Team Trophy Racing now offered in 2020 edition of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race

Newport Beach, CA January 30, 2020 – The Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Storm Trysail Club (STC) in promoting team-based racing in the 2020 Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (N2E), the largest international yacht race in North America. New trophies are being offered by STC for the top three-boat team in this year’s 73rd edition of the race that starts on April 24, 2020.

An amendment to the Notice of Race is now published that states prizes will be awarded to the 3-boat team skippers who compile the best team score, as determined by using the total of each team member’s percentage placement in its respective class. There is no limitation on the criteria to form a team: it may be composed of members of the same club, alumni from the same school, old shipmates who are now racing different boats, etc – any social, recreational, geographic or cultural affiliation that three entries may have in common is acceptable.

There are numerous classes of monohulls and multihulls racing in the 2020 N2E that include PHRF, ORR, ORCA and an Unlimited class for first-to-finish contenders. Teams may be formed from any three-boat combination of entries from any of these classes provided no more than two are from the same start class. The list of start classes is available after the close of regular entry registration, on or about April 1st, but teams may be registered starting now.

“We’re pleased to offer this promotional award to NOSA, a West Coast club that supports ocean sailing very much like our own does wherever our members sail, particularly on the East Coast,” said STC Commodore AJ Evans. “We have found this an effective and popular way to promote camaraderie and add another fun element to the competition.”

Last year at other prominent offshore races such as the 50th Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu and the 2019 Chicago-Mackinac Race nearly a third of each fleet formed teams to be eligible for Storm Trysail team trophies.

“This is yet another new innovation we are offering in this year’s N2E,” said NOSA commodore Bill Gibbs. “Our mission of getting more sailors out to enjoy ocean racing in a competitive and safe environment is very much aligned with Storm Trysail’s, and this new trophy offers another dimension of competitive fun to the race. We expect a strong turnout in April.”

To enter the Storm Trysail Club team competition, sign up on the NOSA website at https://nosa.org/team-entry. Team entries are accepted up until one week prior to the start, with the deadline set at 1700 April 17th, 2020.

For more information on the 73rd Newport to Ensenada Race, visit www.nosa.org, and to enter visit https://registration.nosa.org/register.

For more information about the Storm Trysail Club, visit www.stormtrysail.org.

Congressional Cup Champion Ian Williams Returns to Defend Title against Thrilling Line-up at Long Beach Yacht Club, April 28 to May 3

Jan 27 2020 LONG BEACH, CA – Reigning Congressional Cup champion Ian Williams (GBR) will return to the course to defend his title, when Long Beach Yacht Club hosts the 56th Congressional Cup regatta April 28 to May 3 2020.

A quadruple winner of the Crimson Blazer (2011, 2012, 2017 and 2019) Williams is tied with Gavin Brady, Taylor Canfield, Rod Davis and Peter Holmberg with four wins each. If Williams can pull off victory in 2020, it will make him the winningest skipper in the 56-year history of this prestigious event.

But competition is expected to be fierce as he squares off against nine of the leading match racing skippers in the world, including past Congressional Cup winner Johnie Berntsson (SWE) and last year’s runner-up, Scott Dickson (USA).

Also returning to the field are Eric Monnin (SUI), Harry Price (AUS], Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE), plus Torvar Mirsky (AUS) with his second Congressional Cup appearance after a hiatus of nearly 10 years.

Making his Congressional Cup debut is Jordan Stevenson (NZL), who earned his spot in the lineup as victor of the USA Grand Slam series; accruing the most points in that four-part circuit made up of the Chicago Match Cup, Detroit Cup, the Oakcliff International, and Thompson Cup. Two final berths will be filled by the top two finishers in the Ficker Cup regatta April 24 to 26.

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The Congressional Cup will be the kick-off event for the 2020 World Match Racing Tour but is best known as the ‘grandfather’ of match racing. Founded in 1965 by Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC), Congressional Cup organizers revolutionized the game of match racing with on-the-water umpiring, maintaining a fleet of identical 37-foot Catalina sloops to guarantee an even platform and exciting competition – and a thrill for spectators on the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. Racing is held directly off the pier at 15 39th Place, Long Beach, Calif. where spectators can view this world class competition for free, beginning around 11AM each day.

“We are looking forward to another great Congressional Cup with top-notch competitors and race action,” announced Chair Cheri Busch, “and are happy to welcome the World Match Racing Tour as part of Congressional Cup again.” Busch has been involved as a volunteer in the Congressional Cup organization for nearly a decade and is part of a dynamic duo leading the event this year; with husband John Busch serving as the Principal Race Officer (PRO). “It’s exciting to be involved in such a prestigious, world-renowned regatta, and something the members of Long Beach Yacht Club, look forward to each year.”

