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Newport, Rhode Island

NEWPORT, R.I. (September 22, 2016) – It’s never too early to start planning for next year’s Ida Lewis Distance Race, scheduled to start on Friday, August 18, 2017. It’s a late-summer sailing tradition loved by grand prix racers and cruising sailors alike and open to IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer. Some say it’s the perfect overnight distance – between 104 and 177 nm depending on what the Race Committee thinks best suits the conditions – and gives old salts a challenge while offering newcomers a cool introduction to offshore racing. And there are plenty of trophies to be won, including for best youth and collegiate team entries!

The 13th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race starts and finishes off Newport’s historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club, which sits famously on a rock in Newport Harbor, and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower. It is a qualifier for the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF); the Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC); and the Rhode Island Offshore Challenge.

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Ida Lewis Distance Race:

Big Decisions, Plenty of Action

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 22, 2016) – The 12th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Raceconcluded on Saturday, August 20 after 37 boats completed either a 121 nautical mile course (Doublehanded, PHRF Spinnaker and IRC classes) or a 107 nm course (Cruising Spinnaker) that started and finished off Newport, R.I.  After almost 13 1/2 hours of racing, Steve Benjamin’s (Jamestown, R.I./South Norwalk, Conn.) TP52 Spookie was first to finish at just after 2:35 a.m. Saturday morning, while the last boat, Alfred Van Liew and David Brodsky’s (Middletown, R.I.) S&S 48 Odyssey, finished at around 12:30 Saturday afternoon.

 

Spookie ended up winning the Russell L. Hoyt Memorial Trophy for best elapsed time in IRC division and the Commodore’s Trophy for best corrected time in her nine-boat IRC class, making this the second year in a row for her to do so. (Odyssey finished seventh in IRC class.)

 

 

Steve Benjamin’s TP52 Spookie won line honors and the IRC Division of the Ida Lewis Distance Race in 2015.

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Over 40 Boats to Start Friday Off Fort Adams

 

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 15, 2016) – Take a lunch break on Friday, August 19 and watch the start of the Ida Lewis Distance Race beginning at 12:30 off Fort Adams State Park. Over 40 boats in four divisions – IRC, PHRF Spinnaker, Double-Handed and Cruising Spinnaker – will jockey for best positions on the starting line just like in traditional around-the-buoys racing, but shortly thereafter, skippers, navigators and crew will have to shift to offshore mode as they sail past Castle Hill and into the distance on one of four courses, decided prior to the start based on conditions. The courses run in length between 107 and 169 miles and incorporate waypoints such as Buzzards Bay Tower, Point Judith, Block Island and Montauk, giving sailors an interesting and beautifully scenic experience in this overnight “sprint” that has become a popular late-summer racing tradition in New England.

 

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The start of the Ida Lewis Distance Race in 2015. (Photo credit: Meghan Sepe)

 

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The Perfect Mini Distance Race

 

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 13, 2016) – Many sailors dream of competing in offshore distance races, but the preparation, logistics and pure stamina required for it can be intimidating.  That’s where the Ida Lewis Distance Race, scheduled for its 12th edition on August 19, can serve as either a stepping stone for those wanting to graduate to longer offshore races or a portfolio enhancer for those simply wanting to experience – for the first time or once again – the beautiful overnight “sprint” that has become a popular late-summer racing tradition in New England.

 

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Double the Challenge, Double the Fun

 

Ida Lewis Distance Race Part of Rhode Island Offshore Challenge

 

NEWPORT, R.I. (April 20, 2016) – Talk about stretching one’s sailing legs. Last year, Tristan Mouligne of Boston was about to compete in his sixth Ida Lewis Distance Race, a New England classic that is hosted by Newport’s Ida Lewis Yacht Club and scheduled for its 12th edition this year on Friday, August 19. He learned of a new challenge whereby he could win an overall trophy if he and his team could turn in the best combined score for competing in both the Ida Lewis race and the Sid Clark Offshore Race, which dates back to 1904 and is hosted by Bristol Yacht Club. Turns out, Mouligne had both the stride and stamina to make history. His Quest 30 Samba won class at both events and overall at Sid Clark to become the first-time winner of the Rhode Island Offshore Challenge Trophy, presented jointly by both clubs.

