Newport Harbor Yacht Club / August 5-8, 2019
Cover Photo: Tom Walker
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.
We are located at the end of B Dock and have three boats on display!
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.
October 6-7, 2018 NHYC
NEWPORT BEACH — Boat broker and avid sailor Wayne D. Rodgers died, May 9, a little more than one month after his 70th birthday. His daughter, Elizabeth Rodgers Horan, and son-in-law, Nicolas Horan, survive him.
Rodgers was born in Philadelphia on April 4, 1948. He most recently operated his own firm, W.D. Rodgers Co., where he serviced boat-buying clients in Orange County.
ENSENADA, Mexico, April 30, 2018 – Although trophies won in the annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race honor those who have bested their competitors by hours, minutes and seconds, it was the difference between years that garnered the most cheers at the 71st awards ceremonies Sunday.
For the second time in three years, 91-year-old skipper Richard McNish was on stage collecting the City of Ensenada Trophy for Best Corrected Time, PHRF G, and the New York Yacht Club Trophy for Best Elapsed Time, Single Hull/Divided Rig. McNish has sailed Cheerio II, a 46-foot, 1931 yawl, in N2E for almost 20 years. Each year before the race, the certified State Historical Vessel is hauled out and checked over to make sure nothing is going to break.
McNish said they got a good start and were making great time until 2:30 am. Then the wind shut off, he said. Prior to that time, the YB Tracker was predicted an awards sweep for the boat. But it took a while to build to 2 knots, before finally catching a bigger breeze and Cheerio was happy again, McNish said.
For years, only “men of a certain age”, AKA over 50, crewed on Cheerio II. Recently though, McNish started taking on a couple of younger, yet experienced sailors as crew members. The collaborative group has worked really well, he said.
Conversely, the minimum age requirement to crew on ’s Ohana, is three. It was only the second time the classic 1982 Swede 55 sailed in N2E and the first with Hardesty’s son.
Hardesty, a 2014 Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year nominee and a 12-time world champion, turned a family cruiser into an award-winning long distance racer on their second try; taking home the coveted President of USA Trophy for Best Corrected – All PHRF and the Gil Knudson trophy for Best Corrected – PHRF D.
The seven-person crew, six of whom took turns at the helm, and for the most-part got involved in each position, sailed the boat to an overall corrected time behind only Mighty Merloe and Orion, the 60 and 70-foot trimarans that finished Friday before dark.
Aboard Ohana (which means family in Hawaiian), Friday evening the crew of Mom, Dad, Grandpa, and a couple of friends, watched the sunset and enjoyed a family-style dinner of pasta and a glass of wine. Cruisers, yes, but they take sailing seriously.
The weather was good to us, said Hardesty. Although they coasted for the last half-mile, it was about halfway down the course when became apparent that they were doing well. We were around some faster boats that we’re not used to sailing with, he said. Early weather predictions indicated better wind offshore, so we stuck with the plan, said navigator Frank Tybor. They did not fly the kite early, or moved inshore too early, wary of getting stuck.
Hardesty shared that boat does not have a large or fancy sail inventory. Which reduces the discussion about which one to use, said Markee. They flew the code zero for seven to eight hours, the spinnaker at night, and after 3 am when the wind became fleeting, went through everything they had and finished with a jib.
Although being sturdy, heavy; outfitted to go cruising and does not like to turn, the crew nurtured Ohana’s sweet spot. The boat’s got a narrow 9’7” beam; heels over quickly, and likes reaching, said Hardesty. The conditions were perfect for us, and it all came together. After crossing the finish line at 6 am, the crew’s phones started to buzz as texts from friends who were following the YB Tracking reached out to congratulate them.
For a while, it seemed that everything was falling apart for Some Tuesday, Steve Dunlap’s 2017 Lagoon 450-S on its inaugural N2E. First, they got yelled at while trying to find the check-in boat. Four hours into the race, a drone that had been capturing some beautiful footage of the boat at sea with its spinnaker flying, started struggling to keep up with Some Tuesday, now cruising at 9 knots.
