N2E, 11 ORCA Boats and Counting
The iconic 71st Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is fast approaching. And at a month and half out from the April 27th start, ORCA already has 11 boats committed. This is a good start and on par for last year.
The 2018 N2E has two great additions this year. First, all boats will be issued a Yellow Brick Tracker. Safety first, but it’s also an opportunity for involving family, friends and the non-sailing community in general. The tracking data will be available on multiple sites, including NOSA’s and the major sponsor, the Los Angeles Times, in addition to mobile and social media apps.
Second, NOSA is offering three courses this year; the Border Run Sprint, the Border Run, and the Newport to Ensenada. All start off the Balboa Pier on April 27th and will run alongside each other.
The Border Run Sprint (N2DP) is an open invite for all boats, large and small looking to participate but preferring a shorter course. It’s a true 14 mile run with everyone but finishing at Dana Point. Just perfect for a quick run down the coast with some of the best boats, skippers and crew on the West Coast.
For those looking to do the same but unable to commit to the full race, there’s the Border Run (N2SD) that finishes in San Diego. With NOSA acquiring the Border Run this year, there is now the option for 70 mile run to pace yourself against a few hundred of your closest racing friends and return for the weekend.
Of course, there’s still the legendary N2E, the 125-mile course that finishes inside Toto Santos Bay at Ensenada Mexico. The race that tests your sailing skills and teamwork in a competitive field and still one of the world’s largest international yacht races.
Whatever your choice, the opportunity for great racing stays the same. There are now more opportunities to place also with trophies being awarded in multiple class categories. To say that multihull yachts have done well in N2E would be an understatement. To date, they’ve claimed more than 70% of first-to-finish honors.
Here is the breakdown of ORCA boats so far:
Border Run Sprint (More Boats Needed!)
|Los Tres Amigos||Corsair 31||Alan Johnson|
|Mako||Corsair 27||M Kreke|
|Mental Floss||Corsair 37||Jeff Cohen|
|Uneven Keel||F-82||Mark Berdan|
Newport to Ensenada
|Chim Chim||Gunboat 62||John Gallagher|
|Kastor Pollux||Leopard 43||Jerzy Poprawski|
|Some Tuesday||Lagoon||Steve Dunlap|
|Trident||Corsair F28cc||Terry Argast|
|Wahoo||Schionning GF 1400||Bill Gibbs|
Newport to Ensenada (ORCA-Maxi)
|Mighty Merloe||Orma 60||H.L. Enloe|