 

 

 

Tristan Mouligne (center) with crew John Jay Mouligne (left), holding the Rhode Island Offshore Trophy, and Ted Winston, holding the 2015 Ida Lewis Distance Race Class A trophy. (Photo courtesy Tristan Mouligne)

 

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“SAVE THE DATE”

 

Ida Lewis Distance Race

 

Friday, August 19, 2016

 

Newport, Rhode Island

 

Designed as the perfect overnight race for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer, the twelfth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race  has a start and finish off Newport’s historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower. A further element of intrigue:  which of the four coastal courses – between 104 nm and 177 nm – will the Race Committee choose based on weather, wind and sea condition predictions?

A Different Experience Every Year

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 16, 2015) – The Ida Lewis Distance Race, a popular sailing overnighter hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, R.I., wrapped up its 11th edition this weekend with the entire 36-boat fleet finishing within the time limit – a stark contrast to last year when many entries had to retire due to inclement weather conditions. The race started Friday (August 14) at 12:30 p.m. off Fort Adams, near the mouth of Newport Harbor, with a steady breeze and calm seas that remained consistent on two courses: the 153-nautical mile Block Island Course for the IRC Class and the 121-nautical mile Point Judith Course for PHRF and Doublehanded Classes. Brian Cunha’s (Newport, R.I.) Ker 55 Irie 2 crossed the finish line on Saturday morning at 5:50 a.m., claiming line honors and taking the overall win in PHRF division.

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The 2015 Ida Lewis Distance Race Start (Photo Credit: Meghan Sepe)

New Teams Join the Mix

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 5, 2015) – Word is out that the Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR) is one for the sailing bucket list, and a slew of event newcomers have registered for the popular overnighter’s 11th edition, which kicks off Friday, August 14 at 12:30 p.m. The annual summer favorite starts and finishes off Fort Adams in Newport, R.I. taking its fleet of IRC, PHRF, Doublehanded and Multihull boats on one of four courses (determined prior to the start by the Race Committee), which range between 104 and 177 nautical miles, tracing parts of the New England coastline and making their way past iconic way points such as Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point and Martha’s Vineyard.

 

(Photo Credit: Meghan Sepe)

 

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World-Class Offshore Racing in Regional New England Waters

 

The start of the 2014 Ida Lewis Distance Race (Photo Credit: Meghan Sepe)NEWPORT, R.I. (April 8, 2015) – For over a decade, grand prix sailors and racing/cruising enthusiasts alike have flocked to the summer destination of Newport, R.I. to compete in the Ida Lewis Distance Race, and on Friday, August 14, 2015 the tradition will continue with another year of “just-right” overnight racing planned for the hallowed waters of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island as well as Block Island Sound. Depending on weather and wind conditions, organizers can choose to send IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer on one of four coastal round-trip race courses, ranging from between 104 and 177 nautical miles in distance.

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race

 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Newport, Rhode Island

 

Featuring four coastal race courses between 104 nm and 177 nm, the Ida Lewis Distance Race is the perfectly designed overnighter for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer. Its round-trip course starts and finishes off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower.

 

 

Both grand prix racers and cruising sailors have come to love and embrace this August tradition, which also offers special trophies for a Youth Challenge and Collegiate Challenge. The tenth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race is scheduled for Friday, August 14, 2014.

 

 

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.

 

 

Competitors are invited to enjoy the Awards Ceremony with their family and friends on the deck of Ida Lewis Yacht Club Saturday evening.

Kate Nota and J/111 Odyssey Team

Win the

Ida Lewis Distance Race

Video Contest

NEWPORT, R.I. (September 39, 2014) – Kate Nota and her team onboard J/111 Odyssey won the Ripple Effect Short Video Contest, which was part of the 10th Anniversary of the Ida Lewis Distance Race this summer. The contest was introduced to the popular overnighter this year and intended to engage Youth Sailors (aged 14-20) by asking them the question “What do you like most about offshore/overnight sailing?” through a video essay or documentary no longer than five minutes in length.

Kate Nota and the team odyssey had won the short video contest, which is one of the programs of Ida distance race by Lewis in the month of August. Details of this contest will be available online and click here to read to about it. The intention of this programme is to engage the youth sailors.

