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