Changes set for 2013 Marion-Bermuda

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The Marion Bermuda Race organization recently adopted “significant changes” designed to make this biennial offshore yacht race more accessible than ever before. The new initiatives invite broader participation and position the Marion Bermuda Race to remain the prestigious offshore yacht race event that is has been since 1977, according to organizers.

Highlights to the changes include:

• Vessel size limits increased from 80 to 100 feet LOA

• A new division with unrestricted sail inventory

• Symmetrical spinnakers and spinnaker poles permitted

• Traditional Sail Training/Classic Yacht Division added

"There is a great buzz surrounding the race right now and although there is no way to know at this early stage how many boats will be on the start line next June, we are buoyed by the enthusiasm we feel from the sailors and our volunteers,” trustee chairman David Patton says.

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In other information, interested race participants/prospects can learn more information at session to be held at West Marine store locations throughout New England. During these sessions, prospective racers will learn about boat qualification and preparation; crew preparation, communication and required safety equipment, costs and logistics among other issues.

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