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Kate Nota and J/111 Odyssey Team Wint the ILDR Video Contest

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High Winds and Rough Seas Challenge Competitors in Overnight Race

August 12, 2014

ILDR uses “Virtual Mark”

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Get Your (Distance) Game On

June 2014

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Race

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ILDR Celebrates10th Anniversary…

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High Winds and Rough Seas Challenge Competitors in Overnight Race

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 17, 2014) – Mother Nature packed an extra punch for the 10th Anniversary of the Ida Lewis Distance Race, with high winds (up to 25 knots) and rough seas challenging its record 47-boat fleet and forcing 12 to retire from racing. Nevertheless, the popular overnighter, which started Friday (August 15) at 12:30 p.m. off Fort Adams in Newport, R.I., delivered lots of fun summer memories for its IRC, PHRF, Doublehanded and Multihull competitors (all racing on the 150 nautical mile “Block Island” course), including Steve Benjamin’s Carkeek HP 40 Spookie, which won IRC and claimed line honors after crossing the finish line at 8:42 a.m. on Saturday (August 16).

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race

Uses “Virtual Mark”

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 12, 2014) – A “virtual mark” adds an intriguing new twist to the 10th Annual Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR), which starts this Friday (August 15). Starting at 12:30 p.m. off Fort Adams in Newport, R.I., the popular overnighter takes its fleet of PHRF, IRC, One-Design, Doublehanded and Multihull boats on one of four courses – between 104nm and 177nm – that trace the New England coastline.

 

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The PHRF Class start at the 2013 Ida Lewis Distance Race (Photo Credit Meghan Sepe)

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Get Your (Distance) Game On

Early Entry Deadline Fast Approaching

 

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 30, 2014) – Next month, the Ida Lewis Distance Race will celebrate a decade of offshore fun with its 10th edition of the popular overnighter that starts and finishes in Newport, R.I. At 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 15, PHRF, IRC, One-Design, Doublehanded and Multihull boats will start off Fort Adams to embark on one of four coastal courses – between 104nm and 177nm, depending on weather and final classes – that follow New England’s alluring coastline and incorporate iconic landmarks such as Block Island, Montauk Point and Martha’s Vineyard. (To receive $50 off registration, competitors are encouraged to sign up by the early entry deadline of Friday, August 1.)

 

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The IRC Class start at the 2013 Ida Lewis Distance Race (Photo Credit Meghan Sepe)

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Tenth Anniversary ILDR

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Race

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 11, 2014) – Ida Lewis Yacht Club’s signature overnight competition, the Ida Lewis Distance Race celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2014. And to toast a decade of offshore fun for everyone, here are the top ten reasons why you should be on the starting line when the race begins off Newport, R.I., on Friday, August 15th.

 

 

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Join Grand Prix Racers & Cruising Sailors for the 10th ANNUAL Ida Lewis Distance Race

Friday, August 15, 2014

Newport, Rhode Island

 

 

Photo by Meghan Sepe

Featuring four coastal race courses between 104 nm and 177 nm, the Ida Lewis Distance Race is the perfectly designed overnighter for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer. Its round-trip course starts and finishes off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower.

 

 

Both grand prix racers and cruising sailors have come to love and embrace this August tradition, which also offers special trophies for a Youth Challenge and Collegiate Challenge. The tenth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race is scheduled for Friday, August 15, 2014.

 

 

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.

 

 

Competitors are invited to enjoy the Awards Ceremony and dinner with their family and friends on the deck of Ida Lewis Yacht Club Saturday evening.

2014 Ida Lewis Distance Race

Place, Yacht Name, Type, Skipper/Crew, Hometown, Results, Total Points

IRC (IRC – 14 Boats)

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  1. SPOOKIE, Carkeek HP 40, Steve & Heidi Benjamin , Norwalk, Conn., USA – 1 (1)
  2. Barleycorn, Swan 42, Brendan Brownyard , Bay Shore, N.Y., USA – 2 (2)
  3. Settler , NEB Tripp 43, Thomas Rich , Portsmouth, R.I., USA – 3 (3)

PHRF (PHRF – 13 Boats)

  1. Samba, Quest 30, Tristan Mouligne , Boston, Mass., USA – 1 (1)
  2. Crazy Horse – Collegiate, Sloop 50, Kevin McLaughlin-Duquesne Univ., Fairhaven, Mass., USA–2 (2)
  3. Vamoose, J/120, Bob Manchester , Barrington, R.I., USA – 3 (3)

