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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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

N2E Now A Transpac Qualifier

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Nov. 28, 2014 – Officials with the Newport Ocean Sailing Association have announced that the iconic Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race is now an approved Transpac qualifying event.

According to the Transpac Notice of Race, to be eligible for the July 2015 event, each boat must complete a qualifying race prior to June 1. Those races are generally 150-plus nautical-mile ocean passages. Few Southern California races meet those requirements. 

To meet the qualifying criteria, NOSA will offer a separate, longer N2E course that will go around San Clemente Island and south to the same finish line as the other racers.

NOSA believes the more challenging course will be advantageous for local boats and skippers new to Transpac and competitors sailing from afar who could sail N2E as a tune up race. Vice Commodore Jerry Moulton suggested the longer, offshore route that members of US Sailing and the Transpacific Yacht Club officially approved.

The course will be open to all racers who qualify; bigger boats and race veterans wanting to up their level of competition, fun and excitement while racing against world-class Transpac contenders.

“It’s a win-win for everybody,” said Moulton. N2E boats running the supplemental course will have to meet higher Transpac safety standards as US Sailing considers the new route an ocean course. N2E is normally considered a coastal race.

“Anyone who qualifies can participate in the longer race,” said Moulton. Those higher Transpac standards will potentially include having upgraded safety equipment aboard.

Transpac, a 2,225 nautical mile race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii runs every two years. Officials announced the opening of entries for the 48th running on its Facebook page September 16 and two 100-foot yachts have already signed up. One is Bob Oatley’s supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, which is operated as a joint venture between Oatley and Roy Disney Jr.

The annual N2E race will run April 24, 2015. Entries open January 1, 2015

2015 Newport to Ensenada Race

The Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA), announces the 68th Newport To Ensenada Race to be held on April 24th through April 26th 2015.

Entries will open on January 1, 2015, with an early entry discount of $50 through January 31, 2015.
Entry fees February 1st through March 31st will be $225, with a $75 additional late entry fee starting April 1st
Notice of Race is posted under Race Documents or can be viewed/downloaded here.
Headquarters will again be at the beautiful Hotel Coral & Marina.