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Onshore Spectator Information

The start will be near Halfway Rock and head west toward the shore, turning south just off Marblehead Neck before turning again at Tinkers Rock to set a course for Halifax, 363 nautical miles away. Best places for onshore viewing will be Chandler Hovey Park and Castle Rock, marked below on Marblehead neck. 

Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race on short start spectator map
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The racing fleet will include Ticonderoga, the classic 85’ L. Francis Herreshoff designed ketch; Summerwind, an 85-foot schooner, skippered by Jim Grundy who set a new record at Halifax two years ago; Rambler, the 90 footer that was first to finish in 2009 and Kiwi Spirit, a 63-foot Farr designed round the world racer based in Dover, UK.

In all, close to 80 yachts will have staggered starts depending on class beginning at 1 pm.  The course after the start of the race will be shown by red, yellow orange and green floating buoys. The only thing that would change this viewer friendly configuration  would be unfavorable wind conditions, which are unlikely for this season of the year. The inshore starting area was successfully initiated in 2011, and will be used again this year.

The progress of the race can be tracked through the race tracker which is supported by GPS transponders on all of the yachts. Live coverage of the start and other updates will be posted to this site, and on facebook and twitter

On the Water Spectator Information for Boaters

The race committee hopes that pleasure boaters will be respectful of the starting course and stay behind the red round floating marker buoys as marked by the yellow exclusion zones on the map below. Some 25 boats from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Harbormasters from Salem and Marblehead as well as volunteers from the yacht clubs will patrol the starting area. Their boats will be flying yellow flags under the watchful eye of the Coast Guard Cutter Pendant, a 65 foot vessel assigned to oversee safety of the starting area.


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Exclusion Zones

The starting area and each of the orange tetrahedron turning marks will be ringed with round red bouys. These areas are marked in yellow on the map above.  All spectator boats should not enter these areas. 

Patrol Boats

Each of the exclusion zones will be patrolled by race committee powerboats flying yellow flags. You will also see US Coast Guard Auxiliary on patrol - these are frequently civilian craft with USCG Auxiliary Insignia (see photo below). Please follow their instructions and stay well clear of the race boats.

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