PHRF – Doublehanded (PHRF – 6 Boats)

 

  1. Pleiad Racing, Class 40, Edward Cesare , Norwalk, Conn., USA – 1 (1)

 

  1. GryphonSolo2, Class 40, Joe Harris , S. Hamilton, Mass., USA – 2 (2)

 

  1. Toothface2, Class 40, Michael Dreese , West Newton, Mass., USA – 3 (3)

 

 

 

PHRF – Cruising Spinnaker (PHRF – 7 Boats)

 

  1. Duck Soup, C&C 37 R/XL, Bill Clavin , Warwick, R.I., USA – 1 (1)

 

  1. Spirit, J 92S, EC Helme , Newport, R.I., USA – 2 (2)

 

  1. URSA, J/109, Brooke Mastrorio , Lakeville, Mass., USA – 3 (3)

 

 

 

Multihull (ToT – 6 Boats)

 

  1. Bazinga!, F-31, Dave Lussier , Exeter, R.I., USA – 1 (1)

 

 

 

Ida Lewis Distance Race Commodore’s Trophy

 

Awarded annually for best corrected time in the Ida Lewis Distance Race in the IRC Division.

 

First Overall IRC Division.

 

 

 

USA 95 Spookie  Steve & Heidi Benjamin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race Russell L. Hoyt

 

Memorial Trophy

 

Awarded annually for best elapsed time in the Ida Lewis Distance Race in the IRC Division

 

USA 95 Spookie  Steve & Heidi Benjamin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race Lime Rock Trophy

 

Awarded annually for best corrected time in the Ida Lewis Distance Race in the PHRF Division.

 

First overall PHRF Division

 

 

 

USA 301 Samba Tristan Mouligne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race Lois J. Muessel Trophy

 

Awarded annually for best elapsed time in the Ida Lewis Distance Race in the PHRF Division

 

USA 43777 Crazy Horse Kevin McLauglin

 

 

 

 

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race Double Handed Trophy

 

Awarded annually for best corrected time in the   Ida Lewis Distance Race in the Double Handed Division

 

USA 39 Pleiad Racing  Edward Cesare

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race Multihull Trophy

 

Awarded annually for best corrected time in the   Ida Lewis Distance Race in the Double Handed Division

 

 

 

 

 

USA 190 Bazinga!  Dave Lussier

 

 

 

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Ida Lewis Distance RaceArent H. Kits van Heyningen Trophy

 

Awarded annually for winner in the Ida Lewis Distance Race Youth Challenge(PHRF)

 

USA 711 Odyssey  Alfred Van Liew

 

 

 

 

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race William E. Tuthill Memorial Trophy

 

Awarded annually for winner in the Ida Lewis Distance Race Colegeiate (PHRF)

 

USA 43777 Crazy Horse  Kevin McLaughlin- Duquesne Univ.

 

 

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race Multihull Division

 

USA 190  Bazinga!  F-31   Dave Lussier

 

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Ida Lewis Distance RaceNavigator Award

 

USA 301 Samba Tristan Mouligne

 

 

 

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Ida Lewis Distance RaceHelly Hanson Award

 

USA 95 Spookie  Steve & Heidi Benjamin

 

 

 

Race Courses

 

Please SEE NOR or updated release for most updated Course Description

FOR Reference ONLY – COURSE 1- The Montauk Course
Start East Passage Narragansett Bay, south of Rose Island
R”2″ QR Whistle, Brenton Reef to port
RW”SR”MoA Whistle, south of Sachuest Point to starboard
RW”MP” MoA WHIS, Montauk Point to port
R”2″ Fl R 4 sec WHIS, No Man’s Land to port
Buzzards Bay Tower Fl 2.5 sec Horn to port
RW”MP” MoA WHIS, Montauk Point to starboard
Finish off Ida Lewis Yacht Club Distance 177nm

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FOR Reference ONLY – COURSE 2- The Block Island Course
Start East Passage Narragansett Bay, south of Rose Island
R”2″ QR Whistle, Brenton Reef to port
RW”SR”MoA Whistle, south of Sachuest Point to starboard
RW”MP” MoA WHIS, Montauk Point to port
R”2″ Fl R 4 sec WHIS, No Man’s Land to port
Buzzards Bay Tower Fl 2.5 sec Horn to port
RW”A” MoA WHIS, SE of Block Island to starboard
Finish off Ida Lewis Yacht Club Distance 150nm

