Saturday, April 27, 2019

Newport to Ensenada Race Preview

J/120 sailboat(Newport Beach, CA)- Southern California offshore sailing teams are looking forward to their second major event of the season.  After the famous (and light) Cabo San Lucas race, the fleet is expecting “fast forward” downwind sleigh rides in this year’s Newport to Ensenada Race- one of the world’s largest international yacht races, with a legendary 125nm course that starts off the piers at Newport Beach, CA and heads south down the California coastline to a finish inside Toto Santos Bay off the lovely Hotel Coral & Marina in Ensenada.

Starting on April 26th, the fleet of 180+ boats will look forward to their 72nd annual edition of the race.  Answering that seductive call to the sea- the “song of the sirens”- are nearly a dozen J/crews from the Southern California region.

Rudolph Hasl’s crew have “up-scaled” their ride for his race; leaping from their J/120 HASL FREE to the J/145 PALAEMON in the PHF ULDB A Class.  Sailing in the PHRF ULDB B Class will be Scott Grealish’s J/121 BLUEFLASH and Viggo Torbensen’s J/125 TIMESHAVER; that will be an interesting duel to watch!  Then, in PHRF ULDB C Class, Seth Hall’s J/124 MARISOL will be up against Doug & Jack Jorgensen’s J/111 PICOSA. Finally, in PHRF ULDB D Class, Brian Kerr’s J/92 DOUBLE DOWN will do battle with two J/105s (Juan Lois’ ROCINANTE and Dan Murphy’s CUCHULAINN).

The PHRF A fleet will see two J/120s dueling for class honors; Terri Manok’s POLE DANCER and Jack Rose’s PRIVATEER II.  For more Newport to Ensenada Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.