Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race - Spirit of Bermuda leads fleet

by Colin Thompson on 20 Jun 2013
Spirit of Bermuda chartered from the Bermuda Sloop Foundation for the Marion Bermiuda Race by Preston Hutchings of Bermuda and Patrick McGee of dallas TX arrives at the Royal Hamilton Dinghy Club. Talbot Wilson
The local boats in this year’s Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race were led across the finish line off St David’s Head on Wednesday by Spirit of Bermuda.

The 118-foot sloop crossed the line at 2:43am to complete the 645 nautical mile race in an elapsed time of fours days, 13 hours, 33 minutes and 20 seconds.

Provisional results showed Spirit 18th in the 34 boat fleet that set sail from Buzzards Bay, Marion, Massachusetts last Friday.

Spirit was the sole entry in the new Classic Yacht Division following the late withdrawal of the 94-foot Fife Ketch Belle Aventure.

The triple masted schooner had the privilege of starting the race first and led the fleet for several hours before eventually being overtaken by the Andrew 68, Shindig, that went on to claim line honours.

Spirit made good headway in the early stages of the race but gradually fell off the pace for line honours as light headwinds on the final approach to Bermuda reduced the boat’s progress to a trickle.

'Spirit doesn’t go to windward very well because she tacks through wide degrees,' said the boat’s skipper Preston Hutchings. 'Being an older design it takes us many more tacks to get to windward than a newer, modern boat so it was tough coming in the last 50 miles or so.'

At one stage the breeze was so light it forced Spirit’s crew to consider dropping sails and switching on the boat’s engines.

'We came close to starting the engine going at one to two knots without no certainty we were going to have favourable winds before we got to Bermuda,' Hutchings said. 'Fortunately it never came to that point.'

Despite the unfavourable conditions skipper Hutchings and his crew remained upbeat during their painstaking crawl towards the finish.

'Everyone had an absolute blast,' Hutchings said. 'We all got here safely and everybody had fun, which was the key thing.'

One of the highlights of the final beat towards the Island occurred when crewman Mark Procter and First Officer Sean Correia reeled in a 60lb tuna that was quickly consumed.

'Mark and Shawn worked really hard to get it into the boat,' Hutchings said. 'Our fantastic chef (Benjamin Bernardo) sliced it up almost immediately for tuna sashimi and then we had tuna pasta for dinner. That was a lot of fun.'

This year marked the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy (RHADC) and Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) sailor’s second appearance in the Marion Bermuda Race.

Hutchings seized line honours at the first attempt during his race debut in 2007, the 30th anniversary of the biennial event, sailing aboard his 42-foot Swan Morgan’s Ghosts.

Meanwhile, Alice Kay, the only other local boat in this year’s race also crossed the finish today.

George Cubbon’s double masted Hinckley Bermuda 40 finished in an elapsed time of four days, 21 hours, 56 minutes and 46 seconds.

Provisional results placed Alice Kay 32nd in the overall fleet and sixth in Class C with a corrected time of four days, two hours, 57 minutes and 24 seconds.
Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Protector - 660 x 82Zhik Dinghy 660x82

Related Articles

A Q&A with Charles Pessler, the regatta director of the legendary STIR
I corresponded with Charles Pessler, STIR’s regatta director, to learn about the event’s recent changes and evolutions. I recently corresponded via email with Charles “Chuck” Pessler, who is serving as the regatta director of the legendary STIR, to learn more about the changes and evolutions that have taken place at the event since my 2010 trip to racing paradise.
Posted today at 5:42 pm
One great challenge for Transatlantic Race 2019
Greatest challenge has confirmed the start date for its next edition; and this time every competitor will depart Newport A virtual gate off Lizard Point will enable teams to challenge the course record for this historic passage, but the official finish will take place off the Royal Yacht Squadron's waterfront castle in Cowes, England.
Posted today at 4:55 pm
Less than a month to go to 8th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth
To date, 66 teams have signed up for the event, which bodes well for an exceptional vintage Péan will be casting an expert eye over the event that occurs 10-15 April. A seasoned and talented sailor, he boasts one of the most prestigious track records in French sailing, with victories logged in the Solitaire du Figaro in 1983, then the Whitbread (a crewed around-the-world race with stopovers) in 1986.
Posted today at 3:21 pm
Transat Jaques Vabre – Oman Sail takes on Class 40 challenge
The new campaign is the latest stage of the relationship between Al Hasni, one of Oman's most promising sailors Oman Sail has revealed a new adventure for 2017 as the pioneering national initiative takes on a double-handed Class 40 challenge pairing up mentor and long-term skipper of various Oman Sail projects, Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, with his protégé and Oman Sail’s most successful offshore sailor, Fahad Al Hasni.
Posted today at 2:04 pm
RORC Easter Challenge – Free expert coaching
A coach can optimise practice time, provide detailed analysis via both stats and video, can examine specific issues If you want to do better out on the race course, you could buy yourself a newer, more competitive boat. Or sail with a better crew. Or could buy some new sails. Or put in some practice. But keelboat crews frequently forget that one of the best value methods is to employ a coach.
Posted today at 11:20 am
Vestas 11th Hour Racing launch Volvo Ocean Race campaign
Vestas are returning for a second edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing Vestas 11th Hour Racing will be led by the American duo of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill. The team are the fourth to announce for the upcoming edition, which begins on 22 October, and they will use the race to promote a sustainability message around the world.
Posted on 21 Mar
St. Barths Bucket Regatta – More action shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images
Posted on 21 Mar
St. Barths Bucket Regatta images by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images
Posted on 21 Mar
Antigua Bermuda Race welcomes schooner Eleonora
The Antigua to Bermuda Race starting on Friday 12th May is proving highly popular with a huge variety of competitors The Antigua to Bermuda Race starting on Friday 12th May is proving highly popular with a huge variety of competitors eager to take on the challenge of a true ocean race to Bermuda; the home of the 35th America's Cup.
Posted on 21 Mar
Extreme Sailing Series heads to Mexico for the first time in history
SAP has been Official Technical Partner to the Extreme Sailing Series™ since 2012, providing cutting edge insights Today the owner and organiser of the Series, OC Sport, is delighted to announce that the German software giant SAP – a longtime supporter of the world's leading Stadium Racing Series - will be the Host Venue Partner for the Mexican Act.
Posted on 20 Mar