FlagsPierNEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 30, 2015 – With the race less than a month away, participants also know to get fired up for a series of entertaining time-honored events, held within a week of the April 24 start that has secured N2E not only as a race, but an epic event for the sailing community and residents at large.

Race week formally kicks off Sunday, April 19 with the 2nd Annual Balboa Village Fest at the Balboa Fun Zone, from11a.m. to 4p.m. Watch noted chalk artists, see the Sea Scouts knot-tying demonstration, take in the city’s Taste of Balboa or visit the Nautical Museum that always hosts hands-on activities for children. Race boats docked nearby will be open for viewing or guests can just relax in the Stella Artois beer garden. Not to be missed is the annual race painting unveiling by NOSA officers with local dignitaries. Food and beverage tickets range from $2 – $10. All else is free.

The annual Skippers Luncheon, hosted by and at the historical Newport Harbor Yacht Club, will be Wednesday, April 22. At noon, sailmakers and racing gurus from Ullman Sails will offer last minute tips about winning the race and taking care of sails after a breezy run. RSVP`s a must. Cost is $15.

Sterling BMW is the sponsor of the Boat Owners VIP Reception, Wednesday, April 22 at 6p.m. The beautiful Balboa Bay Resort hosts this event, exclusively for city officials, sponsors and boat owners.

Back with a splash this year is the reinvigorated Sail Away party for skippers, crew and invited guests at the venerable American Legion Yacht Club. Be there Thursday, April 23 from 6 – 10 p.m. for hearty food, libations and entertainment. No cover. Vessel Assist and Sea Base boats will shuttle participating sailors to and from their boats or BYC.

Racing starts off the Balboa Pier, Friday, April 24 from 11a.m. to 12p.m. If sailing enthusiasts can’t get on the water, catch the spectacular sight of 200 sailboats vying for a good start position from the beach or the pier.

A complete list of events with sign up information if necessary is posted at For race participants, there is also a schedule of activities planned in Ensenada. From enjoying a free cold beer on the docks of the Hotel Coral & Marina to celebrating with the Tecate girls at the Mexicana Festival Saturday evening, to the official awards ceremony Sunday, April 26 at 2p.m., there is something for everyone.

Don’t miss out!

LA TIMES to Present Yacht Race though 2017 SPONSORSHIP ROSTER Grows

la_timesBoard members of the Newport Ocean Racing Association, hosts of annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht International Race, proudly announce that the Los Angeles Times will be a three-year presenting sponsor for our illustrious, historical race. N2E is not only a sailboat race; is an epic event for the sailing community and local residents.

As sponsors, The Times will distribute more than 45,000 race programs to its Orange County subscribers and will support official and affiliate sponsors with promotional opportunities in The Times, Daily Pilot, Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent. The race program provides a history of the storied competition, details about race-related events and some of the incredible volunteers that work year-round to produce a fun and exciting race. Information about the NOSA’s Ensenada partners that so welcome participants yearly is also included.

Sterling BMW, Hotel California Tequila, the Balboa Bay Resort and Hornblower Yachts are aboard this year as Official Sponsors.

Sterling BMW is the sponsor of the Boat Owners VIP Reception, Wednesday, April 22 at 6p.m, hosted by the beautiful Balboa Bay Resort, the city’s only waterfront hotel. Hornblower Yachts will provide an on-the-water venue for visiting dignitaries.

Stella Artois will provide beer at all NOSA events, starting in the beer garden of the 2nd annual Balboa Village Fest at the Balboa Fun Zone April 19. Returning sponsor Ullman Sails will provide each skipper a custom keepsake gear bag and its sailing experts will speak at the annual Yachtsmen luncheon to offer last minute tips about winning the race and taking care of sails after a breezy run.

In the Vessel Assist bag will be the annual N2E hats courtesy of new sponsor Hotel California Tequila, along with a bottle of their signature libation, a box of KIND Healthy Snack Bars and thanks to Farmers & Merchants Bank, a case of bottled water. The bank is also hosting the annual volunteer appreciation party before the race. NOSA board members joked that skippers should bring their dock dolly to the packet pick up or they’ll be making a couple of trips to their cars. “Our goal is to see that racers have a good time,” said Commodore Dave Shockley.

