A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Position-Finding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2018 Nov 29, 08:40 -0800
Who's this Marion person, and why does she have her name on the Bermuda Race?! (yes, I have heard people ask that).
Heh. Marion is a town in Massachusetts on Buzzard Bay about nine miles east of New Bedford near the southern end of the Cape Cod Canal. Marion, Massachusetts and Newport, Rhode Island host the annual race to Bermuda in alternate years. It's Marion's turn in 2019. The Marion-Bermuda Race famously includes a celestial handicap division. That is, if you navigate using celestial navigation (honors system and not required within 50 miles of land at either end) you get some time knocked off your total sailing time at the end of the race.
Here's a link to an article about celestial navigation for this year's Marion-Bermuda Race:
Can you see any problems? Can you suggest any edits? Perhaps NavList, as a community, could forward some suggestions to the race managers.