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.


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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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Mark Your Calendar

for the

2015 Annual

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.