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N2E Update: Junior Sailors help Mighty Merloe Tune-Up for N2E

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 24, 2018 – The 71st Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is just three days away, but before Mighty Merloecrosses the start line in hopes of setting yet another record, the ORMA 60 championed by owner HL Enloe, will be making a pit stop at Newport Harbor Yacht Club for a playdate.

For the past few years, Mighty Merloe, and its remarkable crew have been systematically checking off best elapse time records in almost every long distance yacht race in California like they’re running down a shopping list.

SD to Puerto Vallarta   – check
NYHC to Cabo             – check
SoCal 300                    – check
Islands Race                – check
TransPac                      – check

N2E might be the only record Mighty Merloe does not hold. But according to Mighty’s longtime Sailing and Technical Team Member Will Suto, the massive trimaran’s tune-up run before Friday’s race will be manned by kids.

In what is becoming a mighty good tradition, the boat and crew will spend the afternoon of April 26 inspiring NHYC’s junior sailors. It will be the third time that Mighty Merloe has spent the day entertaining and educating the small sailors about the sport of big boat racing. About 20 kids will have the chance to get out on the water and see what it takes to sail a record-breaking boat.

It’s rare for the juniors to sail on large boats, much less a big fast trimaran like Mighty Merloe, said Suto. As long as the weather cooperates and there are no malfunctions or boat issues that need to be remedied before N2E’s start on Friday, the plan is to take six of the young sailors out at a time.

Although the boat is large, the kids do not all go at once as the boat is quite sensitive to weight and weight distribution. And everyone wants a turn. Last year, the kids were all smiles; steering the boat, working winches, and riding on the bow, said Suto. For safety purposes, the boat won’t be run full out, but at about 19-20 knots, it will certainly go fast enough to be memorable.

Mighty Merloe

According to Cara Vavolotis, NHYC’s junior sailing director, fun events things like this, which are super exciting for the kids, is one of the best parts of her job. Compared to the Naples Sabot and the CFJ’s the kids usually sail, Mighty Merloe is super-fast. But not only are the kids thrilled at the speed, it’s the entire experience, Vavolotis said. They get to spend time with an international crew; they get to drive, grind and trim the sails,” she said. “It’s all very exciting.”

Suto said when on the water, the crew is usually focused on boat handling, performance, boat speed, and racing. It’s a nice and rare chance for the team to have fun.  “We love sailing our boat, so it is always special to share the experience, particularly with the younger generation,” he said.  Not only do the kids look forward to the sailing event, so do the crew and Mr. Enloe. At 82 years young, Enloe is considered a pioneer of multihull sailing in Southern California. “It seems especially poetic that he’s making the effort to share the experience with the next generation,” Suto said.

Howard Enloe is a devout multihuller. With the ORMA 60, Mighty Merloe, he’s spreading his big-multihull stoke on the West Coast.

The real hero, besides the kids, is the boat, said Mr. Enloe who also reports the crew’s anticipation of the annual event and sharing the multi-hull sailing experience. Suto hopes that the experience will inspire the novice sailors, some of whom might be sailing boats that are even bigger and faster in the future.  With some exposure to the sport, you never know where the kids will take it.

Surprisingly, Mr. Enloe did not learn to sail until he was 60 years old. “22 years later we’re setting records and having fun,” he said.

But come Friday, the crew’s back to business. According to Suto, Enloe structures his crew with a mix of seasoned veterans, ambitious young professionals, and adventurous Corinthians, all of whom are onboard to break N2E’s elapsed time record. Orion, Tom Siebel’s 70-foot ORMA set the record time of 5:17:26  in 2016 after a 125-mile dual with Mighty Merloe.

After a year off, Orion and crew are back to defend their record. With their sparring partner back on the water, look for Enloe, Suto, and crew to be rested after a day of play yet more driven to check that last box off their Ensenada shopping list.


Mighty Merloe Sets new Puerto Vallarta Race Record

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March 5, 2018

2 days, 3 hours, 58 minutes, 21 seconds





Mighty Merloe Sets Transpac Multihull Course Record, finishing three hours ahead of Thornburg’s Phaedo 3

From the North Sails Website:

When HL Enloe brought his Orma 60, Mighty Merloe, to California, he set a new bar for speed that was not only striking but rather inconvenient. “In the beginning, we convinced race committees to let us enter, and not surprisingly we’d reach the finish line days ahead of the fleet. With no witnesses present, we called in our finish time and that was that,” recalled Steve Calder, a long-time crew member on Mighty Merloe and a sail designer at North Sails.

