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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.

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.

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 nosa.org 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 www.nosa.org. 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

N2E 71, Fast Starts Slow Finishes Leaves a Trail of Sailing Fun

N2E 71: Fast or slow, YB tracking shows a tale of three fun races

ENSENADA, Mexico, April 28, 2018 – Mighty Merloe, HL Enloe’s ORMA60 and Tom Siebel’s Orion, the MOD70, approached the start of the 71st Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race like thoroughbred horses; chomping at the bit, side by side, jockeying for position, waiting to spring from the gate and best the other to the finish line, in front of the Hotel Coral and Marina.

Orion was defending their 2016 best elapsed time record and Mighty Merloe was looking to claim it to go with all the other records it has collected in the last four years. But Orion stumbled at the start, one of its hulls slightly over early, and had to circle back to the start while Mighty Merloe sailed for the horizon.

Following yet another dual between the two mighty trimarans, as seen thanks to the YB Trackers, it was Mighty Merloe at the finish line by 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Orion’s record; safe for another year.

Meanwhile, in Dana Point, the race saw its first ever 1:48:41 finish courtesy of Charles Brewer’s Heartbeat 4. With Richard Mendoza’s Cricket, bringing up the rear at 3:21:19 in his Cal20, the entire fleet including a handful of Lasers, completed the first-ever N2E Dana Point Sprint before happy hour.

Melissa Herzfeld, who was has been volunteering on the check-in boat for 4 years now, was a little surprised when the first Laser pulled alongside, its enthusiastic skipper reporting the sail number and its sole passenger. Conversely, fifteen was the largest crew reporting in this year.

Dennis Pennell’s Reichel/Pugh 50, Blue Blazes, blazed down the Border Run Course home to San Diego like it was late for dinner, finishing with a time of 7:48:27. Dave Griffins and his Fair Haven crew likely had a dinner at sea, finishing the course with an elapsed time of 19:08:31.

The largest boat to finish, Damon Guizot’s Zephyrus, Reichel/Pugh a 77 had a stellar race, being the first monohull to finish at 12:27:03. Most of the larger boats, which sail outside the rhumb line, crossed the finish line before 2 p.m., Saturday. Racers reported that the coastal winds that propelled many of the competitors into Mexico began perishing about midnight, and stayed lax with shifty pockets through most of the day.

As the sun set on the Hotel Coral, the YB Trackers show 10 boats still drifting towards the sounds of the mariachi band at between 3.8 and 5.6 knots. With all having less than 11 nautical miles to go, it’s possible they will arrive just in time for the fireworks, a fitting finish to N2E 71, given that a burst of firecrackers is how the YB Tracker shows the race starting.

Final results and trophy winners to be announced at Sunday’s awards ceremony. Watch race replays to all destinations online via YB Tracking on the nosa.org website.

NOSA Announces N2E 71 Event Schedule

ALYC Embraces Pre-Race Party; a Sailors Fav, while Skippers VIP Fundraiser Benefits Ensenada School

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 11, 2018 – The 71st Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is less than three weeks away, which means Newport Ocean Sailing Association members are not only putting the final touches on preparations for the iconic race but on the celebratory events leading up to race day.

Before starting the West Coast’s largest, most fun and competitive race Friday, April 27 off the Balboa Pier, racers are invited share the race committee’s enthusiasm and appreciation for N2E sailors at three local events.  “We look forward to spending time with sailors before the race, to show our appreciation, to impart last-minute tactical strategies, ensure pre-race preparedness and of course and most importantly, share in the camaraderie that made N2E famous,” said Vice Commodore John Long.

The annual Skippers Luncheon, a 25-plus-year N2E tradition, will take place at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club on Wednesday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m. Ullman Sails professionals will be the keynote speakers. For the past four years, the Ullman team have provided valuable inside-information about racing that only sailmakers are privy to, along with how to use sail knowledge to effect winning strategies. Topics also include the latest in weather forecasting, and recognition is given to skippers who have sailed N2E more than 20 times.  RSVP a must. Cost $15.00 per person.

The Skippers VIP Reception typically earmarked for boat owners and crew, city officials and sponsors is also on Wednesday, April 25. Sterling’s BMW’s Newport Beach showroom has graciously hosted memorable N2E events. For the past 5 years, this reception has become the primary fundraiser for the charities the organization supports in Ensenada via raffle prizes and silent auction. Last year, just over $9,000 was raised for Centro de Atencion Especializada Para Autistas, an under-served and deserving school for autistic children. RSVP a must! 6:00 p.m. to 9:00p.m.

On Thursday, April 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., skippers, crew and guests are invited to the must-attend N2E event of the year – the annual Sail Away Party – at the glorious and ever so hospitable American Legion Yacht Club. This tradition dates back to the second race when sailors attended a formal dinner in suit and tie. Today’s racers show up in festive team gear to enjoy tasty bar favorites and dance to live entertainment, and maybe win raffle prizes.

