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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Off to an awesome start…

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











C – Nomans-Approx. 122 nm






C – Nomans-Approx. 122 nm




PHRF Doublehanded


C – Nomans-Approx. 122 nm




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.

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

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!