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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.


Photo credit: Marlene Webster


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.

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Bus Service provided by Bajarama de Mexico




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 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


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.