Since 1971,members of the exclusive Newport Harbor Yacht Club (NHYC) have hosted the annual Newport to Cabo Yacht Race,which spans more than 800 nautical miles (which equals around 920 miles or 1,481 kilometers),stretching from Orange County south along the Baja California coastline to Cabo San Lucas,Mexico. Twenty-one boats began the race March 21 in four separate starts,and as of March 26 all boats had either retired or completed the journey.
“The Bakewell-White supermaxi ‘Rio100’ has taken Line Honours in the 800 nm Newport Beach (Calif. USA) to Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) International Yacht Race,” writes Sail World. “Rio100 is completely manually powered. She was rebuilt in the Cookson Yard in Auckland,NZ,and launched late last year.”
Since its inception more than four and a half decades ago,the race has born witness to the tremendous evolution of yacht design and stands as a testament to new designs in all size ranges and speeds of vessels created to compete in offshore sailing races. Today,the entries have come a long way from the typical entries of the 1970s and early 80s,as bigger and faster boats continued to evolve from the mid-to-late 80s into the early 90s. In more recent years,the regatta has reportedly seen a resurgence of the legacy ULDB boats and 50-70 footers returning for the race.
“We’re sailing in shorts and t-shirts under a bright Baja sun with a warm breeze sledding down the waves at 18-22 knots,” blogged race participants onboard the Santa Cruze via SailingScuttlebut.com.
Upon arrival in Cabo,the teams are able to trade their sailing trousers for swimsuits,enjoying all that this fantastic beachfront destination has to offer. This year’s race also featured attendance by one of the top west coast offshore J/125 teams with Viggo Torbensen’s Timeshaver,which came in 7th overall after joining the event from southern California’s Dana Point Yacht Club,and the Mighty Merloe came in #1 overall.
Tuesday afternoon welcomed the first wave of finishers with a Happy Hour Fiesta,which included food,beer and margaritas for all competitors – no reservations necessary! Then,on Wednesday the fun and celebration continued at the Baja Cantina with another Happy Hour Fiesta beginning at 6 p.m.,where competitors will once again be treated to excellent food and drinks,along with musical entertainment and the annual awards ceremony.
Are you interested in learning more about sailing in Mexico? Click the following link to learn about the Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit (MEXorc) yacht race from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta!