RACE WEEK KICKED OFF TODAY SUNDAY
at Marina Park in Newport Beach
185 Boats registered for the April 28 race
The official race week kickoff party occurred today, Sunday, April 23 from noon to 4 p.m., at the city’s new premier waterfront park, Marina Park.
Racers picked up their official race packets and enjoyed steel drum music, the indoor Heineken Beer garden, a swoon over a selection of beautiful N2E trophies, tour a race boat and get nostalgic over a display of Woodies. Marina Park is at 1600 Balboa Blvd., W., Newport Beach.
One hundred and eighty five boats are registered N2E 70 that will see more than 40 classes of boats cross the start line April 28 from 11 a.m. until noon off the Balboa Pier. High-performance maxi’s, catamarans are Maxi’s cross the line last.
For the third year, NOSA will be collecting donations and toys on behalf of a school for autistic children, “Centro de Atención Especializada Para Autistas” (CAEPA). Thanks to the generosity of the sailing community, NOSA doubled its 2015 donation and made a visible difference at the school.
WHAT: Hosted by the Newport Ocean Racing Association, the beloved N2E is an eclectic mix of serious sailors campaigning multi-million dollar yachts racing alongside recreational cruisers.
NEW: A short course from San Diego Bay and the longer offshore Transpac Qualifies route will run at the same time.
Last year, Tom Siebel’s Orion, an ORMA70, broke the 18-year record for best elapsed time. Its sister ship Pheado 3 makes its debut N2E appearance to challenge Mighty Merloe, a MOD60, to see if either can beat the new, staggeringly fast record of 5:17:26.
BACKGROUND: First run in 1948, the N2E has a storied history of mixing professional racers, celebrities and recreational sailors to become a time-honored event for Newport Beach, the City of Ensenada and sailing enthusiasts who come from across the country to compete. More than 40 trophy categories in monohull, multihull and cruising classes give this a race a wide appeal. In recent years, great winds have tested and challenged the skills of crews, many who only sail overnight on this race. Last year’s race saw more than a dozen records fall.