Admissions - Shindig crosses finish line first in Marion Bermuda race
Photo taken by the Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Association, Inc.
It seemed like the last few miles took forever, but Shindig finished the 645-mile Marion Bermuda race at 3:55 a.m. Tuesday, becoming the first boat across the finish line. The big blue Andrew 68-footer, skippered by Michael Reney and sailed by a crew of cadets from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, former owner Arthur Burke, MMA Coach Chuck Fontaine, and a handful of experienced crew, who pushed Shindig hard through a difficult race.
The race started fast last Friday, with Shindig reaching speeds in excess of 20 knots. But the going became painfully slow for the last 100 miles after the boat, which had been leading the pack since late Friday, crossed the Gulf Stream. Lady B, a Swan 62 skippered by John Madden, was approaching the finish off St. David's Light Tuesday morning. The rest of the fleet is spread out across the original race rhumb line looking for wind. Handicap honors are still up for grabs in the three Founders division classes and the division itself.
Spectators at home or on mobile devices can follow the yachts in the Marion Bermuda Race on the YellowBrick tracker program sponsored by Kingman Yacht Center. Positions are updated every hour on the hour on the YellowBrick tracking map. Go to the Marion Bermuda web site — and click the brick.
Article written by Barbara Veneri/South Coast Today
June 19, 2013