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The Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron are pleased to announce the 36th Biennial Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race. The race will start on 5 July 2015, and is open to all yachts meeting the requirements published in the Notice of Race and which are accepted by MHORC. The race will offer scoring under IRC, ORR, PHRF Racing, PHRF Cruising and HPR. The race will start in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and will finish in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is an ISAF Category 2 event.

This race is a qualifier for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy for IRC yachts, the New England Lighthouse Series for PHRF yachts and the ORR East Coast Championship. Special competitions will include double handed crew in the spinnaker divisions, club teams, and elderly crews.

The Olin J. Stephens Trophy will be awarded for the yacht scored under ORR with the best combined performance in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race and the 2015 Marblehead-to-Halifax Race.  Dual scored yachts in PHRF Racing or IRC are also eligible for this trophy.

Chelsea Clock Trophies will be awarded for the best combined performance in the 2015 Annapolis to Newport and Marblehead-to-Halifax Races in the IRC, PHRF Racing, and Doublehanded Divisions.

The Friar Trophy will be awarded to the yacht with the best combined performance in Route Halifax Saint-Pierre 2014 and this 2015 Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race.  This race is also the qualifier for the Friar Trophy combined award with Route Halifax Saint-Pierre 2016.

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