2019 Ensenada Race Wrap Up

International Winners and the Quest for VMG
Take Center Stage at N2E 72

ENSENADA, Mexico., April 28, 2019 – The International aspect of the 72nd annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race took on a whole new meaning today when Alive, Australian-based the Reichel Pugh 66, took home the NOSA Trophy for overall best elapsed time, the Amigo an Trophy awarded to a first-time skipper and the Lahaina Yacht Club Trophy for best elapsed time all PHRF. Luke Watkins, who accepted the hardware on behalf of skipper Duncan Hine and boat owner Phil Turner, also carved out a chunk of the race board; likely to be the only TSA approved-souvenir of the race.

Adding to the international element, the crew were a mix of Australians and New Zealanders with a Dutch navigator and an Italian bowman.

“It was a great race – light winds – but we managed to find a few holes and had a strong finish,” said Watkins. “We are happy to have stayed in front of the TP 52’s.”

Having won the classic 2018 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race this past December, it appears the boat, sailing for the Derwent Sailing Squadron in Tasmania, has a history of strong finishes.

David Nelson’s ID35 Kite 35 made another strong showing, stealthily returning to the podium this year to collect the USA Secretary of Navy Trophy ULDB-C for the third time in six years. Representing the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, Nelson said: “the race was tricky as heck, but we just looked to sail the shortest possible course, going just outside the Coronado’s for a bit, then jibed into shore and staying left.”

“VMG all the way and just drive,” proclaimed his navigator. “Teamwork was on point and we had a lot of fun,” Nelson said of his six-man crew, that included his son.

For many, this lighter-winds race, finding VMG (Velocity Made Good) was the difference between winning or ending up experiencing VNDG (Velocity No Dang Good) instead.

VMG, for those who do not speak sailor, is all about finding the heading that moves the boat fastest toward the finish line.

How to do that is made easier with today’s new instrumentation, but there’s more to consider depending on the individual characteristics of one’s boat.

“You know what you want to do, whether or not you can do it is another story,” said Nelson,

Stepping up for the Newport Beach and US-based competitors was Vesper, one the TP 52’ s that Alive managed to stay ahead of, which absolutely nailed VMG.

The Tommy Bahama Trophy for the Best Overall Corrected Time, the President of USA Trophy for Best Corrected – All PHRF, the President of Mexico Trophy for Best Corrected – Maxi Class and the Jack Bailee Trophy for Best Corrected Newport Beach Club will now be gracing the trophy case of the spectacular new Newport Harbor Yacht Club, no TSA clearance or international shipping required.

Skipper David Team credited his navigator Chad Hough for making the right calls. “At one time it looked bad, but we stayed outside and stuck with the strategy,” said Team.

Although this might have been the team’s first N2E on Vesper, the crew sails a lot together and they practice a lot together, said crew Paul Marshall. Many of the crew started sailing with junior programs and started racing with their Dads. Having also won First in Class at Long Beach Race week last year, the experience and the teamwork seems to be paying off.

Jim Bailey’s Destroyer, another TP 52, placed second in the Maxi-Class and contributed to NHYC’s win of the Spirit of Ensenada Trophy for the yacht club for having the most winners, at five.

Adding a touch of international flair, was Terri Manock’s all-female entry on Pole Dancer. Her crewmembers were originally Irish, Canadian, and a New Zealander although only one Idaho resident flew in to help the women not only win the Caroline Starr Trophy for Best Corrected All Female Crew, but the Carlos Avila Escoto Best Corrected J120. “We stayed out of the fray and got a good start;” said Manock. “It was a long race, but had a wonderful group of ladies to sail with.”

Robert Knox of Seahorse, a Beneteau 49 and his rugby crew won the Secretary of Foreign Relations – Mexico Trophy for Best Elapsed Time – Cruz. The former Australian teammates caught the sailing bug when they moved to Southern California. After not doing well in their first boat, Merlin, they moved up and found success. The men picked up the same trophy last year.

BCYC’s own Dan Rosen, sailing the B32 Problem Child, once again lived up to its name, being a problem for anyone who dares enter in the double-handed category, winning the Volvo Best Corrected – Double Handed Trophy for the eighth race in a row. Rosen sailed this year with Peter Heck, a respected local sailor with a lot of experience winning on Maxi-class boats.

