ABC’s of N2E

2021 – ABC’s of the N2E                                                    (download PDF)

Thinking about entering the Newport to Ensenada race, and wondering what you should do next?


To get a rating for your boat, you need to be a member of the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF), or the Ocean Catamaran Racing Association (ORCA).  This applies to all racers, (except for One-Design and Unlimited classes). PHRF issues the Rating for all of the PHRF boats that participate in the Race. ORCA provides NOSA with an Official Ratings List for ORCA multihulls.

Helpful links:
PHRF Southern California
PHRF San Diego
ORCA Contact

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.

Helpful links:
SCYA Sail Number Application

N2E is the classic race to Ensenada
N2SD is the new for 2021 longer race to San Diego, now around the Coronado Islands
N2DP is the race to Dana Point
Read the Notices of Race (NORs) for each, for details.

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.
Fees are detailed in the Notice of Race. N2E & N2SD include a Yellow Brick tracker for each boat.

Make sure your boat and crew are equipped for the race by following the Notice of Race, the Sailing Instructions, and US Sailing Safety Equipment Requirements (US SER).

Helpful links:
US Sailing Equipment Requirements

A number of race and safety seminars are available:

Helpful Links:
NOSA Pre-Race Seminars
US Sailing Coastal Safety at Sea Seminar
US Sailing Coastal Safety at Sea online class


Don’t wait to make your hotel and marina arrangements. Make sure you mention that you are racing in the N2E.  Hotel Coral is Race HQ and the site for Awards.  There are many hotels in Ensenada, as well as other marinas, such as Cruiseport Village Marina.  Downtown is only a few miles away.  Hotel Coral runs a shuttle service downtown.  Uber is easy and inexpensive in Ensenada.

Helpful links:
Hotel Coral
Hotel Coral Marina
Cruiseport Village Marina

Required documentation to visit Mexico by sea:

 – Certificate of Documentation or current vessel registration
 – Current vessel insurance
 – Current passports for owner and crew
 – Current vessel Temporary Import Permit (TIP)

Helpful links:
TIP Application

A boat entering Mexico for the first time goes thru the official check-in process with both Mexican Customs and Immigration.  By participating in the N2E race, these are expedited for you and handled at Race Headquarters at the Hotel Coral or possibly at the marina you are staying.   Similarly, the boat exiting Mexico check-out procedure is handled by N2E Race management for you.  You will not need to do the typical visiting of multiple downtown Ensenada offices when arriving and departing.  One of the fees involved in sailing into Ensenada is a per boat fee to the Harbor Master.  This is included in your entry fee and handled by N2E Race Management for you.  The other fee is the tourist card fee (Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM)) for each person going ashore.  This tourist card fee can be prepaid on the internet, or paid in Ensenada when checking in at Hotel Coral.  The current amount is about $30 USD (it varies with exchange rate).   The local officials strongly suggest bringing cash and handling this in Ensenada.  If you prefer the on-line prepaying, be aware it is one application and one receipt per person.  Mexican law also requires all passengers on a boat with fishing gear to have a Mexican fishing license.

You and your crew will need a Passport to re-enter the United States from Mexico. 

The ROAM app is the US CBP preferred method of reporting your crew for entering the US.  Also, you will need to obtain a customs decal for your boat if its LOA is 30 feet or more.

Helpful links:
Passport or Passport Card
Customs Decal
ROAM app


US Customs does not require a visit after rounding the Coronado Islands

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