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Nightmare start for Spirit

Nightmare start: Spirit of Bermuda

Spirit of Bermuda will not be scored in this year’s Marion Bermuda Race, which officially started in Sippican Harbour, Marion, Massachusetts yesterday.

The 118-foot triple-masted schooner has been ruled as a non-starter after failing to start in accordance with the race rules or turning back to do so within the specified time window.

This means that Tabor Academy’s 92-foot schooner SSV Tabor Boy is now the only entry in the Classic Yacht Division, which was the first class to start the 22nd edition of the 645-mile race.

Spirit of Bermuda is one of two Bermuda entries entered in the race. Also flying the island’s flag is Michael Tucker’s Farr 395, Cyclone, which is competing in the Founders Class B.

Paul Hubbard’s Bermuda Oyster was the only Bermudian entry that competed in the previous Marion Bermuda Race.

A total of 39 boats are competing among five divisions for bragging rights in this year’s race.