Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: 4/16/24

The Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (N2E IYR)

The courses:  N2E, N2SD

What is new in 2024 N2E ? New US Sailing Racing Rules and SERs.  See NORs for modifications and exclusions.

Which N2E IYR race should I do? 

There are 2 courses to choose from; N2E and N2SD. Entering either of the two allows you to participate in the parties, events, and the Newport Beach start. Here are some reasons for choosing a specific course:

N2SD is intended for racers who don’t want to go to Ensenada. For 2024 it is 88nm and goes around the North Coronado Island. Mexican documents and US Customs are not required.

N2E is the main event and historically draws the most boats for the tightest class break racing. It includes finishing in a foreign country, Mexico.  It has a big finish party.  Someone always asks about safety in Mexico. Cruise ships stop in Ensenada. 

You can change courses after you enter. Between N2SD & N2E there is no payment issue, as the fees are the same.

Which N2E Class should I enter? 

Multihulls will enter ORCA.
Monohulls will enter PHRF. Boats that also have an ORR or ORRez rating can compete for the 1st ORR boat trophy and an ORR-Ez Trophy.

PHRF boats may choose CRUZ. CRUZ classes are slower boats that can run their motor(s) for a time penalty. PHRF offers the cruise gear Configuration Adjustment for most cruiser type boats, regardless of whether they enter CRUZ or not. Boats may choose to race Non-Spin in either PHRF CRUZ Non-Spin start class, or non-CRUZ PHRF with a spinnaker rating adjustment.

After entering, NOSA will assign boats to a specific start-class based on class breaks determined from entries (A, B, C…) and their ratings. Similarly, NOSA will divide PHRF non-CRUZ boats into UL and Race fleets based on their Performance Factor. Refer to the NORs for more details.

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