The ABC’s of N2E provide the prospective and seasoned racer with an overview of what steps to take prior to entering the race. The ABC’s are updated annually.
2017 – ABC’s of the N2E
Thinking about entering the Newport to Ensenada race, and wondering what you should do next?
GET A RATING
To get a rating for your boat, you need to be a member of the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) or of the Ocean Catamaran Racing Association (ORCA). This applies to all racers, including Cruising class. PHRF issues the Rating for all of the PHRF/Cruising boats that participate in the Race. ORCA provides NOSA with an Official Ratings List for ORCA boats. See the Notice of Race regarding the Fleet/Class in which you plan to compete.
GET A SAIL NUMBER
You need to have a sail number for your boat. If your boat doesn’t have a sail number, contact Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) to get one. If you are from out-of- state or out-of-country, you can obtain your sail number from your local or National Authority.
SCYA Sail Number Application
On-line registration is provided on the NOSA website. View the Registration Form in advance to be sure you have all of the requested information available when you enter.
Registration opens January 1st and closes one week prior to the start. Fees are detailed in the Notice of Race
HOTEL & MARINA
Don’t wait to make your hotel and marina arrangements. Make sure you mention that you are racing in the N2E.
US PASSPORT & CUSTOMS
You and your crew will need a Passport to re-enter the United States from Mexico. Also, you will need to obtain a customs decal for your boat.
RACE ENTRANT REPORT
You also need to fill out a Race Entrant Report after registering for the race. This is a requirement from US Customs. The Form is available on-line.
Race Entrant Report
Required documentation to visit Mexico by sea:
Certificate of Documentation or current vessel registration
Current vessel insurance
Current passport for owner and crew
Current vessel Temporary Import Permit (TIP)
Make sure your boat and crew are equipped for the race by following the Notice of Race and US Sailing Safety Equipment Requirements.
US Sailing Equipment Requirements
A number of race and safety seminars are available:
NOSA Pre-Race Seminars
US Sailing Coastal Safety at Sea Seminar