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The Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race

Sailors encounter blue water thrills as they sail from Buzzard’s Bay in Marion, Massachusetts to St. David’s Head in Bermuda. The 645 nautical-mile journey features more than 100 yachts taking on rough open ocean for chance at glory.

Marion-Bermuda Race

Marion-Bermuda Race

The Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race had its 21st run in 2017. The biennial offshore race maintains its original Corinthian spirit, inviting all yachts and crew to participate for the pure pleasure of sailing, competition and camaraderie.  The next race will be held on June 14, 2019. 

About the Race

The Marion to Bermuda race was the brainstorm of two old yachting buddies who, in 1977, invited their sailing friends and family to race to Bermuda using only celestial navigation. Today, the yachts are longer and electronic navigation is allowed, but there is still a special place for those who enjoy the challenge of navigating by the sun, moon and stars. The Marion to Bermuda race is the only ocean race in North America that offers a celestial class.

The Marion to Bermuda race is the only ocean race in North America that offers a celestial class.

For the 2015 race, a goal was to increase participation by younger sailors and a Youth Trophy was offered. Yachts had to carry at least four sailors between ages 16 and 23 to qualify for the trophy. The race organizers also continued their Race Mentor Program, developed for skippers who were new to the Marion to Bermuda race. See details about the 2017 race.

The Perfect Time to Sail to Bermuda

With blue skies, lush greenery and ideal temperatures, June is a spectacular time to visit Bermuda. Make plans now to be here during the excitement of the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race, especially since it will be paired with America's Cup fever. You'll find a full range of accommodations, from luxurious hotels and oceanside resorts to inns, cottages and more. See requirements for entering Bermuda by private vessel.

The 2017 race began on June 9 in Buzzards Bay off Marion, Massachusetts, and will finish off St. David's Head in Bermuda. Sponsors of the race are the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, Massachusetts, the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club, Paget, Bermuda, and the Blue Water Sailing Club of Boston. For more race information, visit