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TV celeb Rivera relishing adventure

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A mini adventure.

That’s the way TV celebrity Geraldo Rivera summed up the Marion Bermuda Race.

“The Marion Bermuda Race is a mini adventure whereas you can live the high life on the high seas and still be back to work a week later,” he told

The Royal Gazette at Wednesday night’s Bermuda Welcome Dinner at the Beverly Yacht Club.

“It’s got the Gulf Stream, weather changes and it’s just far enough so it’s a challenging race. It’s also spirited so you don’t have to be a rocket scientist or a professional sailor to do it and aside from some local races in New England this is the only ocean race I’ve ever really done.”

Since its inception more than three decades ago, the biennial event has evolved into a premier ocean race that appeals to a broad range of cruising and racing enthusiasts.

“I like the old fashioned quaintness of the Marion Bermuda Race and sailing with good mates and other good sailors,” Rivera added. “The boats are good solid boats and nothing like the Americas Cup which I think has been wrecked with all that high tech stuff.”

Competing in the race affords Rivera the rare opportunity to sail to one of his most cherished travel destinations.

“I absolutely adore Bermuda,” the attorney, journalist and talk show host added. “It’s one of the special places on earth and the people have always been so gracious to us.”

Rivera is making his fourth appearance in the 645-mile race which gets underway June 14 in Buzzards Bay Marion, Massachusetts and ends at St David’s Head, Bermuda.

“This is our fourth race and third on Voyager and we’re excited,” he said. “We did 2005 and 2011 and now this one on Voyager.”

Rivera is a seasoned ocean sailor having logged thousands of miles on the high seas with his yacht.

“We sailed this boat around the world from 1992 to 2000 and then 1600 miles up the Amazon River in 2001,” he said. “But then my adventures were cut short because the war (on terrorism) started and I’ve been a workhorse for the past 11 years.

“These little weeks you steal here and there are about the extent of sailing I get to do these days so I’m very excited to do the Marion Bermuda Race this year,” he said.

Rivera made his Marion Bermuda Race debut in 1985 on a 40 foot yacht named New Wave.

This year marks the first time he has done the biennial race back-to-back and for the occasion he has retained most of the crew that sailed with him in the previous event in 2011.

“Basically it’s the same crew,” Rivera said. “I have three nephews, my captain from Africa who has been with me for 15 years and one fellow that we sail with in Puerto Rico.”

The weather predicted for the start of the race calls for 20-25 knot north, north west winds with gusts up to 30 knots.

This means the fleet should enjoy a fast run out of Buzzards Bay and perhaps all the way down through the Gulf Stream with strong to moderate north, north west winds.

“It’s going to be a beautiful start,” Rivera said. “We’re really looking forward to a good race.”

TV celebrity Geraldo Rivera (left) with Royal Gazette sports reporter Colin Thompson

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Published June 14, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm)

TV celeb Rivera relishing adventure

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