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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

ENSENADA: Newport to Ensenada Sailing Race, new HQ and new finish line for 2012


LA Boating Examiner



The Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race participants have reason to get excited when planning for the 2012 edition of the Race.  A new finish line as well as a new Race Headquarters location has been established for the 2012 Race.
The new finish line will be at the northern end of Todos Santos Bay, and will be easily seen by race fans as the boats finish the 125 mile race.  This new finish area will increase not only spectator viewing, but make the end of race tactics more apparent to the crowds lining the shore as the race finishes.
For racers who want to venture back downtown, there will be frequent free shuttles available and the ambiance and tradition of the old, wild celebrations of earlier races can still occur.

The new Race headquarters will be at the Hotel Coral and Marina, a modern hotel and marina at the northern end of Ensenada.  With over 300 slips available in the Marina, racers will be able to finish the race and almost immediately check into the marina to clean up and relax.  Hotel Coral is a true full service hotel, with full facilities including a Spa for those who truly want to unwind after the race ends.
The Coral Marina has slips for boats ranging from 30’ to 60’ plus end ties for vessels up to 100’.  In addition, Coral has the only fuel dock available at the north end of Ensenada.  Boaters can go down with a lighter boat (saving on fuel weight) and then fuel up at Coral for the return bash uphill under power.
The new finish line and new location for Race headquarters will make the race more viewer friendly, and open the race up to increased local viewing. 
Close to Hotel Coral is Sano’s Restaurant, one of the best steak restaurants in town.  Sano’s features great meals and is always a favorite of racers and locals alike.
The 2012 Race will be the 65th annual edition of the race, which is known as the world’s largest international sailing competition.  The start will be off Newport Harbor April 27th, with the earliest finishers crossing the line in Ensenada anywhere from 6 to 36 hours later.
For more information and early entry applications, contact Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA).
Results from the 2011 race are available through NOSA.
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