Now five years later, the SoCal offshore racing scene is fully onboard. Under yesterday’s afternoon sun, Mighty Merloe sailed the last hundred miles to Hawaii to finish the 2017 Transpac Race first in a class of five maxi trimarans, setting a new elapsed time-to-beat for multihulls: 4 days, 7 hours, 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

“The enthusiasm Enloe has put into this program really opened a door to multihull sailing in Southern California,” said Patrick Murray, the North Sails Expert in San Diego, who manages the inventory for Mighty Merloe.”

“This is an important record because it will be hard to break, but also because the team has put in so much these past few years. The Transpac Record has been an important goal for everyone.”

Together, Patrick and Steve Calder spend time sailing with the crew and then use the North design tools to maximize the Orma 60’s performance potential.

READ MORE…………………………..

Photo Credit: Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing

MIGHTY MERLOE AND COMANCHE SET NEW RACE RECORDS IN 2017 TRANSPAC New multihull and monohull marks established


New multihull and monohull marks established

HONOLULU, HI – Due to wind conditions veteran navigator Stan Honey described as a “surprisingly strong breeze,” both the multihull and the monohull first-to-finish race records have fallen in the 2017 Transpac. Over a 2225-mile course that starts from Pt Fermin in Los Angeles and ends at Diamond Head in Honolulu,

H.L. Enroe’sORMA 60 trimaran Mighty Merloe crossed the finish line first at 5:02:30 PM Hawaii Standard Time (HST) for an elapsed time of 4 days 6 hours 32 min 30 sec, a full 26.5 hours faster than the previous mark set in 1997 by Bruno Peyron and his team on Commodore Explorer.

The Mighty Merloe team at last at rest – photo Dave Livingstone/TPYC

Racing with Enroe was a highly-seasoned crew of offshore sailors, including Steve Calder, Jay Davis, Artie Means, Loic Peyron, Franck Priffit, Will Suto and Jacques Vincent.

 In crossing the finish 3 and 6 hours later, respectively, even the next two boats to finish, Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD 70 Phaedo and Giovanni Soldini’s MOD 70 Maserati, also broke this record.


The next boat to come over the eastern horizon into the Molakai Channel towards the finish was Jim Clark’s 100-footer Comanche, and at 11:55:26 local time, they too decisively established a new course record for monhulls with an elapsed time of 5 days 1 hour 55 min 26 sec. This new record is half a day faster than the previous mark set in 2009 by Neville Crichton’s R/P 90 Alfa Romeo II.
Comanche en route to the finish at Diamond Head – photo Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing

Skipper Ken Read had high praise for the team, saying “This was the perfect boat with the perfect crew. We did a lot of work to mode this boat to the lowest safety limits of stability and to minimize the weight wherever possible.” This included crew, with only 15 on board (“one for every handle on the grinders”), and sails, which is ironic given that Read is President of North Sails: for this trip the inventory was reduced to a main, masthead Code 0, three jibs two staysails, and – amazingly – only one A3 spinnaker. For an offshore greyhound of this size, its several crew and sails less than normal.

“This was another proof of concept for this boat,” he continued. “we can adapt it to be competitive in any race around the world. We are all just stunned at what this boat can do.”


For navigator Stan Honey this was his 7th first-to-finish achievement in Transpac, and the 4th time he has helped win the Elapsed Time Record Trophy (aka The Clock Trophy) as navigator. The hands on the clock on this trophy will now be set to the new record time.


In addition to Read and Honey, racing on Comanche was Nicholas Burridge, Richard Clarke, Justin Clougher, Julien Cressant, Shannon Falcone, Warwick Fleury, Ryan Godfrey, Kelvin Harrap, Anthony Mutter, Louis Sinclair, Casey Smith, Peter van Niekerk, and John Von Schwarz.


Meanwhile, blogs from boats a little further from Hawaii have been entertaining us ashore, with the content coming now at greater breadth and depth since the boats are more flat and the conditions more benign. Here is an example from John Miller’s Beneteau 46Tropic Thunder, who started on Monday last week with Division 7 and gives us a slice of life aboard:
Inez, Morgan and Lalo on Tropic Thunder

“We have been sailing 7 straight days as of 1 pm today. Yet another day of grey skies and grey water. So far we have seen One. Single. Star. We’ve had some glimpses of the moon but only briefly. The Fantastic Four watch say they saw the full moon but we on the A-Team watch are skeptical. During the day we have all caught sight of this strange glowing orb through the clouds in the sky. We have not yet identified it. At least there has been no rain and no squalls.

