One of the largest international yacht races in the world, the “N2E” has been run continuously since 1948. Most racers sail the 125 mile course overnight finishing the next day. NOSA also offers a “short course” starting in San Diego, and a “long course” which rounds San Clemente Island. All courses finish off the Hotel Coral in Ensenada.
2017 Wrap Up
ENSENADA, Mexico; May 2, 2017 – Reports by sailors of the 70th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race were 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 annual 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 N3E 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.” MORE