A Big Win was on the Horizon; Camaraderie Trumps Weather

From Ensenada, Mexico, today – There’s no putting a damper on the attitude of competitors at the 68th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race that wrapped yesterday; camaraderie and the spirit of competition trumps lofty winds and rogue showers every time. Via the challenges of this race however, we learned it can be rewarding to get swept away with your family, It’s OK to get off to a bad start, teenagers cure doldrums and look to the horizon for brighter days.

Horizon, now owned by John Shulze, representing Balboa Yacht Club, was the big winner Sunday taking home four trophies: President of the United States Trophy for Best Corrected time overall in the PHRF class, Tommy Bahama Trophy for Best Corrected time for all boats, the Governor of California Trophy for Best Corrected Time in PHRF-A Class and Best Corrected Member of a Newport Beach Yacht Club Trophy.

When Shulze purchased the Santa Cruz 50 last year, it came with a crew and a winning record. Helmed by its previous skipper Jack Taylor, Horizon won numerous accolades over the years, most notably trophies for winning the PHRF-A class the previous two years. With the win Sunday, Horizon has logged a rare N2E three-peat.

The boat won its start Friday on the advice tactician Erik Shampain, with father and navigator Jon selecting the outside course. It was the right choice. “Jon is a legendary magician and the team is phenomenal,” Shulze said. “They know how to get the best out of the boat. I’m honored to be the new owner, but it’s the crew that makes it happen.”

Shulze has sailed N2E eight times in a J109 that also competed in this event. That boat withdrew after struggling in light winds. Later this summer Shulze and crew will compete in the Transpac, the Islands Run race and the Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race. “We’ve got an active program,” he said. “I look forward to competing in the future.”

Crowd at CeremonyH.L. Enloe’s Mighty Merloe, that arrived Saturday before dawn and headed home before most of those at the Hotel Coral woke, will also be claiming four trophies, the Alice Purcell Trophy for Best Elapsed Time, Orca Class, the Stein-Cross Trophy for the Best Corrected Trimaran and the NOSA Trophy for the best elapsed time of all boats and won best corrected time in the ORCA class, the President of NOSA Trophy.

Charlie Ogletree, the tactician aboard Tom Siebel’s 70 MOD Orion, who won the best elapsed time trophy last year, said with five lead changes the two boats had a match race going on. “The conditions were tough as the extreme light air required a lot of concentration and patience,” Ogletree said. “Congratulations to Enloe and Mighty Merloe. Orion looks forward to a rematch next year.”

Austin Artis sailed his house to Ensenada, along with a friend, his wife, mother, father, brother and sister as crew. But they sailed their home and newly crowned race boat, a 50-foot Beneteau Oceanis Sweptaway so well they’re leaving with three trophies: The Secretary of Foreign Relations, Mexico Trophy, for best elapsed time in the Cruz class; the Blue Gavel Trophy for Best Corrected Cruz, Gen A Class and Best Corrected Beneteau, Cruz Trophy.

When Artis is not working as a harbor patrol officer in Ventura Harbor, he and wife Karen Keltner run an outdoor education program for kids. Although this is Sweptaway’s first N2E, Artis was on a boat that placed third overall in the 2011 race and has sailed since he was 12.

Speaking of young sailors, Scott Grealish credits his 16-year-old son for BlueFlash winning the Gil Knudson Trophy for Best Corrected Time, PHRF-D. In their first N2E and second ocean race ever, Grealish said his son, a champion dinghy racer, was the one on deck who pulled the J88 out of the doldrums. Although Grealish lives in Oregon, he keeps BlueFlash in San Diego. He decided to race N2E because it was appropriate for his 29-foot boat and because of N2E’s rich history.

Offshore, James Kirkpatrick`s Alberg, Expression Session found wind. Sailing the new Transpac course, the long-distance enthusiast admits it was slow going at first. Around midnight they made it beyond San Clemente Island and discovered variable winds of 10 to 15 knots. They arrived late afternoon Saturday with 20-plus knots, trying to best the rain. They may not have outrun the weather, but Expression Session took home the first Converse Wurdemann trophy for the best corrected Transpac class boat. Kirkpatrick said he’d like to see more offshore races and hopes that more sailors take the longer course next year.

Tecate GirlsAndy Rose, one of three partners of the Andrews 50 It’s OK, did not have high hopes of a good race when they left Friday to 6 knots of wind. The first five hours were the worst in my N2E in history, he said. “But the last 16 were the best and the finish – a once in an Ensenada career finish – was truly thrilling,” Rose said.

It’s OK was one of five boats that after 125 miles of racing came together to cross the finish line only seconds apart. “No one had a concept of handicaps; we all just wanted to be first across that finish line,” he said.

It’s OK was awarded the Secretary of State, USA Trophy for having the best corrected time in the new Fast50 Class. The win and the finish were particularly significant because of the stature of the maxi`s and other boats that came in with us, Rose said.

Although he did not win anything this year, John Sangmeister got enthusiastic cheers from the crowd when they learned that trophy winners and runners up in each class would receive gift certificates to his restaurant, Gladstones of Long Beach.

Sangmeister’s Pieology, a NACRA F20 full-foiling catamaran was the first entry into N2E’s new Unlimited Class. Although the extremely light air may be been a factor, Sangmeister claims the boat did not finish because he’s afraid of the dark.

“Weather dependent records are elusive and therefore most intriguing. It was great fun to be part of the tradition both old and new. We hope the Unlimited Class will grow in number of entrants and variety of craft,” he said.


