A Close Race and a New Course Record

A Briand 76--Lilla--sets a new course record in the 645 mile Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race.

Marion Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda - June 22, 2011. More than half the fleet has made it into the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and is celebrating their race to Bermuda.

The big story of the race is LILLA (Class A), a Briand 76 (Skipper Simon Di Pietro) who set the Marion Bermuda Race course record with an elapsed time of 68:58:45 and a corrected time of 71:48:26. Previous course record was 72 hours. With a crew of 12 multinational crew members hailing from as far and wide as Ireland and South Africa, they enjoyed quite a romp to the onion patch, making 10's and 11's consistently, with top speeds reaching 13.5.

De Pietro's Class 'A' entry started the race at 1:30pm EDT from Buzzard's Bay Marion, Massachusetts last Friday and officially crossed the finish line at St David's Head, Bermuda at 11:28am on Monday, June 20.
Two formidable competitors came in behind Lilla, and all of the top three boats, including Lilla, hail from Mattapoisett, MA.

Pescatore (Class A), a Hinckley SW 59, Skipper George Tougas, arrived in Bermuda with an elapsed time of 86:50:57 and corrected time of 78:20:17.

Skipper Chip Johns (Commodore Beverly Yacht Club, one of the three sponsoring clubs of the Marion Bermuda Race) brought Margalo across the finish line with an elapsed time of 87:43:42 and corrected time of 78:46:48.

Race Results may be found here: http://www.marionbermuda.com/archive/2011/prelimresults.pdf

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About the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Association
Since its inception in 1977, the Marion Bermuda Race has been a Corinthian event (amateur yachtsman who sails his own yacht without a professional skipper) and yachts are accepted by invitation. 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 Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race is organized by The Beverly Yacht Club, The Blue Water Sailing Club and The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club for the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Association.

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