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Register for the Nationals

Nathan Bayreuther - 7/17/2024

Now is the time to sign up for the Mariner National Championships, scheduled the weekend of August 9-11 at Brant Beach Yacht Club (BBYC), Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Ginnie Iverson (Regatta Chair) and the crew at BBYC has been working hard to make this year's regatta a spectacular event, and all those who are members in good standing with the Mariner Class Association are invited to attend.

The entry fee is $180.00 on or before August 1st; after that date, the fee increases to $205.00. Click the link below to register as well as download the Notice of Race and Release of Liability document which all competitors must sign. We hope to see you there!

Mariner Nationals Registration

Rendezvous Registraton Now Open

Nathan Bayreuther - 5/7/2024

Registration for the 2024 Mariner Class Annual Rendezvous from August 2-4 is now open! All Mariner Class Association members, family and friends are invited to participate with your Mariner, but members unable to do so are more than welcome to drive to New London to meet the group and join in the activities! NOTE: This is a rain or shine event.

We’ll launch our boats at the state-owned, well-maintained Niantic River launch ramp in Waterford, Connecticut  Friday morning and sail approximately 2 ½ hours to Bushy Point Beach in Groton for lunch and swimming. We’ll then sail up the Thames River in the afternoon to Crocker’s Boat Yard in New London where we’ll stay two nights.

During the weekend, there will be plenty to see and do including optional tours of the nearby Revolutionary War Fort Griswold and the 1756 Shaw Mansion, naval headquarters of Connecticut’s state navy during the Revolution and rare survivor of Benedict Arnold’s burning of New London in 1781. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the city by foot as well as sail around the Thames River and Fisher’s Island Sound in your own Mariner.

On Saturday night, after our traditional “Open Boat” hour at the docks, we’ll all walk to the historic Custom House Marine Museum, the longest-serving customs office in the country, where we will enjoy a fabulous catered dinner and explore the many exhibits and artifacts on display. We’ll eventually leave Crocker’s Sunday morning and head back to Niantic.

Cost: $175 per boat with skipper. Crew: $25 per person. Coming by car: $25 per person. Click the link below to register! Deadline: June 30th.

2024 Mariner National Rendezvous Registration

Class Rules Amended for 2024

Nathan Bayreuther - 2/14/2024

Voting to amend the Mariner Class Rules has now ended. For the past month, members have been invited to cast their vote on proposals brought forth to the Executive Board by Member Terry Fennell and endorsed by at least 20 other Mariner owners in good standing with the Association. Any amendment to the Class Rules requires a 2/3 majority of the total number of votes received.

64 members voted, and the results are as follows:

1. Allow a fixed gooseneck. 26 NO, 38 YES (59.3%). PROPOSAL FAILS.

2. Allow a mainsail Cunningham. 18 NO, 46 YES (72%). PROPOSAL PASSES.

3. Allow a loose-footed mainsail. 39 NO, 25 YES (39%). PROPOSAL FAILS.

4. Adjust transparent window restrictions. 12 NO, 52 YES (81%). PROPOSAL PASSES.

5. Allow a synthetic backstay. 17 NO, 47 YES (73%). PROPOSAL PASSES.

The passed proposals go into effect immediately, specifically at paragraph 5.60 (d) regarding the synthetic backstay, paragraphs 5.62 and 6.39 regarding the Cunningham, and paragraphs 6.37 and 6.44 regarding the transparent windows. The Class Rules have been updated, and the document is now available to download below. (It may also be accessed anytime on our website by navigating to "Download Documents", then clicking on "All About Racing".) All racers are strongly encouraged to download this document and delete any previous existing version of the Rules.

Mariner Class Racing Rules (Updated Feb. 2024)

Inspecting a Mariner to Purchase

Want to buy a Mariner but not really sure what to look for? Is that weird stain just cosmetic or indicative of a structural issue? Does that problem need to be addressed immediately, or can it wait for another time? Is that other thing a deal-breaker, or can I use it to negotiate a lower price? Check out our inspection guide to help you be better informed when looking at a Mariner you may want to buy.

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The Mariner is a 19-foot fiberglass sloop first manufactured by George O'Day in 1963, and currently produced by Stuart Marine. Over 4,000 boats have been constructed and can be found all over the country and even internationally. The object of the Mariner Class Association, founded in 1966, is to encourage and promote the use of the Mariner as an economical daysailer, racer and cruiser; to keep the boat safe; to develop Mariner Class racing under uniform rules with Fleet regattas and an annual National Championship and to maintain the one-design features of the Mariner as originally intended by the Designer; to develop and support family sailing opportunities with regional cruising events and an annual Mariner Rendezvous.
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