Also returning to the podium was Joe Markee of Ohana. The 55 Swede moved up classes this year to PHRF-B and takes home the Cliff Chapman Best Corrected -PHRF B Trophy to San Diego Yacht Club. “We had to figure out how far out to be to find the sweet spot for the boat to catch the breeze early,” said Markee. The older yet lean family cruiser does better in downwind conditions, but they clearly made the most of the available winds.

Cheerio II did not catch good winds until the final stretch.

“It was absolutely terrifying,” said skipper Dick McNish about crossing the finish at a little over 10 knots in an 88-year-old-boat designed to handle only 6! “The spinnaker was up; it was wild; we rushed to get it down,” after crossing the finish late Saturday afternoon. 91-year old McNish and his eight-man crew will once again take the Ensenada Chamber of Commerce Trophy Best Corrected PHFR E back to Corinthian Pacific Yacht Club where preparation will soon be underway for the 42nd Annual McNish Classic Yacht Race.

Andy Schwenk, of northwest rigging, a marine outfitter in Anacortes, WA, flew in to sail the race on Staghound. Although the boat did not do as well as it has in previous years when asked about dealing with lighter winds, Schwenk said there was nothing to complain about; “We are so blessed to be able to do this.”

At a NOSA luncheon, Saturday, Jared Gutierrez, International Press spokesperson for Mayor Marco A. Novelo Osuna also spoke about being grateful.

“It all started with an idea; today is about being grateful for all the history and the work that those before us have done (to make the race successful) and being grateful for simply having the opportunity to be a part of this event, and being grateful for the opportunities the future holds and our abilities to take action,” said Gutierrez.

No matter the wind.



WHAT: Sailing enthusiasts are converging on Newport Beach in final preparation for Friday’s 72nd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. Slips are filling, mooring balls are being grabbed and racers and guests will mix and mingle at the pre-race party this evening. At yesterday’s Yachtsman’s Luncheon, one attendee reported sailing the race 43 times. Speaker Keith Magnusson, of Ullman sails, said the race is a great opportunity to put cell phones down, to get away from daily distractions and do a little star gazing. But the race is. On.

NEW: Class breaks include ULBD or non-ULDB boats to create more competitive classes.

THEY’RE BACK: A trio of races will hit the start line off the Balboa Pier. In addition to the classic N2E, racers on the N2SD course will be San Diego bound and N2DP is the sprint course to Dana Point.

YB Tracking: was so popular with racers last year, and an amazing safety feature, each boat will sail with one again. After the start, head over to nosa.org or download the app to watch the boats sail down the coast.

FROM ABOVE: A drone, capturing live footage of the start will air with commentary on the race’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NewportToEnsenada starting about 10:30 a.m. You don’t have to leave your desk to watch, but hey, get out in the fresh air; join the crowd at the end of the pier. If you are not sailing, get your steps in!

LOOK FOR: Alive, a Reichel Pugh 66 is making its race debut. Formerly Stark Raving Mad, this boat has the lowest rating at –147. Remember, the current record-holder for fastest elapsed time in a monohull belongs to Aszhou, a R/P 63. These Australian-built boats are fast. Conversely, Sir Tuffy, a 38-Alberg, has a rating of +235. Handicap wise, that’s like giving Sir Tuffy a 14-hour head start.

BACKGROUND:  First run in 1948, the N2E has a storied history of mixing professional racers, the occasional celebrity and a raft of fun-loving but competitive recreational sailors all on one amazingly exciting start line. Through the years it has become a time-honored, iconic event for the City of Newport Beach, the City of Ensenada and sailing enthusiasts who come from across the country, and from two other countries to compete.  More than 40 trophy categories in monohull, multihull and cruising classes give this race a wide appeal.

Come visit us at the Newport Beach Boat Show April 25 – 28, 2019

Starting today through Sunday at Lido Isle in Newport Beach

We are located at the end of B Dock and have three boats on display!

1965 25 ft Lyman Sleeper
2005 31 ft Pacific Seacraft 31

NOSA Welcomes Dignitaries at Annual Mayor’s Reception

Traditional event means the start of N2E 72 is just hours away!

