Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Marion Bermuda Race - Leaders fight for late night finish

by Talbot Wilson on 18 Jun 2013
2013 Marion Bermuda Race - Shindig and Lady B started together and will probably finish together. Line honors will depend on which way the wind blows late Monday and early Tuesday morning, and how much. Talbot Wilson - Copyright
In the Marion Bermuda Race, as anticipated late Sunday, the ‘line honor’ leaders hit the wall Monday afternoon. According to the YellowBrick tracker they now seem to be sailing on the wind, on a long port tack to Bermuda.

The ‘handicap’ leaders are the smaller boats that have kept the old, reaching breeze longer and made their time on the other boats in their class. Integrity, the Navy 44 Mk II STC (NA22) skippered by Mario Avilia, leads his Class B and appears to be one of the best on corrected time in the whole fleet. Other class leaders are Gardner Grant’s J120 Alibi in Class A and David Caso’s perennial winner Silhouette in Class C. Classic Division entry Spirit of Bermuda, a heavy 112 footer, suffers in these light conditions. She’s slogging along at 3-4 knots vmg at 74º. Her heading is less than perpendicular to the rhumb line in that report. Spirit was 122 miles from home.

At 15:00 EDT Monday afternoon, Integrity seems to have found a fairly steady southeasterly breeze. The Andrews 68 was about nine miles west of the original 164º rhumb line to Bermuda sailing 159º 57miles from the finish. Lady B, a Swan 62, was in a similar breeze 22 miles off the rhumb line some 72.5 miles out steering 168º. Both boats are doing between six and seven knots so they should reach the island in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. It is still a battle for line honors between Integrity and Lady B although Integrity holds the inside edge. The outcome will depend on which way the wind blows… and how much.

Southerly winds 5-10 knots should persist around Bermuda until Tuesday night. Pressure should then build from the West as a low moves off the mid-Atlantic coast and squeezes the high back to the southeast. This should give the boats in the back of the pack a nice boost to their finishes.



2013 Marion Bermuda Race - Silhouette - #42605 Dave Caso Skipper ©  SpectrumPhoto/Fran Grenon
2013 Marion Bermuda Race - Silhouette - #42605 Dave Caso Skipper © SpectrumPhoto/Fran Grenon
Marion Bermuda Race Website
North Technology - Southern SparsWildwind 2016 660x82Pacific Sailing School 660x82 1

Related Articles

Vendée2020Vision sailors inspired by Alex Thomson’s performance
The aim of Vendée2020Vision is to help progress these sailors up to the next rung of the ladder. To help them with their fund raising, Vendée2020Vision sailors last year had the opportunity to take part in 12 bespoke training modules.
Posted today at 1:58 pm
Inaugural GC32 Championship coming up next month
A joint gathering of the international fleets of GC32 one design foiling catamarans is to take place in Muscat This will be the first occasion ever that the GC32 Racing Tour and the Extreme Sailing Series™ fleets have combined to lock horns on the race course.
Posted today at 12:44 pm
Vendee Globe – Thomson races towards the finish against French rival
British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place with just 40 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h. With just 390 nautical miles left to the finish port of Les Sable d’Olonne and less than two days until the leading duo are expected to complete the solo, non-stop, around the world race, British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place with just 40 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h.
Posted today at 11:15 am
Vendee Globe - Thomson reduces margin but has to make vital decision
Single-handed monohull world record holder, Alex Thomson, continues to gnaw away at Banque Populaire VIII's lead Single-handed monohull world record holder, Alex Thomson, continues to gnaw away at Banque Populaire VIII's lead in the Vendee Globe Race. The margin between the first and second boat is now just 36nm.
Posted today at 10:55 am
City of Perth Festival of Sail inc Warren Jones Youth Regatta preview
The City of Perth Festival of Sail is coming to Perth Waters with a bonanza of sailing and social activities The City of Perth Festival of Sail is coming to Perth Waters with a bonanza of sailing and social activities taking place from Sunday 29 January - Friday 3 February.
Posted today at 7:39 am
Vendee Globe - One tack holds key to Vendée Globe glory
Victory in the solo round the world race now comes down to one crucial last manoeuvre. With less than 40 miles separating Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h from second-placed Alex Thomson this morning and under 400 nautical miles left to the finish line, victory in the solo round the world race now comes down to one crucial last manoeuvre.
Posted today at 6:57 am
2017 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta - Four weeks to go
Yes, time goes so quickly and now only four weeks before the start of the 11th Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta Yes, time goes so quickly and now only four weeks before the start of the 11th Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta - Saturday February 18 to Sunday February 19, 2017. Have you got your entry in yet?
Posted today at 4:29 am
Setting a new standard for not only solo sailing, but monohull sailing
Doyle Sailmakers is enjoying the down to the wire pace of this years 2017 Vendée Globe unfolding this week. Doyle Sailmakers is enjoying the down to the wire pace of this years 2017 Vendée Globe unfolding this week. With UK sailor, Alex Thomson, on board Hugo Boss, and Armel LeCléac’h just 42.2 nautical miles ahead, we have seen seamanship, racing skills, and the sheer skills of both sailors.
Posted today at 2:13 am
Vendee Globe - Thomson cuts 33nm out of Le Cleac'h with 48hrs left
Britain's Alex Thomson sailing Hugo Boss has made a big reduction in the lead of Armel Le Cleac'h Britain's Alex Thomson sailing Hugo Boss has made a big reduction in the lead of Armel Le Cleac'h in the final stages of the Vendee Globe Race. The official margin of just 45nm - a gain of 30nm in the last 24 hours was confirmed using the weather routing function of Predictwind. Most of Thomson's gain has come on the last seven hours.
Posted on 17 Jan
Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments
This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. How do you make a water resistant garment that really breathes, yet reflects your own body heat back to you? Where do you find a compression resistant and extremely insulating filling that is nowhere near as bulky as the Michelin Man, yet gives you that kind of warmth and comfort?
Posted on 17 Jan