Mighty Merloe first to finish at

68th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race

Ensenada, Mexico, April 25, 2015 – H.L. Enloe’s Mighty Merloe slipped into Ensenada minutes before dawn this morning at 5:55:35 a.m. to secure Best Elapsed Time honors at the 68th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. Last year’s first to finish winner, Tom Sieble’s Orion, crossed the finish line to the light of day at 6:24:29 a.m.

By 8 a.m., the masts of the sleds and maxi’s could be seen peaking above the horizon and slowly washed in with a bank of clouds that seemed to have hovered offshore all night. Details are pending, but a group of five favorites including Pyewacket and Bad Pak clustered together in the final minutes to finish only seconds apart.

Early morning showers put a damper on the wind, Friday and the start may have looked like a raft up from afar. Close up, there were still lots of jockeying for position as the various classes drifted into the start line. By 1 p.m. the 205 boat fleet, flying colorful spinnakers headed into the dark grey horizon in search of wind.

Nineteen boats called in throughout the night with to report DNF status including last years’ big winner Mama Tried, sailed by Pete Melvin.

More results and details pending. Winds picked up at 10 a.m. will give a welcome push to the remaining competitors.

Check back soon.



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NOSA Looks to Sailing Community for Support Of Autism Center in Ensenada

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 9, 2015 – Our board is a happy to announce our members will be collecting donations to benefit a school for autistic children in Ensenada at many events leading up to race day.

Asociacion de Integracion  y Rehabilitacion de Autistas de Ensenada, A.C., can benefit most from musical instruments, interactive teaching materials and monetary donations, said Director Ruben Lopez Arce.

Toni Biaunco, who manages the hospitality aspects of the race said NOSA has been working to assist the autism center for the past year. “Once you visit, you understand the needs of this center,” she said.

NOSA members will supply and staff marked collection baskets in which attendees can leave donations at three key events prior to the race: At Balboa Fest April 19 and the American Legion Yacht Club’s Sail Away party April 23.

Special to the April 22 Sterling BMW VIP party at the Balboa Bay Resort is a raffle.  A two-night stay at the host’s beautifully renovated resort and dinner for four at Canaletto Ristorante Veneto has already been pledged to winners of the drawing.

The school was built on land donated by the government and opened in 1998 thanks to tireless fundraising via raffles, events, and community outreach efforts. Ongoing fundraising provides learning tools for students and continuous staff training. Responsible for 15 students, the full time team is supplemented by volunteers, social service providers and parents.10552485_919547988060736_7851932815438211340_n

Lopez Arce said that the school’s mission is to provide high-impact treatment for children and youth with neuro-developmental disorders, to substantially improve their quality of life while advocating for the rights of all those with disabilities.

“People with autism have significant alterations in social interactions, communication and affection,” said Lopez Arce. “They require specialized care for all senses, family, social and environment adaptations in addition to basic education.”


The school’s programs provide custom therapeutic, one-on-one care along with family support to enable students to achieve independence and integration in all areas of life.

NOSA will present the donations to the school at a luncheon following the April 25 wrap up of the race.


ALYC_logoApril 2, 2015 – We are pleased to announce that the treasured and hospitable American Legion Post 291 and its yacht club will host the new Sail Away annual pre-race party April 23. Board members believe the move will reinvigorate the event that used to attract enthusiastic crowds of racers and well-wishing support crew in years past but has not been so well-received since moving to a restaurant venue.

The party, exclusively for skippers, crew and invited guests starts at 6 p.m. Vessel Assist will shuttle guests from their boats to the American Legion guest dock while boats operated by the Boy Scouts Sea Base will circle every 30 minutes from Balboa Yacht Club until 10pm.  Enter via the west entrance, next to the parking lot.

“We want it to be a fun event; a good time,” said ALYC Staff Commodore Jon Reynolds. “We’re hoping that racers enjoy our yacht club and the camaraderie that this race is all about.” Reynolds said many ALYC members sail N2E and the club competes for the Most Entries trophy.

Registration tables will be set up outside the west entrance for quick access and the purchase of food and drink tickets. Lot parking is for members only, but side streets offer free parking within an easy walk if party-goers have to drive.


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The club will offer pub-style food and a full bar featuring our libation sponsors, Stella Artois beer and Hotel California Tequila. A local band favorite, the Nomads, will provide entertainment.  Raffle tickets will be available for sponsor-provided services and merchandise.

One of the best features of the club, Reynolds said, is the combination of plentiful outdoor areas along with an interior set up with room for entertainment and conversation.

“ALYC is putting in a lot of work to make this happen. But we all think will be a great match; a relaxed venue with great food and reasonable drink prices,” said Tom Kennedy, NOSA vice commodore. “We want this to launch a new era of pre-race parties.”

Racing starts off the Balboa Pier, Friday, April 24 at 11a.m The Sail Away party is just one of several events before the race.

Stay up to date with our events by viewing our calendar here :  http://newporttoensenada.com/calendar/



Bus Service provided by Bajarama de Mexico http://www.bajarama.com/




We must have 25 reservations for the bus to make this trip. If you are interested in going down or you have family or friends who would like to do this please email Lynn Drury at lynncdrury@aol.com. Reservations must be made by the 15th of April. If we do not have that many reservations we will not offer the service.

Pickup Location: Balboa Pier Parking Lot

 Cost:  $50.00 per person


Tickets home will go on sale at 11:00am Sunday morning ( 4/26) . They will be for sale till the end of Trophy Presentation. We will get everyone who wants to take the bus on board as there will be plenty of buses. Tickets will be sold near the Results Boards. There will be a table with an umbrella and a sign stating Bus Service.

Cost: $50.00 per person

The Bus will stop at the following places for debarkation:

San Diego – San Diego Train Station
Dana Point – Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive
Newport Beach – Balboa Pier Parking lot