The 2009 edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race will feature a 177nm and a 150nm race course over some of the most storied and beautiful sailing grounds in the world. With a spectacular start off Fort Adams in Narragansett Bay, the race includes turning marks at CastleHill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower on its way to a signature champagne finish inside Newport Harbor off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club.

The race’s fifth edition is scheduled for Friday, August 21, 2009, with classes for IRC, PHRF, One Design (including Club Swan 32 and double-handed boats. It is a qualifier for the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF); the Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC); and the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series.

Friends and family are invited to follow the finish from the deck of the ida Lewis Yacht Club during a Lobster Fest Saturday evening, Put the date on your calendar!

Highland Fling XI Challenges Titan XV, Lolita Plans a Comeback July 15, 2009
Certain to make epic the fifth running of the Ida Lewis Distance Race, the captain of Irvine Laidlaw’s (Monaco) new 90-foot Wally boat Highland Fling XI has issued a challenge to Tom Hill’s (Puerto Rico) new 75-foot Reichel-Pugh designed Titan XV to show up and show its stuff at the event, set to begin off Newport, R.I., Friday, August 21. Hill, who took PHRF victory in the inaugural Ida Lewis Distance Race (2004) with one of his previous Titans, reportedly has accepted the challenge and will join Highland Fling XI and George David’s (Hartford, Conn.) 90-foot Rambler as the largest boats entered. Read More…

Two Courses to Satisfy Distance Appetites February 9, 2009
The 2009 edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race will feature a 177nm and a 150nm race course over some of the most storied and beautiful sailing grounds in the world. With a spectacular start off Newport, R.I., the race includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower on its way to a signature champagne finish off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport Harbor. Read More…