all talking about the 300th Anniversary and “hope you’ll come back for that” was said by every member that we came into contact with.

So why am I thinking of them (and every other 2020 regatta organizer) now? Well, because none of those events are happening and I write this with a prayer that by 2021 and the 23rd running of the Marion Bermuda Race, the COVID-19 pandemic will be behind us. Will life return to what was then normal? I doubt it. However, what I have no doubt about is that the members of the three organizing clubs of the 2021 Marion Bermuda Race will rise to whatever challenges are thrown our way and will do whatever it takes to make the 2021 race a success.

Hopefully, with very little racing in 2020, and with both the Annapolis to Bermuda and the Newport to Bermuda races having been cancelled, the Marion Bermuda Race will attract sailors who may not have considered racing to Bermuda in 2021 and we intend to ensure that if they do, they become ‘hooked’ and will return again in future years. We very much look forward to welcoming all sailors, old friends and new ones, to Bermuda in 2021.

Elspeth A. Weisberg, Commodoreweisberg
Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club