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All Aboard! The Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race Is Set to Take Place This April

April 18, 2024

Mark your calendars! The legendary Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race sets off on its 125-nautical mile course on April 26, 2024. This annual spectacle begins with a flurry of activity just off the iconic Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, California. From there, daring sailors embark on a thrilling journey south to the charming Mexican port city of Ensenada. This prestigious event boasts a legacy that stretches back to 1948 and is a cornerstone of West Coast sailing. It attracts a diverse range of participants, from seasoned professionals to enthusiastic amateurs. The unpredictable nature of the weather adds another layer of excitement, making each race a unique and exhilarating challenge. Here’s everything you need to know about this annual event in Newport Beach.

A Race for All Levels

The beauty of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race lies in its inclusivity. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor with years of experience under your belt or a first-timer itching for an adventure, there’s a category for you. With over 20 classes encompassing everything from high-performance monohulls to multihulls and cruising yachts (both spinnaker and non-spinnaker), the race welcomes sailors of all stripes.

Strategy and Camaraderie

The 125-mile course presents a captivating tactical challenge. Sailors must weigh their options: hug the coastline for calmer waters or venture offshore in pursuit of stronger winds. This strategic decision-making process adds another layer of excitement to the race and keeps participants coming back year after year. But beyond the competition, Newport to Ensenada fosters a unique sense of camaraderie. Sharing the experience with fellow sailors and crewmates creates memories that transcend the finish line.

Where to Catch the Action

For those who plan to stay on shore but are eager to witness this maritime marvel, there are several prime spots to soak up the atmosphere. The start of the race is truly electrifying, and the best place to see it is at the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. Other locations like the historic Balboa Fun Zone, The Wedge and Corona del Mar State Beach are also great places to catch the start of this epic event.

Follow the Race Virtually

Even if you can’t make it to Newport Beach, you can still follow the action virtually! The Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) often provides race updates and tracking information online. You can also follow along on social media to see photos, videos and live updates from the participating yachts.

Where to Take Sailing Lessons in Newport Beach

Newport Beach Sailing School

Marina Sailing

Windward Sailing Club

SailTime Orange County

Newport Sea Base

The Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is a must-see event for any sailing enthusiast or admirer of human grit and competition. Whether you’re cheering from the shore or following the action online, get ready to be captivated by this West Coast tradition!

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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