Sailing teams ready for Newport to Cabo

Newport Harbor Yacht Club hosts international yacht race, March 14-21.

NEWPORT BEACH—Yachts such as Amazing Grace, Fast Exit, Medicine Man, Pyewacket and Taxi Driver are among the 32 yachts already registered (as of March 4) for Newport Harbor Yacht Club;s Newport-to-Cabo race, which kicks off March 14 and runs through March 21.

The 2019 Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas International Yacht Race is the first major event of the year where sailors begin in the United States and finish in Mexico.

Sailing teams will start the race in the Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of Newport Beach and near Newport Pier, and head south to Cabo San Lucas. The Notice of Race states the distance for the race is about 800 nautical miles.

The finish line will be about 1.3 nautical miles east of Cabo Falso, in the vicinity of Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Hotel. All boats must cross the finish line by 2 p.m. on Feb. 21 to complete the race.

Boats already entered into the race include: Aloha, Amazing Grace, BadPak, Brown Eyed Girl, Chubasco, Destroyer, Fast Exit, Good Call, Grand Illusion, Horizon, Medicine Man, OEX, Peligroso, Pyewacket, Rio100, Taxi Dancer, Timeshaver, Vela and Zero Gravity.

Teams hail from several yacht clubs, such as Long Beach, Newport Harbor, Balboa, St. Francis, Willamette, Waikiki, South Shore, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Dana Point and King Harbor.

An awards ceremony will be held in Cabo San Lucas on March 21, with one take-home trophy awarded to each of the first three finishers in each division or class (scored on corrected time). The ceremony will be held at Baja Cantina at 6 p.m.

Six perpetual trophies are also up for grabs:

  • State of California Governor’s Perpetual Trophy (first ORR boat to finish, elapsed time)
  • H. Ayers Perpetual Trophy (Overall ORR Division winner, corrected time)
  • Miguel Aleman Trophy (Winner of ORR Class A, corrected time)
  • The Mayor’s Trophy (Winner of ORR Class B, corrected time)
  • NHYC Cabo San Lucas Perpetual Trophy (winner of ORR Class C, corrected time)
  • James Webster Gaboon (winner of ORR Class D, corrected time).

Contact Newport Harbor YC Race Director Laurel Dinwiddie at 949-723-6870 or for more information.

Photo: NHYC Cabo Race Facebook

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