Racing will commence Wednesday April 29 and run through Sunday May 3: format will include a Double Round Robin followed by semi-finals, petite finals, and the finals on Sunday. In between, racers will be fêted and fed at LBYC. A unique aspect of Congressional Cup is that it is hosted by LBYC members, 300-strong, who volunteer in every aspect of race management, organization and hospitality. It is like no other premier yachting event in the world, and a favorite of competitors.

Visit www.thecongressionalcup.com for more information on Congressional Cup; go to www.wmrt.com for details on the WMRT.

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Team Engel & Voelkers Yachting USA

Engel & Völkers is proud to announce the launch of its first yachting shop in the Americas. Paul Benson, license partner, has partnered with Walter Johnson and Leeann lacino of Walter Johnson Yachts to open the first location in Newport Beach, CA. This shop is the newest addition to the brand’s existing locations in the yachting hubs of Monaco and Antibes in the South of France. https://bit.ly/37lsonV

73rd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race Open for Entry

Newport Beach, CA – The Notice of Race and Registration page for entry are now available for the 73rd edition of the 2020 Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. These can be found on the event’s new website at www.nosa.org, with the start date scheduled for Friday, April 24, 2020.

First raced in 1948 with entries that included Hollywood stars like Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy and Errol Flynn, this classic ocean race is held annually and organized by the Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA). The event is unique among international distance races in being open to entry for a large and diverse group of sailors and boat types, and annually attracts hundreds of boats and thousands of participants in both the race itself and the popular pre- and post-race social events in Newport Beach and Ensenada, Mexico.

This success is in part because the Newport to Ensenada Race has actually been organized into three races in one event, each with its own merits but starting at the same time off Newport’s Balboa Pier:

(1) The main Newport to Ensenada Race (N2E) is a 125-mile offshore overnight race intended for all boats over 21 feet in length. Scoring will be using PHRF or ORR ratings for monohulls and ORCA ratings for Multihulls. An Unlimited Class is also available for very fast boats interested in elapsed time scores only. PHRF classes will be divided into ULDB and non-ULDB entries depending on their PHRF Performance Factor. There is also a CRUZ class option to enter, where PHRF and ORCA CRUZ entries may use their engines at night for a time penalty calculated from their engine log. PHRF CRUZ entries may also enter in Spinnaker or non-Spinnaker divisions.

(2) The Newport to San Diego Race (N2SD) is a 60-mile race intended for those teams in boats over 21 feet in length interested in a coastal offshore experience without the length of the race to Mexico. Eligibility and scoring options are the same as the main N2E race, except no ORR class is offered.

(3) The Newport Sprint to Dana Point Race (N2DP) is a 14-mile race intended for entry-level and small-boat sailors racing monohull one-designs or boats with PHRF or Portsmouth handicaps, or multihulls racing with ORCA handicaps. High Performance one-designs over 13 feet in length may also race subject to approval from NOSA.

Each race will offer take-home awards in a variety of criteria. So-called Primary Awards will be given for rankings determined by corrected time results in each class. Secondary Awards will be given to top places in other award categories, such as All-Female or Doublehanded Crew in PHRF, ORR and ORCA scoring. Each race’s Notice of Race details Award guidelines.

There are also numerous prestigious Perpetual Trophies awarded in a variety of categories…the list of winners on these trophies are a chronicle of the great sailing yachts raced in Southern California (and beyond) throughout the post-War period. For example, last year’s winner of the NOSA Trophy for fastest elapsed time was the reigning Sydney-Hobart Race champion Alive, Phil Turner and Duncan Hine’s Reichel/Pugh 66, who also won the Amigo Trophy for being a first-time winning N2E entry and the Lahaina Yacht Club Trophy for having the fastest PHRF class elapsed time.
Finally, an added feature of these races and included in the entry fees is the ability for friends and family who cannot race to follow along using the YB satellite tracking system, where positions, speeds, ETA’s and even projected results are all available online for free and easy access. This valuable tool also provides links to each entry’s social media access links during the race.

“This offshore race is a Southern California classic in every sense of the term,” says Bill Gibbs, Commodore of NOSA. “Not only are we rooted in the history of sailing in this region, but we continue to innovate and adapt to the changing dimensions of the sport to maximize participation…and fun. The race does more than any other on the US West Coast to get boats and sailors out to enjoy the Pacific, whether racing to win or just having a good time with friends.

“Whether you’re sailing a 29er to Dana Point, a Sportboat to San Diego, a Volvo 70 to set a race record or the family cruiser to Ensenada, we welcome all to join us next year in April for Southern California’s largest and most fun ocean racing event.”

More info found on the event website at www.nosa.org.

The Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) was formed in 1948 as an organization that promotes yacht racing in Southern California. Besides organizing the annual Newport to Ensenada, the Newport to San Diego and the Newport to Dana Point Races, NOSA provides financial assistance to junior sailing programs and other non-profit organizations that encourage and develop amateur watersports with an emphasis on sailing, boating and seamanship. NOSA is thankful for the support of the 2020 N2E from the following Bridge Sponsors: City of Newport Beach; and the following Flag Sponsors: GrinGo, Heineken USA, Novamar Insurance Group, SatellitePhoneStore and Ullman Sails Newport Beach.

CHRISTOPHER WEIS WINS CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ SERIES

Shane Young, Returning 2017 Champion, Wins Series Final Regatta

Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 3, 2019 —Returning California Dreamin’ Series winner Shane Young had trouble getting his motor running – his Catalina 37 being towed to the racecourse by the mark-set boat, but once out there, he and his LBYC crew won six out of seven matches to finish the two-day regatta with a 12 – 2 record.

Both losses were to yesterday’s leader Greg Dair; the final match coming down to a couple of feet lost while recovering from a penalty turn. The win earned Young, the 2017 Series Champion, 100 points toward his 2019 series total, but it was not enough to top Del Rey Yacht Club’s rising star, Christopher Weis.

The 23-year old won the San Diego leg of the series last month in a J22, earning him 100 points and putting him in a series tie with Nicole Breault of St. Francis Yacht Club.

But Weis and crew found their stride today, improving over yesterday’s 4 wins and 3 loss record and won six of the day’s seven matches. The only loss was to Young. Rounding after rounding, the team worked together like a well-oiled machine; winning the series and moving up this regatta’s leaderboard to take second-place.

“It was really a group effort,” said Weis. “All the matches were really competitive, and it was great to sail against such accomplishes sailors.” Matches against Breault, the series highest-ranked World Sailing competitor (61) was particularly close, and hard-fought, he said changing leads up to four times.

He and his crew Roberto Stevens, Dylan Finestone, Haydon Stapleton, Willie McBride and his brother Nicolas Weis, grew up sailing together. All of them are individually, really good sailors, he said. Last year Weis, Stevens, Finestone and junior match racing teammates Alex Burrow and Sidney Gathrid were awarded the Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs Competitive Yachting Achievement award.

Next year, Weis, the regatta’s second-highest-rated competitor, at 83 with a bullet, will lead his crew at Ficker Cup here at LBYC. Chris Macy, LBYC’s Chairman of the 2020 Ficker Cup presented Weis with his invitation to the coveted event.

“We are really excited for Ficker and to be working our way up the ladder,” said Weis. To do well in April, the plan is to start training on some bigger, heavier boats. The crew normally sails in boats less then 25’feet. The Catalina 37’s, Weis said, are like having another 25-feet of boat length upfront and double the weight.

The annual California Dreamin’ Series is comprised of three regattas. St. Francis Yacht Club hosted the first regatta in March. This weekend’s racing, aboard Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s Catalina 37s, was a World Sailing, Grade 3 Match Racing event.

Competitors earned points for racing in each of the three events according to how they finished. In the overall standings, Breault finished in second place and Liz Hjorth of California Yacht Club finished third.

This weekend, 50 percent of the eight competing skippers were women.

As the winner of LBYC’s two-day regatta, Young was awarded the Barney Flam Perpetual Trophy, which he said was an honor, particularly because it is in celebration of one of crewmate’s Steve Flam’s father.

“Pulling the crew together, many of whom are college friends was like getting the band back together. So, winning here is particularly rewarding, said, Young. Next year, Young hopes that he and the crew can coordinate schedules to do more racing but to also represent the club well.

Accepting the award, Young thanked Randy Beers, the regatta’s principal race officer, the race committee, that included Commodore Camille Daniels, for doing such a commendable job orchestrating 14 races in light wind; adding that the umpires, who made a lot of good calls, as also appreciated for volunteering their time

Young’s crew were Flam, Mark Ryan, Erik Berkins, Nicolas Santos and Jack Jorgensen.

Greg Dair, representing Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, finished the weekend’s regatta in third place.

“I was lucky enough to get the best group of sailors together for this event, and we hope to do more in the future,” Dair said at the trophy ceremony. Earlier in the day, he said the day’s goal was to do well and learn more as a team. In August, Dair, along with Kevin McCarthy and Zak Merton placing fourth for Alamitos Bay Yacht Club at the Viper 640 Worlds. Despite yesterday’s leaderboard-topping day, Dair said the Catalina 37s were a little harder to get used to than he figured, and the boat did not always end up where he expected.

The wind off Belmont Veteran’s Memorial Pier did not always show up where it was expected either. Racing started in light winds at five to seven knots of shifty breeze that brought in two rolling banks of fog and had the race committee resetting marks nearly a dozen times throughout the day.

OVERALL RESULTS

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