The 73rd running of the annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race will join the Mexican Navy in celebrating its 200th Anniversary.
As part of the organization's plan to integrate nautical events in celebration of the 200-year history, Admiral Hilario Duran Tiburcio, of the Second Naval District, has authorized and will host special recognition and celebratory events at the Hotel Coral and Marina, and at the Port of Ensenada in conjunction with the running of N2E.
Sailors will be greeted by Naval ships at the Coronado Islands, while cutters and patrol boats will remain on the course and in the harbor for most of the race weekend.
Most significantly, the Admiral has offers to expedite landing procedures and help racers with Covid precautions. Although Health Department nurses do not usually work weekends, they will be on-station at the marinas and at the customs landing to assist with the timely and safe processing of incoming racers.
“We are honored to be part of their celebrations,” said Staff Commodore Tom Kennedy, who met with the Admiral on a recent trip to Ensenada to scout and experience Covid procedures and protocols in advance of the sailors and racing parties.
“In the City of Ensenada and throughout Mexico, Covid is taken seriously with measures in place to mitigate the spread,” said Kennedy. However, mitigation efforts, he said, did not detract from the visit, or encumber the return home.
The Mexican Navy, called the Armada de México is one of the two independent armed forces of Mexico under the Secretaría de Marina. The commander of the Navy is both a cabinet minister and a career naval officer.
As of 2020, research shows that the Navy is comprised of more than 68,200 men and women, nearly 190 ships, and about 130 aircraft. The organization has been in charge of the Port of Ensenada for the last three years.
As part of the celebrations, Club Nautica Baja is organizing a Sunday race around the bay that N2E sailors will be invited to join.
The Newport Ocean Sailing Association will start all three N2E courses April 23, 2021, off the Balboa Pier. All course options are open for entries. For more information and course options, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page at nosa.org/frequently-asked-questions/ and read the “ABC’s of N2E.” With the new US Customs App, returning after the race has never been easier.