Since slowing down was not an option the entire crew watched as radio contact was lost and the drone plunged into the ocean. Minutes after that, the nice new spinnaker ripped. Later, about 24 miles off Rosarito, the nut holding the gooseneck pin came off and with it, the boom fell, boom. At least that they could fix.
Of Dunlap’s seven-man crew, three had never even sailed before he bought the boat and for others, this was their first race. However, boat and crew made numerous practice sails and Dunlap taught everyone – including his father-in-law Stephen Estee who flew in from Springfield, Mass., for the race – how to man each of the sailing positions.
The training, and perseverance, paid off. Despite the obstacles and coming in 16 minutes behind the competition in ORCA B, they corrected 21 minutes faster; winning the class.
After all of this, might Dunlap and crew return for a second N2E? Absolutely, 100 percent yes, the entire team said, without hesitation. Next year, the goal is to win without the handicap. They won’t bring a drone and are pretty confident having a spinnaker will help too
Friends and Family: The Heart of N2E
Jim Bailey’s Destroyer, a TP52, finished second in the Maxi Class on its first N2E edging out last year’s big winner, Pyewacket by a mere 45 seconds. Bailey, who sailed with his three sons, said for a while, the two boats went back and forth ahead of one then the other, in an apparent drift-off. Pyewacket finishing only one minute and 30 seconds ahead of them but corrected out ahead – thanks to a one-point difference in handicaps.
Gregory Dorn’s Lady Jane, one of two boats sailing for St. Francis Yacht Club returned with Dorn’s 18-year old son Nick and his friend Charlie Wooler, sailing their first N2E. The Jenneau 391 placed third in the Cruz-Gen class.
N2E’s old friend Medicine Man, Bob Lane’s Andrew’s 63, returned to the podium after a couple years’ hiatus to claim best-corrected MAXI. The crew reported that they found an outstanding breeze, all the way to the finish. It was one jibe and straight to the bar.
Another multiple-time N2E winner Horizon topped PHRF B once again. Nope, winning doesn’t get old, said Len Bose, skipper of the Santa Cruz 50. “Each race offers new stories, new things to reflect upon,” he said, “It’s good to see the expressions on the faces of people who have not been there (on stage) before, I wish more people could see that.”
But Fast Exit, a relative newcomer on its second N2E, was making a run for Horizon and came up only 4 minutes and 30 seconds astern.
Merry Cheers, who has been sailing since 1998, raced with John Raymont on his modified Andrews 40. She was at the helm at during the moonlit sail and got the boat over 15. knots. “I just sail the numbers– one and in!,” Cheers smiled. During the course of the race, she said the crew shared stories about Scott Poe, who was supposed to be sailing with them.
Less than a month after returning the boat from previous race to Mexico, there have been many unhappy reports that Poe has fallen seriously ill. “We knew that he was there in spirit, we felt him aboard,” she said. Of the Go Fund Me posts circulating and being shared to offset expenses, Cheers says “Sailing is more than a community, it’s a family.”
NOSA’s family, Bill Gibbs, who served this year as Vice Commodore of Race, tried to fly under the radar, but still managed to score another four trophies for Wahoo’s, his Schionning GF 1400 time of 15:16:43 in ORCA-A. The win has more than secured Gibbs as one of the most winningest skippers in N2E’s history.
Mighty Merloe, the ORMA 60, may not have claimed the record this year, but as a consolation prize, they took home four trophies: Best Elapsed Overall, Best Corrected Overall, Best Elapsed and Corrected Orca-Maxi Class.
“It was really exciting to have the MOD 70 Orion come down from San Francisco to race against us. They are a great crew, and we had to push very hard to beat them.” said tactician will Suto. “I’d like to say thanks to Enloe, the owner of Mighty Merloe, for putting together such a fast boat and talented crew. It’s a special thing to have boats like this racing. We hope to see more of it in Southern California in the future.”
March 7, 1928 – April 17, 2018 Mel was born in Los Angeles as a 6th generation Californian. His predecessors arrived as part of the Spanish Army traveling up the coast with Father Junipero Serra. He attended Saint Bridget’s grade school then transferred to Saint Catherine’s Military Academy. He…