The Mooring Minute: Detaching From The Outcome!

Published on September 27, 2018 by Walter Johnson • In The Mooring Minute

We are all driven by flight or flight, every second we are deciding to stand up or stand down.  In fight or flight, we are fear-driven, our minds pain over the loss of some projected benefit from some imaginary expected, future result. To be in the flow is to be in peace of mind where we know all is well, space where we observe, respond and react, so when the wind shifts we use the shifting breeze to our advantage. They say you can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails or as I say, seek, tack and head in the most advantageous direction.

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Registration for N2E 72 Open – NOR’s for all three courses posted

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., September 25, 2018 – The Newport Ocean Sailing Association is so excited about the 72nd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, that board members have opened registration early in hopes that more racers will plan to be a part of the iconic spring regatta’s storied history.

The official notice of race for all three courses are posted and available on the website. Vice Commodore of Race, Bill Gibbs posted the documents and was first to register Wahoo, his race-winning Schionning GF1400.

The legendary race sets sail in the waters off Newport’s Balboa Pier on April 26, 2019.

Early registration is beneficial for sailors with busy racing schedules so they can plan their calendar in advance, said Gibbs. Additionally, it means racers don’t have to remember to keep checking for when registration opens. For the last several years, N2E registration has not opened until the first of January.

“N2E 72 is on the horizon and excitement for the race is beginning to mount with the early publication of our NORs,” said Mary Bacon, the Vice Commodore, Administration. Bacon also advised of upcoming and innovative programs, events, and website enhancements including a racing video produced by board member and chief marketing officer, Shaun Prestridge.

Another change that racers will find advantageous is the separation of planing boats from non-planing boats in the ULDB classes. Planing boats go faster in more wind in a way not covered by the basic PHRF handicap rating, Gibbs said. Separating them will provide more accurate corrected time results for racers.

Additionally, the sailing seminars NOSA has organized will be overhauled and improved by new board members Len Bose and Bruce Cooper. “There will be something for all levels of racers,” Bacon said.

Registration, NOR’s and much more about the history of the race and how to participate can be found at The race wraps with an award’s ceremony April 28 in the courtyard of the scenic Hotel Coral and Marina, our gracious hosts in Ensenada.

Cover Photo: Tom Walker



Current Standings and Results of Races 7, 8 and 9


NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA, September 19, 2018Newport Harbor Yacht Club (NHYC) is pleased to announce the opening of entries for its biennial Newport Beach, California to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico international yacht race starting March 15, 2019.  Information regarding the race and entry can be found on the event website

The 800 mile yacht race begins off the picturesque seaside city of Newport Beach, sending the boats racing down the Baja Peninsula to the spectacular finish off of Cabo San Lucas. The race is open to fully crewed monohull boats of 38’ or larger and multihull boats of 45’ or larger, specifics which are covered in the Notice of Race. Early entry fees of $900.00 are available until October 31, 2018. Originally run in 1971, the NHYC “Cabo Race” has provided offshore sailors a challenging downwind race to warmer waters for nearly 5 decades. Held during the same odd years as the TransPac Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, the Cabo Race attracts many of the same boats looking to maximize quality downwind racing on the West Coast. The members of NHYC are looking forward to seeing your entry soon.

Newport Harbor Yacht Club is situated on the Balboa Peninsula in Balboa, California. Located between Los Angeles and San Diego, Newport Beach offers one of the largest recreational boat harbors in the world; often referred to as the “Riviera of the West”, over 9000 boats make Newport Beach their port of call.

Club History
The history of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, established in 1916, has been intertwined with the development of the city of Newport Beach and its world-renowned yachting and recreational harbor. Since 1919 the club’s permanent home had been its historic-landmark front pavilion. The picturesque clubhouse had been remodeled and enlarged over the years but time had taken its toll. In 2017 the clubhouse was razed and a new building was built to provide a home for future generations of yachtsman. The new clubhouse opened in the Fall of 2018.

Dr. Albert Soiland, the Norwegian born founder and first commodore of the yacht club, was a man with an inborn love of sailing and the sea. He first saw Lower Newport Bay in 1906, when it was still the marshy estuary of the Santa Ana River. Familiar with the great ports of America and Europe, he dreamed of a future Newport Harbor.

Sharing Soiland’s harbor vision were the founders of the new city of Newport Beach, incorporated in the summer of 1906 with a year-round population of 230 people. Old-timers among them looked back to the nineteenth century when, for two decades, Newport Landing on the inner shores of the bay had been used by lumber schooners as a shipping port. Because of shallow, shifting channels and the unprotected entrance at Corona del Mar, navigation was dangerous and uncertain. After repeated attempts to interest the federal government in harbor reclamation had failed, this pioneer enterprise was moved in 1889 from the bay to McFadden’s ocean wharf where it flourished through the 1890’s.