 

FOR Reference ONLY – COURSE 3 – Nomans Course
Start East Passage Narragansett Bay, south of Rose Island
R”2″ QR Whistle, Brenton Reef to port
RW”SR”MoA Whistle, south of Sachuest Point to starboard
RW”MP” MoA WHIS, Montauk Point to port
R”2″ Fl R 4 sec WHIS, No Man’s Land to port
Buzzards Bay Tower Fl 2.5 sec Horn to port
R“2” QR Whistle, Brenton Reef to starboard
Finish off Ida Lewis Yacht Club Distance 122nm
Nomans Course

 

FOR Reference ONLY – COURSE 4- Buzzards Bay Tower Course
Start East Passage Narragansett Bay, south of Rose Island
R”2″ QR Whistle, Brenton Reef to port
RW”SR”MoA Whistle, south of Sachuest Point to starboard
RW”MP” MoA WHIS, Montauk Point to port
“Buzzards Bay Tower” Fl 2.5 sec Horn to port
R“2” QR Whistle, Brenton Reef to starboard
Finish off Ida Lewis Yacht Club Distance 104nm

 

Catapult Goes the Distance

Ida Lewis Distance Race

Catapult Goes the Distance

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 19, 2012) – Ideal sailing conditions, perfect starts and a 16-18 knot southwesterly breeze allowed the 26 boats competing in the 2012 Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR) to power up on Friday, August 17, and provide a great show for the spectators who turned out to see them off on their offshore adventure.  The IRC, PHRF and PHRF Doublehanded fleets were sent on the 122 nautical mile Nomans course, while the two boats racing in the PHRF Cruising Spinnaker class took on the 103 nautical mile Buzzards Tower course.

Weather conditions led to a prediction that the leaders in IRC would be at the finish line off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club sometime after sunrise on Saturday morning, where they would receive the traditional champagne welcome.  Not always the sailing team strikes luck like this occasion.  You would be surprised to learn the experiences of sailors who started under favorable weather conditions.  Yet during the sail, they would have faced unimagined challenges.  Sometimes the weather might look unfavorable.  A team would still win the race.  Check this web site for such incidents.  Let us see what happened to the IRC team. That prophecy came true for the Ker 40 Catapult owned by Marc Glimcher (New York, N.Y.), which had passed the first mark of the course with about a minute lead on the rest of the IRC fleet and held on to take line honors just before 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

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Offshore Racing For All Ages

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race

Off to an awesome start…

 

 

 

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 17, 2012) – The following are the courses for the various classes:

 

 

 

Class

Division

Course

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IRC

 

C – Nomans-Approx. 122 nm

 

2

 

PHRF

 

C – Nomans-Approx. 122 nm

 

3

 

PHRF Doublehanded

 

C – Nomans-Approx. 122 nm

 

4

 

PHRF Cruising Spinnaker

 

D – Buzzards Bay Tower-Approx. 104 nm

 

 

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race

Offshore Adventure Beckons

 

 

 

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 16, 2012) – The historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club was a beehive of activity today as competitors readied for the eighth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR) which is set to get underway at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17.  Three starts will dispatch approximately 26 boats ranging from 30-56’ on an overnight adventure that will potentially cover between 104 and 177 nautical miles.  The course, which may be different for each class and which will be determined shortly before the race starts, will take the competitors out of Narragansett Bay before bringing them back for the ILDR’s signature champagne finish between Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the southern tip of Goat Island.

 

Jamestown Yacht Club member Edmund Flynn (Marlboro, Mass.) was enthusiastic about making his fifth consecutive run in the ILDR.  He will sail the Beneteau 40.7 Lark with Tim Brownell (Wickford, R.I.) in the doublehanded class in which he took third place last year. “We’d like to be competitive and we’d like to win the race,” said Flynn. “We go out there to have fun. It’s really great because you have the mix; you’ve got the current, you’re in different breeze at different times and you have this strategic challenge towards the end where you have to decide which side to go around Block Island.”

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012, Newport, RI

Save the DATE!

 

The 2012 edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race will send competitors on a choice of four coastal race courses (with distances of 104 to 177 nautical miles) that cover 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 Castle Hill, 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 eighth edition is scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2012, with classes for IRC, PHRF (including Cruising Spinnaker and a Youth Challenge division), One Design and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer. 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.

