The crew of the Jambi celebrate their victory in the 2017 Marion to Bermuda race.
Great Sound, Bermuda – Helmsman Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand has won the right to avenge their heartbreaking defeat to Oracle Team USA four years ago in San Francisco. Racing began under difficult conditions because of the lack of wind thus. This forced the race to be abandoned when the 25-minute was reached. The Kiwi’s had a lead at the time of the abandonment over Artemis Racing of Sweden.
Great Sound, Bermuda – The most decorated Olympic sailor in history will no longer be sailing in the 35th America’s Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand led by Peter Burling made sure that Sir Ben Ainsle of Landrover BAR would not be moving on to the Louis Vuitton Challenger Finals. Team New Zealand had two wins in three starts to reach the magical 5 points needed to advance.
Emirates team New Zealand now waits for the winner of the Artemis Team Sweden and Softbank Japan winner. The day started with Artemis Team Sweden down 3-1 to Softbank Japan and their experienced helmsman Dean Barker. But faced with elimination, Nathan Outteridge and Artemis swept the day giving them a 4-3 lead and placing them just one win away from a punched ticket to face Emirates Team New Zealand.
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Great Sound Bermuda – The wildest day on the water at the 35th America’s Cup had several boats damaged and one even capsized. Emirates Team New Zealand was looking to win its 4th straight against Land Rover BAR when their boat dipped into the sound and capsized at the start line. The Kiwis were hoping to go up 4-0 on LandRover BAR as they race to five points. The dramatic turn of events keeps LandRover BAR, who couldn’t finish a race a day prior, back in the game.
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Quarterfinals are now in the books as Oracle Team USA wins the series and gets an all important point when they face the challenger for the America’s Cup. Oracle Team USA will now wait and train as they await the remainder of the playoffs to see who will make it to the finals.
Bermuda – The 35th America’s Cup features all boats in the water during the Quarterfinals. Oracle Team USA, who has a guaranteed spot in the final round, looks to face-off against all of the challengers vying for the oldest trophy in International Sport.
The 40th anniversary of the Marion to Bermuda begins on June 9th from Marion, Massachusetts. This special anniversary edition will also be special because the 35th America’s Cup will be underway in Bermuda. This year’s race has a record number of boats, with nearly 250 already signed up.
It all began in 1975 for the Marion to Bermuda Race. W. David Kingery was very busy with various sailing activities. He was a member of the Beverly Yacht Club, on the Board of Governors of the Blue Water Sailing Club, and interested in doing a single-handed race from England to Newport. To qualify for the race, David chose to do a single-handed voyage to Bermuda and on this trip was struck with the concept of organizing a race to Bermuda for cruising yachts and family sailors.
Having successfully completed the Bermuda trip, he discussed his idea with Dickie Bird of the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and then with Leo Fallon, Commodore of the Blue Water Sailing Club, and with various members of the Beverly Yacht Club. Support was promised from all three clubs; the 1977 Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race began with supporting clubs at each end and an additional staff of enthusiastic volunteers from the Blue Water Sailing Club. The first Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race in 1977 saw 104 starters cross the line. The going was slow in light southwesterly winds and most of the expectant officials at the finish line thought CHEE CHEE would cross first. But her position was not accurate and SILKIE appeared to take line honors, first on corrected time and first short-handed.