The 71st running of the classic Newport to Ensenada Race will kick off with the first starts on Friday, April 27, 2018. Sendoff events and parties will be held for days leading up to the start.
Most racers sail the 125 mile course overnight finishing the next day with the legendary Trophy Presentation party held on Sunday at the Hotel Coral.
One of the largest international yacht races in the world, the Newport to Ensenada Race (N2E) has been run continuously since 1948.
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.
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.”
While many boats hit lulls and were stuck in holes, huge winds filled in the gaps and Yippee Kai Yay took advantage. “The conditions were perfect for a major portion of the race,” he said. “And the crew worked really well together.”
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