NEWPORT BEACH — Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) announced the 14-Mile Bank Race will return Oct. 3 but in a pursuit format with a new tandem course.
NOSA officials hope the addition of a shorter tandem course will raise the level of competition to the race.
This will be the first time in the 64-year history of the 14-Mile Bank Race it is being held in pursuit format. NOSA officials also believe it will be the first time a pursuit race has been held from Newport Harbor.
“If the handicaps are right, the first boat to finish will be the winner, regardless of size or class,” said Jerry Moulton, NOSA vice commodore.
Race officials will decide which entries will run which course based on class and ratings. All classes are invited to participate. The larger, faster boats will sail to the 14-Mile Bank, the geographical point also known as Laussen Knoll, round a virtual mark and return for a 28-nautical-mile course.
The shorter course starts at the same point but will round a mark located 7 nautical miles offshore before heading home. All boats will finish outside the harbor entrance and crews will head to Balboa YC for trophy presentations.
To register for the race visit nosa.org/14-mile-bank/.