New sponsors Gladstone’s of Long Beach will help winner’s celebrate in style with gift certificates of up to $100 for boat owners who trophy in their class.

NOSA would also like to thank The City of Newport Beach, West Marine, Baja Tourism Board, Vessel Assist, Ruby’s Diner, High-Times Cellars, the Sea Base, ExplorOcean, Sailing Anarchy, artist Gary Miltimore, the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel and Spa and the Hotel Coral and Marina in Ensenada for their continuing support.


To get in on the festivities, and the race, sign up soon!

Racing starts off the Balboa Pier, Friday, April 24 from 11a.m. Be there.


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 6, 2014 – This month, NOSA will present a series of five “Sail to Win” seminars at West Marine stores near you. With strategies and planning tips provided by veteran N2E racers and event sponsors those who attend will be better equipped not only safely sail the race, but maybe even be a part of history and win the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.

“The seminar will tell you everything that’s required to enter and competitively compete,” said Vice Commodore Tom Kennedy. The seminar series is an annual courtesy to racers and assist skippers in the proper preparation of their boats and crew. The seminars are especially helpful and are highly recommended for new N2E racers and those with no overnight race experience.

Topics presented include everything from setting up watches, crew and meal schedules to how to conduct safety drills and practice sessions, along with night racing tips, sail trim according to weather and how to find wind. Most importantly, it covers necessary safety equipment for the race as adopted from US Sailing and PHRF regulations. Advance preparations for ease of entry and return from Mexico are also discussed.

A representative from returning sponsor Ullman Sails will speak at each seminar and advise racers about choosing the right sail for different wind and weather conditions.

All seminars, with the exception of Dana Point Yacht Club’s March 26 event, will be held at West Marine stores and will start at 7 pm. Staff of West Marine, a long-time race sponsor, will talk to attendees about provisioning boats and answer questions skippers may have about equipment.

Please visit the event page, to the right under the heading Race Info, for location details. While here, register for the race! What are you waiting for? The countdown to this year’s N2E is ON.


March 11         Long Beach, West Marine
March 12        Oxnard/Ventura, West Marine
March 18        Newport Beach, West Marine
March 25        San Diego, West Marine
March 26        Dana Point, Dana Point Yacht Club

If you miss or are unable to attend one of the seminars, you will be able to download presentation slides from the N2E website after March 26.

NOSA’s new “Unlimited” Class brings high tech sailing to 68th N2E Race

Photo: KS Photography

Photo: KS Photography

Newport Beach, Calif., – NOSA has added an “Unlimited” class to 2015’s N2E. The addition reflects the board’s desire to accommodate non-traditional boats, those that don’t fit into typical class categories. The new class is open to all adventurous racers with a well-equipped support boat. If you’re agile, fast and daring, this is the race to strut your stuff.

John Sangmeister, a local sailor, was the first to register in the class. Although he’s sailed in American’s Cup campaigns, a Santa Cruz 70, a Formula 40 and a 70-foot ORMA, Sangmeister will race a NACRA F20 Carbon full-foiling catamaran in N2E.

Entries in this class will not be given a handicap, nor will they compete against other classes. Results will be based only on elapsed time.

Since these boat’s minimalist design prevent the vessel from carrying required safety equipment as per US Sailing’s coastal racing requirements, participants must provide a dedicated support boat to follow along and provide assistance if necessary.

Foiling technology has been sailed in the Moth class for some time, but competing manufacturers are attempting to make more competitive designs with the latest lightweight materials. The result is speed, upward of 30 knots an hour depending on wind, which will make for a very fun and exciting race.

US Sailing Coastal Safety At Sea Seminar

Presented by Bruce Brown from US Sailing, and specifically designed for Inland and Coastal Racers and Cruisers. 

When: Saturday February 28, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Where: Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club , 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Topics: Personal Safety Gear, Man Overboard, Emergency Communication, Search and Rescue…and much more.