For those partaking in the festivities in Ensenada, “Fiesta de Baja” will be held at the Hotel Coral & Marina from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.  All sailors and their support crew are welcome to enjoy a Guadalupe Valley style barbecue dinner with local beer, wines, and cocktail pairings. Dance the rest of the night away to a live band and enjoy fireworks at 11 p.m. to begin or end your night!


2018 Ensenada Race Update

On April 27th, 2018, hundreds of yachts will jockey for position off the coast of Newport Beach, California for the 71st running of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. The Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (N2E) began with one hundred and seventeen boats crossing the startline in 1948 and peaked with 675 boats in 1984. We are very excited to introduce two new courses to the race and new ways to follow the fleet as they head south of the border.

3 COURSES (Newport to Ensenada, Newport to San Diego and Newport to Dana Point)

In addition to the landmark 125 nautical mile course from Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico, two additional courses, finishing in San Diego and Dana Point, will be offered this year. Adapting to an ever-changing world, the San Diego course will allow those who lack the time commitment to race to Ensenada a great opportunity to join the fleet, while the 14 NM Sprint Course to Dana Point is perfect for smaller sportboats, beach cats, and dinghies. The race organizers are hopeful the additional courses will bring back racers who have not participated in recent years, provide an opportunity to expose the next generation of sailors to the fun and challenge of a large race, and help grow the future of the sailboat racing.


For the 2018 edition of the race, the race organizers have partnered with YB Tracking to allow spectators to track the fleet online as they head to Ensenada. “We’re all about safety first, but it’s also an amazing opportunity for the sailing community and nonsailors to see what this classic and storied race is all about,” said NOSA Commodore Daniel Hodge. “It’s a very exciting opportunity for N2E that also provides the race true international exposure. I’m really excited that NOSA has stepped up; not only to create more opportunities for racers but also for up-and-coming racers all the while garnering worldwide exposure for our sponsors.” The move means that N2E joins the like of other major sailing regattas like Transpac, the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race, the Islands Race and even the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race in using YB Tracking.

With a diverse fleet ranging from small beach cats to gargantuan maxis, we are very excited for the start of the 71st Newport To Ensenada Yacht Race. We are very passionate about continuing the legacy of this landmark race and bringing it into the 21st century and hope that you can join us on April 27th.

Please check out our website and SIGN UP to join us for the start on April 27th.

COVER PHOTO: Tom Walker Photography


N2E introduces YB Tracking

Adding more safety and excitement to the 2018 race!

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif; February 5, 2018 – Raising the safety bar for the 71st annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race while setting a new standard for the involvement of friends and family is what its new relationship with YB Tracking is all about, said Newport Ocean Sailing Association officials.

Racers on all three courses; the iconic 125-mile course to Ensenada, the new short course to Dana Point, and the Border Run course to San Diego will carry the trackers.

“We’re all about safety first, but it’s also an amazing opportunity for the sailing community and non-sailors see what this classic and storied race is all about,” said NOSA Commodore Daniel Hodge. “It’s a very exciting opportunity for N2E that also provided the race true international exposure. I’m really excited that NOSA has stepped up; not only to create more opportunities for racers but also for up-and-coming racers all the while garnering worldwide exposure for our sponsors.”

For the high school and collegiate racers on the short course, YB Tracking will serve as a valuable learning tool. Racers can review the race data and analyze how to do better from a different perspective.

For N2E sponsors, YB tracking will be available on the Website of our major sponsor, the Los Angeles Times, on the NOSA Web site, and on mobile and social media apps so shore side sailing enthusiasts can follow along.

The move means N2E joins the like of other major sailing regattas like Transpac, San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race, the Islands Race and even the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race use YB Tracking.

“As a racer, I am very excited YB Tracking will be implemented for the 2018 Ensenada Race so that friends and family can follow the race as the boats head to Mexico. It will allow spectators to keep track of their favorite boats and gain insight into tactical decisions and overnight lead changes that usually go unnoticed,” said Shaun Prestridge, a new NOSA board member. “Like many racers, I will be sharing a link to tracking page on my social media handles.”

YB Tracking, previously known as Yellowbrick Tracking, has been providing racers on land and at sea its satellite mapping hardware and software since 2009.

“YB Tracking looks forward to supporting the N2E team towards another exciting and memorable edition of the race!, said YB Tracking’s Alex Burgis who believes the use of satellite tracking both promotes safety as well as spectator engagement. “YB Tracking offers a robust, tried and tested tracking solution allowing for both Race Officials and fans of the event to follow the action on the water,” he said.

Race mapping can be accessed free of charge via links which will be posted before the race. As the start of N2E 2018 nears, a link will populate in the list of upcoming races at ybtracking.com.

Additionally, the monitors behind the front desk of the Hotel Coral in Ensenada will display the progress of the fleet so those checking in to the hotel will quickly know the location of all boats.

