NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 18, 2021 – Standard registration for the 73rd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race will close April 1. Sailors are also encouraged to book boat slips and rooms at the Hotel Coral and Marina by the same date.
Skippers who sign up April 2 through 8 will be charged a $100 late fee. Registration officially close April 8.
Race organizers, the Newport Ocean Racing Association, announced last October its commitment to holding the 73rd annual race. Thanks to the reduction of COVID restrictions and with the Mexican Navy offering landing assistance, sailors will safely be able to disembark and enjoy Ensenada.
As restrictions are being lifted, options for social activities will increase in Newport Beach for packet pick-ups, and it is possible that the always festive Ensenada could reach yellow or green tiers by race day.
In consideration that large gatherings are still likely to be restricted, the awards ceremony Sunday afternoon, always joyful and celebratory, may be conducted in shifts.
For those sailing the challenging San Diego course, our race partners at Silver Gate Yacht Club are anticipating some ability to offer food service and additional activities if health and safety guidelines permit.
Those who still have questions or concerns are encouraged to visit the FAQ page at NOSA.org.
“We’ve really made the best of a challenging situation and are pleased at the number of sailors planning to participate if for no other reason than the love of the sport and to honor this race’s esteemed traditions,” said Vice Commodore Administration Mary Bacon.
To help racers be better prepared and race ready, NOSA’s annual sailing seminars started last week via Zoom and will be held once again this month and on April 7.
To date, more than 100 boats have registered for N2E 73 which will start off the Balboa Pier on April 23.