It will be a half day course, with complimentary continental breakfast served from 8 – 8:30 AM

Lunch will also be available for purchase, but you need to reserve a spot.

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club

The Seminar fee is $75 per person

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If you are interested in racing the N2E, but need to find a boat or crew, add your information to our new forum for others to find you ! Click below or on the menu to the right.

Crew Opportunities

After the Sun Sets

Night Racing Seminar FlyerFor years, sailors sought the challenge of racing distances to experience the excitement and solitude of sailing through the night. It’s time to get back out there. Come learn what are the new safety requirements? How does the weather change tactics? How do you trim sails in the dark? Is it really as different as night and day? What do crew members need to know? What do you need to know…


Bob Steel – US Sailing “Safety at Sea” instructor, on Safety and Weather Forecasting

Bruce Cooper – Ullman Sails, on night sail trim and selection

Peter Bretschger – NOSA PHRF Fleet Advocate, General tips for night racers and updates on racing to Mexico


If you missed the seminar – click here to download the presentation slides

Registration is open !

Registration for the 68th Annual N2E is now open.  Click on “Register” at the top, or “Registration” under Race Info on the menu to the right.

Entry fees are discounted $50 until Feb 1, 2015 – don’t wait  !

Sea Base Gets Christmas Gift from NOSA

N2E Registration to open, kicking off 2015 Racing
NOSA makes a donation to the Newport Sea Base. L to R – Vice Commodore Tom Kennedy, Tom Hartmann, David Shockley

NOSA makes a donation to the Newport Sea Base. L to R – Vice Commodore Tom Kennedy, Tom Hartmann, David Shockley. Photo: Courtesy of the Newport Sea Base

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., – NOSA ended the year by giving a $3,750 donation to the Newport Sea Base; just as preparations ramp up to open registration Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 for the 68th annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race.  The Newport Sea Base has long been the designated non-profit beneficiary of the annual N2E Race. NOSA Commodore David Shockley and Vice Commodore Tom Kennedy presented the check to Tom Hartmann.

“We are so thankful to receive this contribution and will be using the funds to upgrade the sails on our IMX 38, which is used by the NSB Youth Racing Team to participate in nearshore and offshore racing,” said Hartmann, the NSB’s executive director.
The goal of the NSB, a division of the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, is to introduce young men and women to the sport of sailing. Sea Base alumni are racing at Tufts University, UCLA, Cal Poly, and one is racing aboard RIO 100, said Hartmann. “Our youth sailors have raced in the Islands Race, Border Run, Sunkist Series, the Double Dash, the Summer Series and we hope to put the 2015 N2E on the calendar!”

Registration for the 68th annual N2E race opens here Jan.1. Entry forms, along with the applicable fees may also be mailed. See details on the NOR. The entry fee for the race is $225.00. Sign up in January to enjoy a $50.00 discount.  Sign up after April 1, 2015 and the total jumps to $300.

The event is “the biggest race of the year on the US West Coast; an opportunity to thaw out in Mexico after our cold wet winter,” said Bill Gibbs, winner of the 2013 race in the 52-foot catamaran, Afterburner.

“One of the best things about a large sailboat race is lots of classes. This means narrow class rating bands for the best possible handicap racing,” he said.  There’s a class for everybody, he said, from typically slower cruisers up to the fastest grand prix racers. In addition to class trophies, N2E racers compete for a numerous special trophies like fastest elapsed time, overall best handicap, best double-handed crews and fastest all-female team.  “(That’s) 41 perpetual trophies by my count, with corresponding take-home trophies,” said Gibbs. “Some of the trophies read like a who’s-who of sailboat racing.”

2015 Official N2E Gear

Take a LòóK at our pre-Christmas SALE!!

The Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race online store has been updated with 2015 apparel, most items available for immediate delivery.  NOSA’s quality Signature clothing is race ready and waiting for you.  Great gift for the sailor on your list or that special crew member.  Check it out!

2015 N2E Apparel – most items available for immediate delivery !

Click here to visit the store