Sunset enjoyed by Capt John on Tropic Thunder

July 9: During morning shift change we saw and passed a sailboat on the horizon. That was a pleasant little surprise. In the afternoon, Aaron went up the mast again. For some reason, Beneteau thought square ends on swept back spreaders was a good thing. We started getting a pretty significant dimple in the main. Aaron went up again and applied a patch with a jury-rigged hard plastic center as well as duct tape and chafe guard to the spreader end. The winds for the day built up and there were a couple sail changes to try and optimize boat speed. Trimming and driving was active and challenging. A symmetric kite sure would have been useful.

Work aloft to pad spreaders on Tropic Thunder

Overnight we flew the genoa. Wind and wave angles were odd and challenging. The crew was pretty wiped out from the all the effort throughout the past day. The slight down time was much needed.

July 10: At morning watch change the A2 went back up for better speed and boat angles. We are sailing a little higher now due to the wind but still making way. 183 nm  9 am to 9 am.
Today we had our Half Way Celebration. Dinner was pork loin and pineapple with young potatoes and carrots. Dessert consisted of warm lava cake and bad Hawaiian music. It was absolutely delicious. Mother Nature decided to bless us with an actual visible sunset to cap of the day.
Having a blast out here somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Brenda the Boat Blogger


Boat blogs are posted on the race website at http://2017.transpacyc.com/news/boat-blogs and videos at http://2017.transpacyc.com/media/video.


In corrected time standings based on current positions and rates of speed, leaders in each division are the same as yesterday and include: Mighty Merloe in Division 0, Frank Slootman’s Pac 52Invisible Hand in Division 1, Roy Pat Disney’s Andrews 68Pyewacket in Division 2, Tim Fuller’s J/125 Resolute in Division 3, John Shulze’s SC 50 Horizon in Division 4, Larry Andrews’s Summit 40 Locomotive in Division 5, Chris Lemke and Brad Lawson’s Hobie 33 Dark Star in Division 6, and Rod Pimentel’s Cal 40 Azure in Division 7.


Since Saturday veteran Transpac sailor and offshore racing analyst Dobbs Davis has provided his race analysis show viewable on the Transpac website. His shows can be found from embeds and links on the event website.


For this and more information – position reports, photos, videos and stories new and old, visit the event website at https://2017.transpacyc.com.


Stay tuned also to the Transpac Facebook page for photos, videos and even stories coming in from the teams while at sea: www.facebook.com/TranspacRace/.



First organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club in 1906, the Transpacific Yacht Race or Transpac is an offshore sailing race from Point Fermin in Los Angeles to Diamond Head, just east of Honolulu, a distance of 2225 miles. This is among the world’s great ocean races, and biennially attracts some of the world’s fastest sailing yachts, some of its most talented offshore racing sailors, and a wide variety of offshore sailing adventurers.


Transpacific YC also conducts occasional races to Papeete, Tahiti. Membership is open to all sailors who have completed a TPYC race to either of these destinations in paradise.

For more information, visit http://transpacyc.com

2017 TransPac Update: Mighty Merloe First to Finish and Sets new Race Record!

July 10, 2017 Honolulu, HI

From the TP Website:

Congratulations to HL Enloe and the crew of the ORMA 60 trimaran Mighty Merloe, the first to finish in the 2017 Transpac Race, and new holders of the multihull Transpac Race record elapsed time! Mighty Merloe has been racing just about every west coast offshore event for the last few years, often with no multihull competition to measure themselves against. Getting the opportunity to welcome Phaedo3 and Maserati to the west coast, go head to head against them and come out on top is a dream come true for Enloe’s team. We’ll hear more from them shortly.

Enloe sailed this year’s Transpac with his team of Steve Calder (Main Trimmer), Jay Davis (Bowman), Artie Means (Navigator), Loïck Peyron (Helm), Franck Proffit (Helm), Will Suto (Grinder), Jacques Vincent (Co-Skipper).

Mighty Merloe crossed the finish line under helicopter escort at 17:03:30 (HST) on Monday, July 10th. Their elapsed time of 4 Days, 6 Hours, 33 Minutes, 30 Seconds beats the 20 year old record of Bruno Peyron’s Commodore Explorer by more than a day, previously set at 5 days 9 hours 18 min and 26 secs.

