3 courses for 3 times the excitement at N2E 2018!
3 courses for 3 times the excitement at N2E 2018!
N2E #70: Boats vs Elements
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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:
It’s Ok 17:55:01
The fleet gets underway today at the starting line off the Balboa Pier. Conditions look great for a record setting run attempt.
Marine Weather Forecast:
Wind NW 10 to 15 kt…becoming 15 to 25 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 5 ft. Swell W 7 to 10 ft at 10 seconds.
By LEN BOSE
This Friday, April 28, 2017 will mark the 70th Newport to Ensenada yacht race run by the Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA). I stopped counting at 30 on how many of these races I have participated in.
So why do I continue to race year after year? Simple answer, because it is fun. Yes, there are the years that the forecast is dismal with the lack of wind and the thought of not finishing until Sunday afternoon leads to the question “Why do I do this to myself?” But then there are the years when I have finished on Friday night and have completed a 135-mile course in less than 11 hours and I feel like an 8 year old getting off Disneyland’s Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride for the first time.
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Looks to be a fast race – Weather Forecast as of 0900 April 27, 2017:
Traditional event leads to the start of N2E 70!
The official race week kickoff party occurred today, Sunday, April 23 from noon to 4 p.m., at the city’s new premier waterfront park, Marina Park.
Racers picked up their official race packets and enjoyed steel drum music, the indoor Heineken Beer garden, a swoon over a selection of beautiful N2E trophies, tour a race boat and get nostalgic over a display of Woodies. Marina Park is at 1600 Balboa Blvd., W., Newport Beach.
NEW: A short course from San Diego Bay and the longer offshore Transpac Qualifies route will run at the same time.
Last year, Tom Siebel’s Orion, an ORMA70, broke the 18-year record for best elapsed time. Its sister ship Pheado 3 makes its debut N2E appearance to challenge Mighty Merloe, a MOD60, to see if either can beat the new, staggeringly fast record of 5:17:26.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 27, 2017 – Members of the Newport Ocean Sailing Association are sailing into action in preparation of the 70th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race now less than 5 weeks away.
Before the sailing of the West Coast’s largest, iconic yacht race Friday, April 28 off the Balboa Pier, racers, residents and sailing enthusiasts alike can share NOSA’s passion for N2E at a couple of local events. “We look forward to everyone; renewing old acquaintance’s while making new memories together,” said Commodore Tom Kennedy.
NOSA announced earlier this month that the public Race Week Kick-Off Party Sunday, April 23 will be at Marina Park, 1600 Balboa Blvd., W., from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Numerous activities are scheduled in the water, dockside, in the park and upstairs in the fabulous community room at the city’s spectacular 10.5 acre park.
The annual Skippers Luncheon, a 20-plus-year NOSA tradition, will take place at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club on Wednesday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. Ullman Sails professionals will be the keynote speakers. Topics include the latest in weather forecasting, winning strategies, teamwork, safety and recognition is given to skippers who have sailed N2E more than 20 times. RSVP a must. Cost $15.00 per person.
Sterling BMW will host the VIP Reception typically reserved for boat owners, city officials, visiting dignitaries and sponsors Wednesday, April 26. Sterling’s Newport Beach location has previously hosted memorable NOSA events. There is a limit of three crewmembers per boat attending. Over the past 4 years, this reception has become the primary fundraiser for the children’s charities NOSA supports in Ensenada via raffle prizes and a silent auction. RSVP a must! 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Skippers, crew and invited guests can celebrate #70 at the must attend N2E event of the year – the annual Sail Away Party – Thursday, April 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Hosted by the American Legion Yacht Club the venue will offer a taco bar with flatbread pizzas along with plentiful Stella Artois beer, Gosling’s Dark & Stormy’s, lively entertainment from Velvet Thunder and opportunities to win raffle prizes.
For those partaking in festivities in Ensenada, the Hotel Coral and Marina will host the Fiesta de Baja Saturday, April 29 from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. The evening includes live music and strolling musicians. From $2.50.
The Farr 40, Foil, was having a great sail during the 2016 Ensenada race. Peter prepared another stellar sailing meal and had just cleaned up as we reached the Northern Coronado Island. The wind subsided a bit and I handed over the helm to Val so that I could have my dinner. By the time I finished it was dark so I put on my foulie pants and came on deck to relieve Val at the helm. The wind picked up again and Val was surfing 12-15 knots in about 20 knots of breeze. The Farr 40 is a very strong and powerful boat and everyone was having a great time going fast.
Then, disaster struck. Foil took a bad wave which kicked the stern causing a spectacular round down. Val lost his footing and tumbled through the port lifelines and into the water, after dark, with no lifejacket!
The reason we are writing this article is to both clarify the events in our own minds as well as act as an object lesson for Foilistas and others. A combination of events led to one of our crew being in mortal danger and we were all very lucky that it had a happy ending. I have asked several crew members to give their accounts so that you can hear the story and the lessons from more than one perspective.