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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Racing

In the yachting world, no other international race attracts more entries. This annual event takes place this year on April 25, 26, 27, 2008, the last weekend in April. With its spectacular starts off the shores of Newport Beach, this is always reported as one of the greatest sailing events of the year.

Created by the Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) in 1947, when the founding member wanted to organize a small, just-for-fun race for sailors coming out of World War II.
Since then participants have been well-known racers, adventure-seekers, novice sailors, and celebrities from around the world. People such as well-known actors Buddy Ebsen and Humphrey Bogart, Walter Cronkite, comedienne Vicki Lawrence, and Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Paul Conrad have raced alongside world-class skippers.

The first 125-mile race from Newport Beach, California to Ensenada, Mexico took place on April 23, 1948 and only 65 boats finished the race that year. In 1983, a record 675 boats entered the race and more than 500 boats typically competing every year. The racing teams compete for the coveted First-to-Finish Honors, the President of the United States Trophy, and the President of Mexico Trophy among many other awards.

In the 1998 51st Annual Newport to Ensenada Race, the winds blew hard and consistent allowing virtually every boat to finish in record time, but last year there were 449 entries and only 241 official finishers before the Sunday cutoff. On Saturday the 26th, the yachts and racer begin filling the Ensenada Harbor for the finish of the 61st Annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race and whether you’re a racing fan or not, this is the largest yacht race in the world and is going to be a great weekend in Ensenada full of fun and good times. http://www.nosa.org