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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



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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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 70th Newport to Ensenada Race Starts Today

The fleet gets underway today at the starting line off the Balboa Pier.   Conditions look great for a record setting run attempt.

Track the competitors that have AIS operating here.


Photo Credit: Tom Walker Photography

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.

Wind NW 15 to 25 kt…becoming N 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Wind waves 4 ft. Swell W 7 to 10 ft at 10 seconds.

On the Harbor: Newport to Ensenada Preview



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.


Looks to be a fast race – Weather Forecast as of 0900 April 27, 2017:

2017 N2E Update – Annual Mayor’s Reception Welcomes Mexican Dignitaries

Traditional event leads to the start of N2E 70!

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 24, 2017 – The Newport Ocean Sailing Association is celebrating 70-years of successfully running its iconic Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race in part thanks to relationships built with officials in both namesake cities. Many of those who make sure its smooth sailing at the finish line will be in town this week to celebrate the start of the race.


But before 185-plus fleet hits the start line April 28, the dignitaries will attend several pre-race events, starting with the official Mayor’s Reception April 27.


Mayor Kevin Muldoon will greet the officials that include Marco Antonio Novelo Asuna, the Mayor of Ensenada, the Director of the Port of Ensenada, Ensenada’s Port Captain, the Secretary of Tourism Baja, the Director of Proturismo, the President of Ensenada’s Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Consul General of Tijuana, Naval Commander and a representative of the tourism transportation board.
The reception, now a 40-year tradition will take place at the Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa at 5 p.m.


“It is an honor to welcome the many dignitaries from Mexico to reaffirm our communities’ longstanding friendship,” Mayor Kevin Muldoon stated. “Newport Beach and Ensenada are both known for their nautical heritage. This annual race has celebrated that tradition for 70 years.”


Hosting an international race, especially such a successful one over 70 years, takes months of behind-the-scenes efforts by organizers who overcome distance, language barriers and numerous changes in local, district and federal policies, procedures, laws and expectations to make sure racers at the start line simply have a fun and competitive experience.


“The cooperation and friendship of the gracious greater Ensenada area leaders are a huge reason for the prosperous continuation of a tradition that brings two nations, many businesses and many people together for one happy occasion,” said NOSA Vice Commodore Daniel Hodge. “Our race is an amazing example of how working together can bring mutual success for not only to N2E racers, but the communities of Newport Beach and Ensenada.


Following the reception, local and visiting dignitaries will attend the Commodore’s Dinner aboard a Hornblower Yacht in Newport Harbor. The group traditionally watches the start of the race before returning to Ensenada in anticipation of the sailors.


at Marina Park in Newport Beach
185 Boats registered for the April 28 race

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.

Tom Walker Photography Photo Album 


One hundred and eighty five boats are registered N2E 70 that will see more than 40 classes of boats cross the start line April 28 from 11 a.m. until noon off the Balboa Pier. High-performance maxi’s, catamarans are Maxi’s cross the line last.


For the third year, NOSA will be collecting donations and toys on behalf of a school for autistic children, “Centro de Atención Especializada Para Autistas” (CAEPA). Thanks to the generosity of the sailing community, NOSA doubled its 2015 donation and made a visible difference at the school.


WHAT:   Hosted by the Newport Ocean Racing Association, the beloved N2E is an eclectic mix of serious sailors campaigning multi-million dollar yachts racing alongside recreational cruisers.


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.


BACKGROUND:   First run in 1948, the N2E has a storied history of mixing professional racers, celebrities and recreational sailors to become a time-honored event for Newport Beach, the City of Ensenada and sailing enthusiasts who come from across the country to compete.  More than 40 trophy categories in monohull, multihull and cruising classes give this a race a wide appeal. In recent years, great winds have tested and challenged the skills of crews, many who only sail overnight on this race. Last year’s race saw more than a dozen records fall.