To be a participant rather than an observer in N2E 2018, please get a sneak peek at your competition and register for the race at  www.nosa.org. Racers are encouraged to register early to ensure the availability of trackers.


3 courses for 3 times the excitement at N2E 2018! 

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., November 29, 2017 – The Newport Ocean Sailing Association has acquired The Border Run Race. With the acquisition, the 71st annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race will offer three courses for sailors to race on April 27, 2018. The primary N2E course to Ensenada and the Border Run course to San Diego are unchanged.  The third course, offered to attract high school and collegiate participants sailing Beach Cats, CFJ’s, 420’s, Moths, 29ers and Lasers will run to Dana Point.

NOSA officials said the acquisition and addition will bring back racers who have not participated in recent years, provide an opportunity to expose the next generation of sailors to the fun and challenge of a large race, and potentially help grow the future of the sailboat racing.

Longtime friends and racing enthusiasts Daniel Hodge, NOSA’s commodore, and Border Run proprietor Randy Reynolds, began talking this summer in hopes of resolving a potential date conflict. With NOSA’s acquisition, both men believe they’ve helped resolve a larger issue; overall participation.

“The coming together of participants, all starting on the same day, provides an exceptional opportunity for racers to be a part of something big, not only being a part of the race’s history, but to experience the unparalleled excitement of starting a race with 500 other boats,” said Hodge.

NOSA’s board approved the motion at its November meeting.
“It’s really for the good of the sport; it’s all about how to get boats out on the water, to make it the biggest event on the West Coast – like it used to be,” said Reynolds. “Boating has changed a lot in the last 10 years, people are busier than ever. Some people will always want to go to Ensenada while others prefer the simplicity to stay in U.S. Waters.”

Hodge echoed the sentiment, “This is an excellent option for racers who want to sail N2E but are less confident when it comes to the logistics of sailing to Ensenada then returning home.”

Both men report that initial feedback has been great. “Randy and I are passionate sailors first,” said Hodge. “We were able to complete the acquisition because as sailors, we have a shared aspiration of creating energy that motivates others to get out on the water.”
Reynolds, who is primarily a boat designer, builder and sailor, has run the Border Run with his longtime partner Bob Long, for almost ten years. For many reasons, his race, like many others, has seen a decline in participation.

When the option came from NOSA to bring the two powerhouses together, it made sense, Reynolds said, “With the two races joining forces we have a better chance of bringing back the glory days of 400+ boats racing down the coast to the border.”
Although Reynolds will stay involved as an outside advisor, he is planning to be on the course this April.

It’s a happy ending for two races with an ostensibly wavy past. According to Reynolds, there was far less contention between organizations than the media depicted.
So, to answer a 2010 Sailing World article that questioned if these two races can coexist, the answer is yes.

From NOSA’s media archives: undated, unaccredited file photo. NOSA believes the acquisition of The Border Run Race will spike participation in its iconic Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race to a time when it was the largest sailing event on all the seven seas, as reported in the caption above the photo.

2017 Newport to Ensenada Race Wrap Up

N2E #70: Boats vs Elements

 equals a race, not a cruise 

ENSENADA, Mexico; May 2, 2017 – Reports by sailors of the 70th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race where consistent: winds were notoriously inconsistent. The lesson; this is N2E, not the Baja Ha-Ha. This was a sailboat race and sailors in every class were challenged by choices, potential remedies and the ability to adapt to changing conditions.


“It was tricky, very tricky,” said Ben Mitchell while signing for the big three trophies won by Roy P. Disney’s Andrews 70 and the rest of the Pyewacket crew. Although not caught in the great lull off San Diego, he said the race challenged them with unusual conditions. It was not as windy as forecasted, he said. Mitchell praised all Pyewacket’s competitors including Holua, Catapult and Grand Illusion with whom they exchanged the lead along the way.


Mitchell collected the President of Mexico Trophy for Best Corrected Maxi, the Tommy Bahama Trophy, for Best Corrected Overall, and the President of USA Trophy for Best Corrected, All PHRF. “Roy enjoys the race; he started sailing with his Dad at just 13-years-old,” said Mitchell. About the 70th anniversary win, being back on the podium “feels real good,” he said. Pyewacket and the Disney family have a long and winning history racing N2E.


Roy E. Disney was honored at the 50th N2E as Grand Marshall who lead the parade of boats from the harbor to the starting area. At the time, Roy E. had already sailed in more than half of N2E races on one of five boats, including Pyewacket.


To the roar of the crowd behind him, cheering and chanting DPYC – that once again claimed honors for the most entries from a yacht club (18) and the most winners from a yacht club – Viggo Torbensen picked up the Governor of California Trophy.  Not only did he take home some hardware for the Best Corrected Time PHRF A win for Timeshaver, a J/125, he placed second in the new category of Best Elapsed Time, PHRF A. The last six hours were difficult, Torbensen said. “The ocean was like a washboard. We finished upwind in 23 knots; we’ve never tried that before.”

Photo Credit: Tom Walker Photography

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