Formation of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club in 1916 strengthened local confidence at a time when plans were at last under way for the first harbor improvement projects financed by Newport Beach and Orange County. Within a few years the Santa Ana River was diverted from the Lower Bay, channels were dredged, and a short west jetty was constructed at the entrance. Newport Beach business and professional leaders took pride in the new yacht club. A number of them signed up as charter members. When the former pavilion had been freshly painted and renovated as the new clubhouse, it became a nucleus of social and civic life in the little peninsula community.

Early Newport Bay reclamation projects were to prove disappointing. The task was too great and had barely begun. Money was scarce. County-wide support was lacking. Throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s, however, Newport Harbor Yacht Club members joined every movement for government-financed harbor development. By their example and enthusiasm, they and increasing numbers of other boat owners awakened public interest in water-related activities of all kinds. Yachting grew rapidly despite the limitations of the bay’s treacherous entrance, its sandbars, and its tidal flats. Yacht club events and boat parades drew thousands of enthusiastic spectators from all over southern California.

The long struggle for the creation of Newport Harbor ended with the final major jetty extension, dredging, and landfill projects completed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1936. In May of that year, the Newport Harbor Yacht Club hosted the largest and most joyous celebration in the town’s thirty-year history. This dedication of Newport Harbor, with its safe entrance and deep channels, was the turning point in the history of the city. A glorious new half century began for Newport Harbor Yacht Club.

For more information about the Cabo Race please call Laurel Dinwiddie at 949-723-6870, or email at

Newport Harbor Yacht Club

720 West Bay Ave. Balboa, CA 92661-1123

San Diego YC Sinks the Competition at 2018 Resolute Cup

NEWPORT, R.I. – America’s sailing capital saved the best for last, and so did San Diego Yacht Club, which won the 2018 Resolute Cup with error-free sailing when it counted most. With three strong results in the double-points medal round, the team representing the SDYC, skipper Tyler Sinks with crew Nick Martin, Nick Kaschack and Max Hutchinson, moved up the sxcoreboard from fourth, after the preliminary round of 12 races, to win the fifth edition of the Corinthian championship for U.S. yacht clubs.

“I don’t think we were winning the regatta at any point until this afternoon,” said Sinks (right), moments after stepping ashore. “It’s all about peaking at the right time. The team really held it together when the pressure was on and rose to the occasion.”

The Resolute Cup was first run in 2010 as the U.S. Qualifying Series for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. The biennial regatta, which is sailed out of the New York Yacht Club Harbor Court, has since developed an identity of its own as yacht clubs from around the United States send their best amateur sailors to Newport, R.I., to compete for national bragging rights in addition to a potential trip to the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, sailing’s premiere international Corinthian big-boat regatta. The 2018 Resolute Cup will be sailed in the New York Yacht Club’s fleet of 23-foot Sonars. With provided sails, equalized rig tune and a regular boat rotation, it’s a true one-design event. The regatta takes place Sept. 10 to 15 and is sponsored by AIG Private Client Group and Helly Hansen. The final two days of the event were broadcast live via Facebook.

The race committee’s goal at the beginning of the final day was to run four full-fleet races and then move into the double-points medal round for the top half of the 28-boat fleet. But the weather, as it had for much of the four-day regatta, had other ideas. The northerly breeze evaporated after one lap of the first race and the sea breeze didn’t fill in until after noon. At that point, it was too late to start any full-fleet races so the organizing authority moved straight into the medal round, sending the bottom 14 teams to the docks and doubling the stakes.

The sea breeze finally filled in early afternoon, rewarding the 14 remaining teams with the best conditions of the week. In Race 1 of the medal round, when regatta leader Austin (Texas) Yacht Club was called over the starting line early, it immediately opened the door for the handful of teams waiting in the wings. San Diego was the first to pounce, taking a second in the opening medal round race behind Shelter Island Yacht Club (Shelter Island Heights, N.Y.), which started the medal round in 12th and wasn’t likely to factor into the final podium standings. Scott Young and Austin Yacht Club bounced back with a hard-fought second of their own in the second race, ensuring San Diego would have to be on their game in the deciding race of the regatta.

As in the first race, however, Austin Yacht Club hit the accelerator a second or two early in Race 3 and was forced to restart, giving San Diego Yacht Club and the rest of the fleet a huge lead.

