Ensenada Race Records Could Fall
Published on April 22nd, 2016
Newport Beach, CA (April 22, 2016) – Two Hundred and twelve boats are expected to start today for the 69th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, the 125 nm course from Newport Beach, CA to Ensenada, Mexico.
The forecast could challenge the elapsed time and multihull record of 6:46:40, set my Steve Fossett on Stars and Stripes in 1998. The 2009 monohull record of 10:37:50 was set by Doug Baker’s Magnitude.
BACKGROUND: First run in 1948, the N2E has a storied history of mixing professional racers, celebrities and recreational sailors to become a time-honored steeped in tradition event for Newport Beach, the city of Ensenada and sailing enthusiasts who come from across the country to compete. More than 40 trophy categories in monohull, multihull and cruising classes give this a race a wide appeal. In recent years, great winds have tested and challenged the skills of crews, many who only sail overnight on this race.