NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jan. 24, 2019 – To give racers the opportunity to sail with boats that perform most similar to their own at the upcoming Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, officials will create ULDB and non-ULDB classes.
The Newport Ocean Sailing Association, organizers of the coastal classic, typically provides tight class breaks simply because it is a major event with a lot of boats. But the separation of planing and non-planing boats will account for the large variety of sailboats that perform very differently from each other when wind conditions change.
For participants, tighter ratings mean that sailing skills will have more effect on the outcome than random weather events, which of course means more fun and well-earned wins. “This is just one of several innovations we are adding to this year’s Newport to Ensenada race,” said Commodore Daniel Hodge. “Quality of race results is important to a lot of our participants. It cannot be called fair handicapping when the wind picks up and the light boats in your class take off.
We think the new ULDB classes will provide for much better racing.” The 72nd running of the iconic N2E includes a choice of three courses to meet every sailor’s skill level, distance goals, desires, and capabilities; Newport to En senada (N2E), Newport to San Diego (N2SD), and Newport to Dana Point (N2DP). Trophies are awarded to racers in more than 40 classes of cruisers, multihulls, monohulls; ocean and nearshore sailboats or every type. There’s something for everybody.