 

Competitors are invited to enjoy a barbecue with their families and friends on the deck of Ida Lewis Yacht Club Saturday evening. Put the date on your calendar!

Catapult Goes the Distance

Ida Lewis Distance Race

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 19, 2012) – Ideal sailing conditions, perfect starts and a 16-18 knot southwesterly breeze allowed the 26 boats competing in the 2012 Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR) to power up on Friday, August 17, and provide a great show for the spectators who turned out to see them off on their offshore adventure.  The IRC, PHRF and PHRF Doublehanded fleets were sent on the 122 nautical mile Nomans course, while the two boats racing in the PHRF Cruising Spinnaker class took on the 103 nautical mile Buzzards Tower course.

Weather conditions led to a prediction that the leaders in IRC would be at the finish line off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club sometime after sunrise on Saturday morning, where they would receive the traditional champagne welcome.  That prophecy came true for the Ker 40 Catapult owned by Marc Glimcher (New York, N.Y.), which had passed the first mark of the course with about a minute lead on the rest of the IRC fleet and held on to take line honors just before 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

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August 16, 2012

Offshore Adventure Beckons

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Ida Lewis Distance Race

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NEWPORT, R.I. (August 17, 2012) – The following are the courses for the various classes:

 

 

 

Class

Division

Course

1

 

IRC

 

C – Nomans-Approx. 122 nm

 

2

 

PHRF

 

C – Nomans-Approx. 122 nm

 

3

 

PHRF Doublehanded

 

C – Nomans-Approx. 122 nm

 

4

 

PHRF Cruising Spinnaker

 

D – Buzzards Bay Tower-Approx. 104 nm

 

 

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race

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NEWPORT, R.I. (August 16, 2012) – The historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club was a beehive of activity today as competitors readied for the eighth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR) which is set to get underway at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17.  Three starts will dispatch approximately 26 boats ranging from 30-56’ on an overnight adventure that will potentially cover between 104 and 177 nautical miles.  The course, which may be different for each class and which will be determined shortly before the race starts, will take the competitors out of Narragansett Bay before bringing them back for the ILDR’s signature champagne finish between Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the southern tip of Goat Island.

 

Jamestown Yacht Club member Edmund Flynn (Marlboro, Mass.) was enthusiastic about making his fifth consecutive run in the ILDR.  He will sail the Beneteau 40.7 Lark with Tim Brownell (Wickford, R.I.) in the doublehanded class in which he took third place last year. “We’d like to be competitive and we’d like to win the race,” said Flynn.

The feel of winning an IL race cannot be easily explained in words.  Pride becomes your domain name and the victory is evidence of team spirit.  Winning the race is like accomplishing something in spite of the worst difficulties.  It makes one feel as though all the challenges of life are as trivial as insignificant things.  Listen to what another winner says.

“We go out there to have fun. It’s really great because you have the mix; you’ve got the current, you’re in different breeze at different times and you have this strategic challenge towards the end where you have to decide which side to go around Block Island.”

 

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Ida Lewis Distance Race 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012, Newport, RI

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The 2012 edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race will send competitors on a choice of four coastal race courses (with distances of 104 to 177 nautical miles) that cover 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 Castle Hill, 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 eighth edition is scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2012, with classes for IRC, PHRF (including Cruising Spinnaker and a Youth Challenge division), One Design and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer. 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.

 

Competitors are invited to enjoy a barbecue with their families and friends on the deck of Ida Lewis Yacht Club Saturday evening. Put the date on your calendar!

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Let us see the history of sailing races in detail and try to understand its functioning.  Sailing races are said to have originated in the Netherlands in the 17th century.  This resulted in the development of yacht-building businesses in England too.  Races between royal sailing vessels were frequently conducted to entertain the royal family.  In the early 18th century, boats with more speed and fuel efficiency were built for racing purposes.  This increased the thrill of sailing races and more people were attracted towards this.  The yachting association was found in 1875 and races became a widespread phenomenon across world nations.  Browse around here to know full details of the history of a sailing race.

