January 25, 2019

Newport to Ensenada – Better Racing with ULBD Classes

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jan. 25, 2019 – To give racers the opportunity to sail from Newport Beach to Ensenada with boats that perform most like their own, Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) officials will separate boats into ULDB and non-ULDB classes.

NOSA, the organizers of the coastal classic, typically provides tight class breaks based on PHRF ratings. For 2019, NOSA will include the PHRF Performance Factor for class assignments.

For participants, this means that sailing skills will have more effect on the outcome than random weather events, which means more fun and well-earned wins.

“This is just one of several innovations we are adding to this year’s Newport to Ensenada race,” said Commodore Daniel Hodge. “Competitiveness is important to our participants. It cannot be called competitive when the wind picks up and the light boats in your class take off. We think the new ULDB classes will provide for much better racing.”
NOSA provides a choice of three courses to meet every sailor’s skill level, distance goals, desires and capabilities; Newport to Ensenada (N2E), Newport to San Diego (N2SD), and Newport to Dana Point (N2DP). Trophies are awarded for racers in more than 40 classes of cruisers, multihulls and monohulls, ocean and nearshore sailboats. There’s something for everybody.

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