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 24, 2018 – The Newport Ocean Sailing Association will celebrate more than seven decades of friendship and teamwork integral to the ongoing success of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race Thursday, April 25 at the annual Mayor’s Reception.
The 5 p.m. festivities, at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, help commemorate this 72-year-old iconic event; an amazing example of how cooperation between our two neighboring countries is beneficial to all when we work together.

Commodore Daniel Hodge will host officials from both namesake cities and extends an invitation to all participating boat owners to come to meet and celebrate those responsible for continuing the traditions of this iconic race and for making it happen year after year. There is much behind-the-scenes planning by organizers in both countries who conquer distance, language barriers and ever-changing policies, procedures, and laws so all sailors need to do is show up and race.  

“We are excited to welcome the biggest contingency of Mexican officials ever,” said Hodge. “It’s unprecedented – a sign of not only how amazing things happen when we work together, but it’s also an indication about how important our race is to the City of Ensenada; we’re not only contributing to its economic prosperity, we’re part of its history and its future.”

Mayor Diane Brooks Dixon and Marco Antonio Novelo, the Mayor of
Ensenada will be joined by the following:

Congresswomen Monica Almeida Lopez, Congressman Jaime Humberto
Perez Bernabe, Congressman Julio Carranza Areas, and Congressman
Juan Ortiz Guarneros, all members of the Marina Commission; Almeida-
Lopez is the commission president.

Along with; Carlos Manuel Luna Herrera, Delegate of Immigration in
Ensenada, Captain Daniel A. Maass Michel, Ensenada Harbormaster, DavidPerez Tejada Padilla, Customs and Port Administrator of Ensenada, Oscar
Escobedo Carignan, Secretary of Tourism, Baja California, ALMT. C.G. Dem Jose Luis Cruz Ballado, Commander; Naval Region 2a, International Affairs
Director, Jared Gutierrez Lopez, and other respected officials for whom
NOSA is grateful for their attendance.

These guests and others will then join NOSA board members on a
Hornblower dinner cruise, and later attend the Sail Away party with race
participants at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

The annual event honoring our valued City Officials and our partners south
of the border “shows a commitment to working together with the ultimate goal of returning this premier event to the anticipation and participation of yesteryear,” said Hodge.


Multiple Pre-Race Events Scheduled Wednesday and Thursday 

WHAT: Hosted by the Newport Ocean Racing Association, the beloved Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is an eclectic mix of serious sailors campaigning multi-million-dollar yachts racing alongside recreational cruisers in an effort to break records, win one of more than 40 trophies and participate in this iconic race known for its camaraderie and the promotion of ocean sailing. 

First up is the Yachtsman’s Luncheon Wednesday, April 24, at the beautiful new Newport Harbor Yacht Club, at 720 W Bay Ave, Newport Beach. Starts at 11:30 a.m. RSVP required. Once again, the keynote speakers are Bruce Cooper & Keith Magnussen of Ullman Sails.

Later Thursday is the annual Mayor’s Reception at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach at 5 p.m. Not only will the Mayor of both host cities be at this event, two dozen dignitaries from Mexico, Congresswomen Monica Almeida Lopez, Congressman Jaime Humberto Perez Bernabe, Congressman Julio Carranza Areas, Congressman Juan Ortiz Guarneros, all members of the Marina Commission and International Affairs Director, Jared Gutierrez Lopez will attend. A complete list of attendees is available upon request.

NEW:Jerry Fiat’s LUX, an AC45, is a former Oracle training boat. The boat launched earlier this month in Long Beach where Team China is racing it as part of their training for Sail GP in San Francisco May 4. It’s the first of its kind to enter the race; the first to attempt to do a coastal race of any kind. Renowned sailor, yacht designer, and industry influencer Pete Melvin will be aboard. Melvin won N2E in 2014 aboard the 30-foot multihull Mama Tried

Sailing in the unlimited class against the AC45 is the Oceanis 40, A Bell A Boy. The last-minute entry from Mexico was unable to secure a rating to enable them to race in a more suitable class. Organizers are calling the matchup a classic “Tortoise and Hare” scenario that will make for one of the most interesting starts in race history.  