 

In the races, they eventually found that longer boats were faster than shorter ones.  Hence time allowances were given to smaller boats.  Large yacht owners objected to this.  Hence a uniform system of design and ratings were gradually developed for these races.  In the late 1970s, the cruising club of America formulated the standards for racing boats.  Most of the racing boats built during the period were based on this formula only.  Initially, the boats were not so sturdy and lost their balance when the weather was bad.  As a result, there were frequent accidents.  As years passed on, many developments related to lightweight, speed, capacity, etc. were added.  This improved the safety concerns of the contestant and reliability of the boats.  The boats rarely lost their balance during turbulent weather or while moving at a high speed.

During the early 19th-century standard rules were framed clearly for sailing races.  Starting positions were allotted to competitors and buoys were laid in a straight line.  The United Nations popularized this as a favorite sport of public.  Presently there are many types of sailing races like offshore races, ocean classics, inshore races, and around-the-world races.  Few races are conducted with boats specially designed for those races.  The contest can be single-handed or participate as a crew.  Today there is even a world cup contest for sailing races.  The racing boats of today are sturdy to withstand any weather and can move at a high speed.  Also, the rules are also clearly established considering various aspects like safety, ethics and true sportsmanship spirit.  This has certainly set a bright future for sailing races.

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Ida Lewis Distance Race

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PHRF Class start off Fort Adams in Newport, R.I. (photo credit Onne van der Wal)

ILDR PHRF Class start off Fort Adams in Newport, R.I  – Photo credit Onne van de Wal

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 21, 2011) – This past Saturday morning (August 20), as the sun was barely peaking out from behind the horizon, the Ker 11.3 Oakcliff Racing, with its double-handed crew of Claudia Delahoy and Jeffrey MacFarlane (of Oyster Bay, N.Y.), began its entrance back into Newport Harbor after becoming the first boat to cross the finish line in the 2011 Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR). Delahoy and MacFarlane, who had never sailed together before, mastered the variable wind conditions on the 104 nm Buzzards Tower course, making it back to Newport by 5:44 a.m. after starting on Friday off Forth Adams at 1:05 p.m., with the rest of the 35 boat fleet.

Teamwork and coordination is much required in boat race than any other game.  Joining hands and putting efforts against strong wind and tides is not that easy.  Check my website to know the details of the challenges faced by sailors.  When the weather turns bad during a sail it is something like fighting against nature.

“We didn’t get any sleep the whole time,” said Delahoy, explaining that the winds were much more consistent than originally forecasted, especially for those who took the southern route around Block Island rather than the northern route, which had lighter breeze. “We kept planning that if the wind died off we could take some breaks, but it didn’t and so we didn’t stop pushing. I think that is what got us the lead in the end.” The strategy worked and Oakcliff Racing took home first in the PHRF Double-handed Class, correcting out a little under one hour ahead of Jason Richter’s (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) J/35 Paladin.

 

Ron O’Hanley’s (Newport, R.I.) Cookson 50 Privateer finished first on corrected time in the IRC Class – consisting of eight boats sailing the Block Island Course (150 nm) – and finished the race in just over 19 hours, earning him the Ida Lewis Distance Race Commodore’s Trophy along with the perpetual Russell L. Hoyt Memorial Trophy for best elapsed time.

 

“We kept the boat going the whole time, and it wasn’t until we headed back into Newport that it started to get light,” said O’Hanley. “We’ve had just about every finish position in this race – second, third, fourth, fifth – but this will be our first year winning our class.”  O’Hanley has sailed in every ILDR but one and found Stephan Frank’s (Darien, Conn.) 69’ custom sloop Gracie and Christopher Culver’s (New York, N.Y.) Swan 42 Blazer, which finished second and third respectively, to be the biggest competition throughout the race.

 

The Custom Sloop 69.5’ Gracie won the Youth Challenge and took second place in the IRC Class. (photo credit Onne van der Wal).Gracie followed Privateer less than an hour behind on corrected time, and 14-year-old Kate Nota (Narragansett, R.I.) took the helm as the boat crossed the finish line. “This was my first offshore racing experience and definitely the highlight of my summer,” said Nota who was accompanied by 11 other youth sailors and four adults, which qualified the team for the Youth Challenge, where more than 40% of the crew must have reached their 14th birthday but not turn 20 prior to the race’s start.  The team not only took home second in the IRC Class but also was presented with the Arent H. Kits van Heyningen Trophy for their youth division performance.

