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Tabor Boy Enters Marion Bermuda Race

On June 14, Tabor Boy will not be on the sidelines watching the start of the Marion Bermuda Race as she has many times, she will be making history crossing the starting line in the classic division as one of the celestial navigation class entries in the 2019 Marion Bermuda Race!
 
The Race Committee expects around 100 boats on the line for the race. Just two vessels will be in the Classic Yacht Division, with SSV Tabor Boy providing some competition for the Spirit of Bermuda, who has sailed uncontested in the past. Tabor Boy will join 18 current entries to take advantage of the incentives for navigating by the stars. Marketing Chair, Ray Cullum, shared that this is twice the number of entries for celestial navigators as in the last race in 2017.
 
Another exciting opportunity for Tabor Boy is the chance to compete for the Offshore Youth Challenge Trophy given to encourage youth participation. The crew must be comprised of at least four people aged 16-23, representing 66% of the crew. In our case, 16 of the 23 crew members are 23 or younger, many experiencing the thrill of offshore sailing for the first time.
 
Marion Bermuda is the only offshore race that offers a celestial navigation class, which is perfect for Tabor Boy and her student and alumni crew who will be navigating the vessel. Twelve students will be joined by seven alumni crew members, three licensed mates, and Capt. James Geil at the helm. While Tabor Boy is sleek, she is heavy and will benefit from the 3% handicap time bonus over the GPS-navigated yachts in the race. On the crew, nine out of ten celestial navigators is under age 24, so this is a real test of the knowledge of our students and alumni from the classes of 2017 through 2020. Trustee and former XO Jason Bland ’90 is the single senior crew member with celestial navigation skills.
 
“We are looking forward to a memorable trip in June to Bermuda. The student crew is ready to go and put their navigation skills to the test in a real-life situation. Sailing to Bermuda in June will sure beat the cold weather and gales we have faced in the past when we have crossed in November on our way to the Caribbean,” said Geil. “We look forward to greeting many of our Tabor friends on the island on arrival.”
 
Tabor Boy will host an Open Ship for Tabor alumni, parents, and friends in the area, and any new families interested in Tabor. Please join us in Bermuda on June 23 for the festivities starting at 5:30 PM.

Please enjoy this blog post from Tabor Boy Executive Officer, Chip Connard ’19 about the decision to enter the race!  Or to learn more about Tabor Boy, click here.
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