Orion, an ORMA70, holds the record for fastest elapsed time on the 125-NM course at 5:17:26. 

WJY New Listing

1965 25 ft Lyman Sleeper


New Listing! Bella is Gorgeous and she’s been babied to perfection.
She’s a collectors dream turning heads where ever she goes. Great for harbor and lake cruising. 

Memories are sure to be made on this classic boat. Listed by our Yachtsman, Jerry Koch.


Link to Walter Johnson Yachts for more information.

WILLIAMS CAPTURES FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL CUP WIN LBYC’S Scott Dickson takes second, over Canfield & Berntsson

LONG BEACH, CALIF. 7 APRIL 2019 — Ian Williams (GBR) and Team GAC Pindar have captured their fourth Congressional Cup win, over Scott Dickson (USA) in final races of the five day series, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club, here today. Taylor Canfield (USA) defeated Johnie Berntsson (SWE) in petit finals for third place.

Williams admitted to a slow start at the Cup, which began Wednesday April 3. “We were not really on our game on Day One,” he noted of his sixth place finish. “I haven’t sailed in a monohull since this regatta last year.”

“But it’s always about just being good enough to get through. As long as you get through each round, and build momentum; that’s how match race regattas work. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

After warming up in the California sunshine, Team GAC Pindar began stealthily climbing up the leaderboard, securing a spot in the semi-finals by Day Three. “I’ve got a fantastic team, but we are new together, and hadn’t sailed as a group, so it took a few days to get the team gelling.” Their final 11-match winning streak included swiftly eliminating Canfield in the semis, and striking Dickson out in the finals.

His victory over rival Canfield was particularly sweet.“ Taylor and I have dominated the Congressional Cup since 2011; He’d won four, we’d only won three. So we wanted to catch up.”

His fourth Crimson blazer puts him in an elite league with Canfield, Rod Davis, Gavin Brady and Peter Holmberg. No-one has won more than four … yet.

Williams credited his crew, saying, “Our success has been the focus on the team, getting the guys working together; getting the most out of all the different individuals on the boat, working toward their strengths.” He added, “We have nine and one half children between us, with one on the way. It was all about ‘Dad power’ we think.”

Even as Williams was climbing up the leaderboard, so was LBYC’s own Scott Dickson, a longtime member, director and competitor.

“I’m so pleased for Scotty that he made it to the final,” said Williams. “It’s one of those situations where, if you lose, as long as you’ve given it your best shot, we’d be disappointed, but pleased for Scotty. Not as bad as perhaps some other losses might have been.”

“He’s (Dickson) such a great guy and such a great competitor. And we love the club and really feel the passion for him and his team. We saw it as a win-win, so we didn’t feel the pressure, we just wanted to go out and give it our best”

Were the cheers of Dickson’s fans daunting? “We’ve had many years of rivalry in Sweden and a lot of crowd cheering against us. We expect the locals to cheer for their hometown favorite. It’s just our job to silence the crowd.”

Only twice has a member of LBYC won the Congressional Cup: Tommy Pickard, in 1971 and in 1981, Rod Davis. Prevalently a west coast championship at the start, once the first Canadian team was invited in 1969, it broadened into a major international event. Since the late 1980s, the trophy has been etched with the names of sailors from around the globe.

Racing so well against top tier teams, Dickson said, made him feel pride for his teammates. “These are all local guys you’ll see sailing and coaching out here on Tuesday and Wednesday nights,” he stressed, “the exact same crew we had last year. I think we’ve finally matured as a team and are getting comfortable operating at this level, against a full field of world-class sailors. They sailed so well, and were very quick around the course. I’m super proud of them.”

He had remained cool headed during the series, at times comical. “We agreed I made all my mistakes in one race, so we got that out of the way!” he joked on Thursday.

Later, after the loss, he remarked, “We came out today with all guns blazing. But I might have left one in the holster, because I shot myself in the foot.” Even as he lapped the Belmont Pier at the end of today’s racing, he was beaming; finishing above some of the top ranked match race sailors in the world, like Canfield (11) Berntsson (13) , Harry Price (AUS) (3) Maxime Mesnil (FRA) (5) Dackhammer (7) and Will Boulden (AUS) (9).

This morning, after three weeks of favorable sailing conditions for LBYC’s Butler Cup, Ficker Cup and early Congressional Cup racing, it appeared someone had pulled the plug on the Long Beach wind machine. After a short postponement, the breeze filled in, and capped at 12 knots.

Finally, it was ‘hammer time.’ Nicklas Dackhammer, the last-place finisher in the Congressional Cup Round Robins, won the Fleet Race, which is held for the skippers eliminated in Stage One. He’ll go home $2,000US richer – and with a copy of Arthur Knapp Jr.’s book Sail Your Boat Right.

Berntsson had dominated Stage One racing but that rarely guarantees victory in the Congressional Cup finals. Last year, Dean Barker routed the competition in Round Robins, but fell to Canfield in the finals. In 2017 Berntsson again topped the qualifying round, but the blazer went to Williams; while in 2016, Canfield won the Cup, although it was Phil Robertson (NZL) who triumphed in Stage One.

Although 16-2 in the Round Robins, Berntsson was unable to follow through, losing to Dickson in the semis and Canfield in the petit finals.

Canfield, who is a new member of LBYC, took third, saying, “It was a hard loss for us yesterday, but we lost to a great team.”

He continued, “We’re proud to see Scotty on the podium: second and third for LBYC is an amazing result. We’re so proud to be representing this great club, and look forward to representing Long Beach Yacht Club in the America’s Cup in Auckland,” referring to the Stars & Stripes Team USA campaign.

Notable on the podium was the presence of Sally Barkow, an accomplished Olympic, grand prix and offshore sailor, and main-trimmer on Canfield’s boat. Barkow is possibly the first woman to grace the stage in the 55 year history of Congressional Cup. Barkow competed in Congressional Cup with her own team in 2016: only the fourth all-women team following JJ Fetter Isler (1993, 1996) and Betsy Alison (1999).

“This has been a great experience,” said Barkow. “It’s fun, I feel like I belong and I’m contributing to the team. It’s not so much new to me, but it shows there’s still a massive gap in this sport, when you’re talking about making it gender equal.’

“For sure I feel treated part of the team, and very respected. It’s not about if you’re male or female, it’s about if you’re good enough to do the job. That’s been very clear, with this group especially and that’s what we’re here to do.”

Commodore Camille Daniels, a longtime sailboat racer, noted “There are organizations like WIMRA (Women’s International Match Racing Association) and events helping women come up the level you have to be at to compete in this field. And fortunately, Sally is at that level. I invited her to compete in 2016.”

Daniels is the first woman commodore in the 90 history of LBYC. “I’ve been a member of LBYC since 1980, I’ve paid my dues.”

“Being commodore is a huge honor, but it’s never something I aspired to do. But as the opportunity presented itself, I realized how important it was for the other women of the club. To know they can have the same opportunity in the future. That our club is getting progressive: ‘Honoring tradition and embracing transition.’ It’s poignant to me, that as a Staff Commodore of the club I will always have a voice, representing the women of the club. That’s really huge to me.”

“This is my favorite week of the year,” Daniels added, and she’s not the only one. More than 300 volunteers turn out to run and host this first-rate sailing event.

“What an amazing job Long Beach Yacht Club does, of putting the this regatta – it’s truly unique,” said Williams, as he donned the Crimson Blazer on stage.

“First, the racing is not compromised. The Club puts such a huge effort into making sure the racing is top notch. And that’s why we love coming back. I’ve never walked away feeling done in by bad racing or bad calls. If we’ve lost we deserved to lose, if we’ve won we’ve deserved to win.”

“Second thing is, the amazingly friendly welcome that everyone gets. Everybody. Whether you crash peoples cars, whether you set fire to their houses, they still welcome you back,” he laughed, adding, “It wasn’t us, by the way, we haven’t done that! But whatever you do, they seem to welcome you back and that friendly reception is absolutely unique in all the world.”

The Congressional Cup is one of the leading match race events in the sport, bringing top talent from around the globe to compete in this exciting one-on-one competition. Established in 1965 by the Long Beach Yacht Club, it is recognized as the “grandfather” of match racing, pioneering the concept of on-the-water umpiring 30 years ago.

information visit www.thecongressionalcup.com.