 

In the PHRF Class, the largest class in the fleet with 20 boats, Tristan Mouligne’s (Newport, R.I.) Quest 30 Samba took the top spot winning the Lime Rock Trophy, sailing the Nomans Course (122 nm) in just over 21 hours. “After rounding Sakonnet Point we decided to go offshore to hopefully get some better breeze on our way over to New York and that worked out pretty well,” said Mouligne.  Besides the light lulls coming back into Newport for the finish, Samba experienced fairly steady breeze and was able to beat Bob Manchester’s (Barrington, R.I.) Aerodyne Wazimo and Robert Johnstone’s (Newport, R.I) J/111 Fleetwing, which finished second and third, respectively.

 

“My brother and I did the Bermuda One-Two Yacht Race in June on Samba and we won that as well,” said Mouligne.  “It was really great winning the two big offshore races of the summer.”

 

Steve Clark’s (Warren, R.I.) canting keel ketch Red Herring took home the perpetual Lois J. Muessel Memorial Trophy for best elapsed time in the PHRF Division, while Jeff Rabuffo’s (Middletown, Conn.) Swan 44 Xenophon won the PHRF Cruising Spinnaker Class.

 

Starting Line sponsors for the 2011 Ida Lewis Distance Race were North Sails, New England Boatworks, City of Newport, and Doug Ferguson and Family. Contributing sponsors were Dockwise Yacht Transport, Flint Audio Video, Gosling’s Rum, Mac Designs, Narragansett Beer, Newport Shipyard, Newport Tent Company, Rig Pro Southern Spars, SailorsNightVisionCap.com and Sea Gear Uniforms and Zblok.

 

For more information, go to www.ildistancerace.org or the race’s Facebook Page.

 

More About the Ida Lewis Distance Race

 

The Ida Lewis Yacht Club introduced the Ida Lewis Distance Race in 2004.  Conceived as a biennial event, its next running was 2006, but by then the response from competitors was strong enough that it was clear the race should be held annually in the same popular “late season” time slot of mid- to late August. A Youth Challenge, whereby teams comprised of more than 40% junior sailors qualify for a special trophy, was introduced in 2010 and has been a catalyst for other such youth divisions offered in offshore races. The event, which will enjoy its seventh edition in 2011, is a qualifier for the 2011 New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF); Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC); and the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series.

 

 

 

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(Top-five Results Follow)

 

 

 

Ida Lewis Distance Race

 

Friday, August 20, 2010

 

Top-five Results

 

Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown

 

Class 1 – IRC (IRC – 8 Boats)

 

  1. Privateer, Cookson 50, Ron O’Hanley, Newport, R.I.

 

  1. Gracie (Youth), Custom sloop, Stephan Frank, Darien, Conn.

 

  1. Blazer, Swan 42, Christopher Culver, New York, N.Y.

 

  1. Catapult, J/122, Marc Glimcher, New York, N.Y.

 

  1. White Rhino, Swan 56, Todd Stuart, Newport, R.I.

 

 

 

Class 2 – PHRF (PHRF – 20 Boats)

 

  1. Samba, Quest 30, Tristan Mouligne, Newport, R.I.

 

  1. Wazimo, Aerodyne 37.66, Bob Manchester, Barrington, R.I.

 

  1. Fleetwing, J 111, Robert Johnstone, Newport, R.I.

 

  1. Mischief, Lyman-Morse 40, David Schwartz, Smithfield, R.I.

 

  1. COCO, Swan 36, Ian Scott, Newport, R.I.

 

 

 

Class 3 – PHRF – Double-Handed (PHRF – 4 Boats)

 

  1. Oakcliff Racing, Ker 11.3, Jeffrey MacFarlane, Franklin Lakes, N.J.

 

  1. Paladin, J 35, Jason Richter, Mt. Sinai, N.Y.

 

  1. Lark, Beneteau First 40.7, Edmund Flynn, Marlborough, Mass.

 

  1. Wildeyes, Quest 33, Teri & Pete Binkley, Branford, Conn.

 

 

 

Class 4 – PHRF – Cruising Spinnaker (PHRF – 3 Boats)

 

  1. Xenophon, Swan 44 MKII, Jeff Rabuffo , Middletown, Conn.

 

  1. Vixen, S&S Swan 44, John Wayt, Jamestown, R.I.

 

  1. Liberty Call, Hallberg Rassy 44, Matthew Pilon , Middletown, R.I.