NHYC CABO RACE 2013
Current Record 2d:13h:25m
Newport Harbor Yacht Club has enjoyed a long-standing tradition of hosting the Newport to Cabo San Lucas Yacht Race. Since its first race in 1971, sailors have enjoyed the 800 mile race down the Baja coastline to the warm weather and big breeze of Cabo San Lucas. Over the 40+ years of hosting the Cabo Race, NHYC has witnessed the tremendous evolution of yacht design and offshore sailing. Typical entries in the 70′s and early 80′s we IOR boats with unique downwind sailing characteristics; the ultralight (ULDB) boats arrived in the early 80′s with the Santa Cruz 50 making their debut in 1981. These offwind speedsters opened the door to bigger ULDB’s and the 70 footers began their reign of the Mexican Races in the mid 80′s. Bigger, faster boats evolved through the 80′s into the 90′s with the development of the 80 footers like Magnitude and Pyewacket. These boats brought along asymmetrical spinnakers, canting keels, and daggerboards. Elapsed times records were always at stake once the 80 footers arrived.competitors.
Lexus Newport to Ensenada Race
Current Record 6h:46m:40s
The Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) was founded in 1947 and has grown to become the organizer of many of Southern California’s traditional boat races. The organization has a rich history of race sponsorship under the stewardship of its presidents and committees.
The founding members of NOSA met in 1947 to organize a small, just-for-fun race for sailors coming out of World War II. Newport Harbor Yacht Club hosted the first race, called at the time, the Governor’s Cup. A total of 117 boats paid $22.50 each to compete in the first 125-nautical mile race from Newport Beach, Calif. to Ensenada, Mexico on April 23, 1948. With winds estimated at 25–35 knots, only 65 boats finished the race that year.competitors.
Current Record 5d:9h:18m:26s
For more than a century, sailors have competed in the Transpacific Yacht Race, a 2,225-nautical mile blue water contest envisioned by Hawaii’s last monarch, King David Kalakaua. From the shores of California to the foot of Diamond Head, Oahu, since 1906 the Transpac has been synonymous with challenge, adventure, teamwork and excellence: inspiring a sense of achievement and camaraderie in participants, that lasts a lifetime. Held biennially (the next Transpac starts June 29, 2009) ceremonies and festivities see the competitors off from the colorful Rainbow Harbor Marina in downtown Long Beach, California - one of the nation’s top tourism destinations. A prime venue for racers, spectators and sponsors, Rainbow Harbor is the official Mainland Port of the Transpac and hosts a series of permanent monuments along the Transpac Walk of Fame.
RACE TO ALASKA 2016
About the Race
Last year 35 teams started, 15 finished.
THIS ISN’T FOR EVERYONE
We doubt Larry Ellison and his America’s Cup boats could even finish.
We invited him to change our minds.
750 miles of 50 degree water
The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune.
It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize for a race of its kind.
It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat,
with a chance of drowning
…being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear.
There are squalls, killer whales, tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles an hour, and some of the most beautiful scenery on god’s green earth.
R2AK is based on the hardest kind of simplicity:
You, a boat, a starting gun
$10,000 if you finish first,
A set of steak knives if you’re second,
Cathartic elation if you can simply complete the course.
Self-supported race: no supply drops, no safety net.
Any boat without an engine can enter.
The race has two stages:
Stage 1: Proving Grounds-
Port Townsend to Victoria BC (40 miles)
R2AK starts with an initial race across open water, two sets of shipping lanes, and an international border. The first stage is designed as a qualifier for the full race and as a stand-alone 40 mile sprint for people who just want to put their toe in.
If you want to be a part of R2AK but don’t have the time or inclination for the full race- join for a full day of all out racing across some of the biggest water in the course. Racers continuing on will clear Canadian customs in Victoria.
Stage one winners get to bask in the glory for a full day and a half.
Stage 2: Long haul North-
Victoria BC to Ketchikan (710 miles)
Racers start in Victoria at high noon on Sunday, June 26th and continue until they reach Ketchikan or are tapped out by the sweep boat.
Other than two waypoints at Seymour Narrows and Bella Bella, there is no official course. To quote the bard: You can go your own way.