The Marion to Bermuda Race start is approaching and we now learn that the 90 foot ketch Belle Aventure has withdrawn from this year’s race, leaving local sloop Spirit of Bermuda as the sole entry in the new Classic Yacht Division.
The Bermudian 3-masted sail training schooner Spirit of Bermuda
'Due to unforeseen circumstances with the owners’ schedules, S/Y Belle Aventure will not be able to sail to Bermuda this year during the Marion to Bermuda Race,' read a statement from Belle Aventure captain Dave Thompson. 'We were looking forward to racing but will have to delay for another year. Both the crew and owners apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and wish all the participants luck in the race this year.'
Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) Commodore Allan Williams added: 'I don’t know the reasons (for the late withdrawal) but notwithstanding I’m very disappointed.'
Belle Aventure’s withdrawal has reduced this year’s overall Marion Bermuda race fleet from 39 to 38 boats.
Flying the Island’s banner along with Spirit of Bermuda in the biennial 645 mile ocean race is the 40-foot Hinckley, Alice Kay, that is competing in the Founders Division.
Since its inception the Marion Bermuda Race, jointly hosted by RHADC, Beverly Yacht Club and Blue Water Sailing Club has evolved into a premier ocean race and sailing event which appeals to a broad range of cruising and racing enthusiasts.
This year’s race is scheduled to get underway on June 14 in Buzzards Bay, Marion, Massachusetts and finish off St David’s Head, Bermuda.