2013 NEWPORT BEACH TO ENSENADA, MEXICO INTERNATIONAL YACHT RACE. STARTED 11:00 PM APRIL 26TH
Highlights of the start of the Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico International yacht race. It was a beautiful day with moderate winds out of the south west. It appeared that all classes had a clean start and were soon close reaching on a course of about 140 degrees directly for Los Coronados islands which like directly on the rhumb line to Ensenada. In no time the maxis were smoking along at tens and 12's while she smaller PHRF fleets were knocking off sixes and sevens. It was reported that about 200 boats cleared the starting line. Unrest in Mexico and a new shorter race called the "Border Dash" which is from Newport Beach, around the South Coronado island with a finish in San Diego has picked up almost half the fleet of 500 or more boats that formerly went to Ensenada. It was a beautiful sight as we watched the fleet disappear over our S.E. horizon. Having made close to forty of these races through the years, I felt I was totally copping out by heading back in the Newport breakwater and not part of the excitement as the fleet works further offshore, the afternoon westerlies set in and spinnakers start to blossom!!! Music is an late 1800's Italian sailor's ballad played by Ernie Minney.