Photo courtesy of Sharon Green, Ultimate Sailing

2017 TransPac Update: Mighty Merloe and Comanche on race record pace in 2017 Transpac

Most of the remainder of the fleet at halfway point in the race

Honolulu, HI – One week after the first wave of starters and four days after the last wave, the bulk of the 55 entries in this year’s 49th edition of the Transpac are at about their halfway points to the finish at Diamond Head in Honolulu. On the 2225-mile course less than a dozen are still to reach the half-way points in their projected tracks in the race.

Unlike the last two editions of this classic biennial ocean race, the weather has been favorable for a “normal” passage to Hawaii, with the boats heading southwest after passing the West End of Catalina Island, then arching towards the west and now north of west as they get into the easterly tradewinds near the southern latitudes of the Hawaiian archipelago.  The fleet’s southerly arch away from the rhumb line has been intentional to stay away from the light winds in the Pacific High, but in the next few days some may extend west rather then south to cut down the distance if they’re confident there is enough wind pressure to justify this move.

The conditions of relatively steady 10-20 knot winds with few holes has been perfect for the fleet leaders, who have been speeding along at over 20 knots of boat speed and are quickly consuming the remaining miles left to Diamond Head. At 0900 Hawaii Time today the three leading multihulls – H.L. Enloe’s ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe, Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD 70 Phaedo and Giovanni Soldini’s MOD 70 Maserati – have been locked in battle, with Merloe in the lead ahead of Phaedo by 57 miles with only 168 miles to go on their final approach to Oahu.

Might Merloe – Photo Credit Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing

At current speeds, Merloe’s finish time tonight will not only break the multihull race record set in 1997 by Bruno Peyron’s Commodore Explorer of 5 days 9 hours 18 min and 26 sec, but possibly smash it by more than a day. The other two MOD 70’s also likely to beat the previous mark by coming in only a few hours later.

This report came from Will Suto on board Might Merloe just hours before she was within sight of the islands, and probably the last report before she finishes tonight:

“I can’t stop thinking about how lucky we are to be out here doing what we’re doing. The ocean and sky are beautiful. Last night the sun set on our bow and the moon rose on our stern. The colors at dusk out here are unlike any other place I’ve been.

“We’re still dealing with marine debris. Today I had to crawl out onto the sterns of both the starboard and port amas and dangle off the very back to clear chunks of polypropylene fishing net from in between the top of the rudders and the hull. We had to keep going at full speed to keep the hull out of the water. If we had touched down the force of the water would have dragged me off. I was tied to the boat three different ways, but it was still a nice moment of clarity.

“Another highlight of the day was being able to strip out of my drysuit for a brief period. All onboard are doing well. It is a truly fine crew that Enloe has assembled this time. Fast, calm, and all with the good humor requisite to live stacked like sardines inside a carbon fiber tube. On that note, it is a good thing this boat is so fast, because the interior is getting a bit fetid. The racing out here is fierce. Keep an eye on the Yellowbrick tracker. The finish will be a nail biter.”

At 1130 HST Jim Clarke’s 100-foot monohull Comanche is comparatively close, only 482 miles out and also going fast: 20.2 knots. After having set a new 24 hour position report record (0800 Friday – 0800 Saturday) of 484 miles, she is also on track for breaking the monohull race record set in 2009 of 5 days 14 hours 36 min 20 sec set in 2009 by Neville Crichton’s R/P 90 Alfa Romeo II. Comanche has to cross the finish line at Diamond Head tomorrow night before 12:36:20 AM HST on Wednesday morning to set a new record time.

Comanche – Photo Credit Sharon Green / Ultimate Sailing

On a conference call held today with the media, Comanche skipper Ken Read said some teams have not had such fast, relatively trouble-free sailing, including the team on board Manouch Moshayedi’s Bakewell-White 100 Rio100.   Yesterday they reported breaking their port rudder and having to slow down to affect repairs, but now they are going again, albeit at a reduced speed because they need to sail the boat flat on starboard tack to keep the starboard rudder immersed.

Similarly, Scott Grealish’s Farr 400 BlueFlash has had to be careful not to break a jury-rigged steering cable they fashioned from a piece of Dyneema to replace the primary one that broke. They are proceeding to Hawaii at less-than optimal speed due to this problem.

Other stories and videos coming from the boats range from the profound to the mundane, with some boats being prolific in sending a new story each day while others have submitted only one. Common story themes include on board mechanical issues that need solving, how many were seasick on board the first few nights of rough seas, the incredible clear moonlit nights, how life is better and drier on board now that the hard reaching is turning to running and the boats are not heeled as much, the types and varieties of sea life spotted, flotsam missed, etc.

Boat blogs are posted on the race website at http://2017.transpacyc.com/news/boat-blogs and videos at http://2017.transpacyc.com/media/video.

In corrected time standings based on current positions and rates of speed, leaders in each division include: Mighty Merloe in Division 0, Frank Slootman’s Pac 52 Invisible Hand in Division 1, Roy Pat Disney’s Andrews 68 Peywacket in Division 2, Tim Fuller’s J/125 Resolute in Division 3, John Shulze’s SC 50 Horizon in Division 4, Larry Andrews’s Summit 40 Locomotive in Division 5, Chris Lemke and Brad Lawson’s Hobie 33 Dark Star in Division 6, and Rod Pimental’s Cal 40 Azure in Division 7.

Since Saturday veteran Transpac sailor and offshore racing analyst Dobbs Davis has provided his race analysis show viewable on the Transpac website.

For this and more information – position reports, photos, videos and stories new and old, visit the event website at https://2017.transpacyc.com.

Stay tuned also to the Transpac Facebook page for photos, videos and even stories coming in from the teams while at sea: www.facebook.com/TranspacRace/.

For this and even more information on the 2017 Transpac, visit the event website at http://2017.transpacyc.com.


Numerous pre-race events celebrate the 49th edition of this biennial classic ocean race

LOS ANGELES, CA – The first wave of three starts to the 49th edition of the 2017 biennial Transpac Race starts next Monday, July 3rd, when 17 yachts in three monohull divisions will cross the start line at Point Fermin in Los Angeles to race to the finish at Diamond Head in Honolulu 2225 miles away. In addition, one yacht in the multihull division – Jerzy Poprawski’s catamaran Kastor Pollux – will make the start this day as well.

Photo: Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing

The starting gun will fire at 1:00 PM Pacific time, with the first (and only) mark of the course being to leave the West End of Catalina Island to port, 26 miles away. From there its over the horizon for a journey that could take some as long as 2 weeks, others as short as a few days depending on weather and size and speed of their boats.

Those that start on Monday will be the slowest boats in the fleet of 55 entries, with faster boats starting in another wave on Wednesday, July 5th and the fastest starting on Thursday July 6th, all at 1:00 PM except for the Multihulls on Thursday starting at 1:30.
Photo: Doug Gifford/Ultimate Sailing
Prior to the first start, organizers at the Transpacific Yacht Club have several pre-race events planned:

– On Thursday evening July 29th a VIP mixer open to race participants and invited guests will be hosted by Farmers & Merchants Bank, featuring a presentation made by noted designers Morelli & Melvin Design and Engineering on the latest in multihull technology…a fitting discussion given yesterday’s exciting conclusion of the America’s Cup.

– All Transpac Skippers, Crew and Guests are invited to the First Start Kick Off Party at Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach on Friday, June 30th from 5:00 – 11:00 PM. Burgers and More will be available from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, No-Host Bar from 3:00 – 11:00 PM, and Live Music will be provided by Uncle Monkey.

– On Saturday July 1st teams will pick up their registration materials and attend the Skippers Meeting for final instructions for the race.
Gladstone’s venue – photo Doug Gifford/Ultimate Sailing

– After the Skipper’s Meeting, Gladstone’s of Long Beach will once again be hosting the TransPac Aloha Party. The activities will commence at 1800 at the Bandshell next to the restaurant. Teams will be introduced and will receive the traditional Hawaiian blessing for safe travels and ‘fair winds and following seas.’ Tickets are available for order at https://2017.transpacyc.com/forms/send-off-party.

Photo courtesy Circle Porsche

– From 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 2ndCircle Porsche is hosting Porsche Palooza, a fun day featuring test drives, new models from Porsche, and an impressive collection of 50 vintage models as well. Food, music, and many of the boats participating in Transpac will also be on display. The event is open to the public and is being held at Gladstone’s and the Pine Street Pier in Long Beach.