“We heard that [Austin Yacht Club] was over early,” said Sinks. “But ultimately we sail best when we focus on ourselves. Nick Martin did a great job keeping us in the pressure and on the lifted tack. Nick Kaschak was doing a beautiful job trimming. And really when you focus on yourself everything else kind of works itself out. We weren’t too concerned with the other boats, but we knew what they were doing and where they were.”

Young and his crew, John Morran and 1992 Olympic silver medalist Doug Kern, did their best to make a match of it, pulling back into the middle of the pack by the final leg to the finish. But getting past a San Diego Yacht Club crew that was now content to play defense, and putting the necessary four boats in between them, was a bridge too far. Austin, in it’s second turn at the Resolute Cup, had to settle for second, with Eastern right behind in third. Storm Trysail Club (Larchmont, N.Y.), Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club and Coral Reef Yacht Club (Coconut Grove, Fla.) rounded out the top six.

Eastern skipper Bill Lynn is both the first champion of the Resolute Cup, and the only person to have sailed in all five editions. He’s seen first hand how the competition has evolved from it’s original purpose, which was solely to qualify a team for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

“Initially it was focused on the Invitational Cup and you tended to have teams that had that goal in mind,” says Lynn. “There’s a lot of great yacht clubs around this country–with really, really good sailors–that don’t necessarily have the resources and the depth of talent to sign up for the Invitational Cup and they stayed away [from the Resolute Cup]. Now that it’s turned into a standalone event it seems like it’s attracting a really good depth of talent from clubs that we haven’t seen before.”

San Diego, one of three U.S. yacht clubs to have successfully defended the America’s Cup, is no stranger to big regattas. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the club on the line for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup next year, nor would be it shocking to see the club mirror Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans), which followed up its win in the 2016 Resolute Cup with a win in the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to put together some money and make it back here next September,” said Sinks.

2018 Resolute Cup
New York Yacht Club Harbour Court
Newport, R.I.
Final Standings
Top 10 After 12 Preliminary Races, with one throwout [in brackets],
and three double-point medal round races, in bold
Click here for complete results

1. San Diego Yacht Club, 2-[11]-2-bye-7-1-6-bye-9-10-4-bye-4-6-10, 61; 2. Austin (Texas) Yacht Club, [14]-bye-5-5-1-bye-13-1-3-1-bye-4-20-4-12, 69; 3. Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.) bye-7-4-4-bye-8-1-11-2-[12]-3-bye-6-16-14, 76; 4. Storm Trysail Club (Larchmont, N.Y.) 9-3-1-bye-9-4-2-bye-bye-8-[11]-8-14-12-8, 78; 5. Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club, 3-13-bye-17-3-11-bye-13-6-4-bye-6-12-14-2, 7. Coral Reef Yacht Club (Coconut Grove, Fla.) 1-8-bye-[15]-4-14-bye-10-bye-3-5-10-8-20-4, 87; 7. The San Francisco Yacht Club (Belvedere, Calif.) 8-1-8-bye-5-2-5-bye-[10]-bye-1-9-26-2-22, 89; 8. Corinthian Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.) 17-4-3-bye-14-7-9-bye-8-11-bye-3-10-8-24, 101; 9. Shelter Island Yacht Club (Shelter Island Heights, N.Y.), 13-bye-7-1-6-bye-10-9-bye-[14]-14-13-2-22-6, 103; 10. St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco), 4-15-bye-2-17-3-bye-[19]-4-5-bye-15-16-18-18, 117.

Competing Clubs in the 2018 Resolute Cup

American Yacht Club (Rye, N.Y.), Austin (Texas) Yacht Club, Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit), Carolina Yacht Club (Charleston, S.C.), Chicago Yacht Club, The Cleveland Yachting Club (Rocky River, Ohio), Club Nautico de San Juan (Puerto Rico), Coral Reef Yacht Club (Miami), Corinthian Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.), Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.), Fort Worth (Texas) Boat Club, Houston Yacht Club (La Porte, Texas), Indian Harbor Yacht Club (Greenwich, Conn.) Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club (Blue Hill, Maine), Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club, Nantucket (Mass.) Yacht Club, New Bedford Yacht Club (South Dartmouth, Mass.), New York Yacht Club, Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Newport Beach, Calif.), Rush Creek Yacht Club (Heath, Texas), Sachem’s Head Yacht Club (Guilford, Conn.), San Diego Yacht Club, The San Francisco Yacht Club (Belvedere, Calif.), Sandusky (Ohio) Sailing Club, Seattle Yacht Club, Shelter Island Yacht Club (Shelter Island Heights, N.Y.), St. Francis Yacht Club (St. Francisco), Storm Trysail Club (Larchmont, N.Y.)

Photo credits: Paul Todd/OUTSIDEIMAGES.COM (3), Courtesy of Erik Storck