Monday, October 17, 2016

Pleasant Cruise from San Diego to Ensenada!

J/160 sailing offshore in big waves (San Diego, CA)- This past weekend, the Southwestern YC hosted the 53rd annual San Diego to Ensenada Race- a 57.8nm sprint to party central in Ensenada; the finish being the end of the West jetty the end of Marina Coral.  A central feature of the race is the social activities before and after the event takes place.  The San Nicolas Resort Hotel, Ensenada, Mexico was Race Headquarters in Ensenada.  Club Nautico Baja at the San Nicolas Hotel sponsored the insanely popular “Paella Party”.

Starting on October 7th, the fleet took off in classic SoCal conditions and the race often finishes in lighter airs in the wee hours of Sunday morning.  In PHRF 1 Class, John Lyon’s J/160 INNOCENT MERRIMENT placed 3rd in class by less than 2 minutes corrected time behind the uber-speedster- a pseudo TP52 called Staghound.

The PHRF 2 class had to be the most bizarre one of all, with ultra-light over-powered boats like the Melges 32 ANARCHY up against 18,000 lbs 46 footers.  In the latter category, it was Bob Paces’ J/46 ANDIAMO that took 4th in class, less than an hour corrected off the winning pace set by the light air flyers.   For more San Diego to Ensenada Race sailing information