Photo: Doug Gifford/Ultimate Sailing

– Unless called to duty, the Long Beach Fire Department will give a water show display for boats heading out to the start area in celebration of the fleet. Each boat will also be given a cannon salute as they leave Rainbow Harbor and be escorted out of the harbor by Hawaiian outrigger canoes.

“We’re very excited about this year’s fleet doing the race,” said TPYC Commodore Bo Wheeler. “We have a great mix of traditional and modern boats, those who are doing this for the first time and those who are seasoned veterans, and those doing the race for fun and those who are seriously in search of course records and putting their names in the history books alongside other prominent ocean sailors from around the world. This diversity is what makes this a great race.”

For those interested in viewing the race firsthand on a spectator boat, contact Karen Edwards at Kledwards1010@gmail.com. Media interested in attendance must first register with the event at the Press registration page found at  https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4073.

From on land the start may be seen from a cliff-top view at the historic lighthouse at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.


For more information, visit http://2017.transpacyc.com.

Unpredictable Winds Makes a Fast N2E #70 for Two

The rest of the fleet has skills/patience tested



ENSENADA, Mexico, April 29, 2017 – The days when you could be on the water in Newport Beach for the start of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, then drive south in time to see the first boats finish is officially over.

Click on Tom Walker Logo above for Starting Photo Gallery

Two years in a row now, heavy Friday afternoon traffic south of Encinitas, backups at the border plus a pit stop for insurance and gas have hindered the timely arrival of photographers and volunteers. “Who would have thought a sailboat could make it to Ensenada faster than a car?” questioned Jr. Staff Commodore Dave Shockley.

Lloyd Thornburg’s, MOD70 Phaedo3 and Howard Enloe’s ORMA60 Mighty Merloe crossed the finish line of the 70th annual N2E with times of 5:45:52 and 5:49:28 respectively. No records were broken this year but amazing that after 125 miles, they finished by only 3:56 apart! Also impressive is that Mighty Merloe, that has previously claimed best elapsed time honors, made it with only a 12 minutes and 30 second difference than last year! Congratulations to both teams for a great run.

Photos of the start of the NOSA 2017 Newport To Ensenada Newport Beach, CA

It was so windy in here yesterday afternoon, creating a hazy visibility; the Port Captain closed the port to outgoing traffic. But winds here did little for the rest of the fleet; many of which got caught in doldrums at or just south of San Diego.

Despite Friday starting with a wind advisory for the Huntington Beach area winds dissipated as boats converged on the start at 10:30 a.m. By 12:30 p.m.and the final start, big swells remained but wind had slowed to between just 6-8 knots.

By 7 a.m., only 18 boats had crossed the finish line. Last years’ monohull record-breaker Aszhou, Steve Maheen’s 63 Reichel Pugh clocked in with a time of 15:06:14.

Photos of the start of the NOSA 2017 Newport To Ensenada Newport Beach, CA

Bill Gibbs Wahoo, last year’s Tommy Bahama Trophy winner for best corrected time, all boats, arrived with a time of 18:53:01.

By 10:30 a.m., only boats in PHRF A had an arrival or two, all others were in transit. All Fast 50s were accounted for.

Those who were slowly converging on the courtyard at the Coral Hotel and Marina reported big swells and spotty wind. A slow bumpy night, said a few. The crew of Encore II reported changing its sails 15 times. Incoming reports from many sailors coincided, in the struggle for wind; they used every sail on board in hopes of finding one that provided an edge.

Photos of the start of the NOSA 2017 Newport To Ensenada Newport Beach, CA

“Spotty winds – this is sailboat racing. But you’ll be able to relax and have a good time once you are here,” said Commodore Tom Kennedy.

Other unofficial times are:
Zephyrus    16:16:34
Pyewacket   16:32:58
It’s Ok         17:55:01
Flaquita       19:49:42

Photos of the start of the NOSA 2017 Newport To Ensenada Newport Beach, CA

2017 NHYC Cabo Race Update

The globetrotting Mod 70 Phaedo 3 took line honors in this year’s NHYC Cabo Race finishing yesterday afternoon at 3:42pm.  The Orma 60 Mighty Merloe finished  less than 2 hours later at 5:29pm.

Multihull Results


Yellow Brick Tracker


All but 6 of the 21 boat fleet dropped out early in this year’s event due to to extreme light air.  Three boats remain out on the course:  Grand Illusion and Holua have about 34 and 38 miles to go.   Horizon has about 180 miles to go.