sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Ida Lewis Distance Race - Entry deadline fast approaching
Ida Lewis Distance Race - Entry deadline fast approaching

'The IRC Class start at the 2013 Ida Lewis Distance Race'    Meghan Sepe

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.)

'I’ve done a lot of distance racing, but nothing that compares to the Ida Lewis Distance Race,' said Brendan Brownyard (Bay Shore, N.Y.) who will be racing in IRC with his Swan 42 Barleycorn. 'The racecourse takes advantage of the beautiful waters of Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. It is also the perfect distance, and you know you’ll be finishing at a reasonable time the next day.'

Brownyard marks this as his second time competing in the event (in 2012, Barleycorn took second place in IRC, behind Mark Glimcher’s Ker 40 Catapult). 'This season our team has been doing a lot more buoy-to-buoy racing, so we are especially excited to do some offshore racing. There are going to be other very competitive Swan 42s out on the water this year, so we look forward to some fierce competition.'

Barleycorn also will have contend with IRC class favorite Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s (Norwalk, Conn.) Carkeek 40 Spookie and Paul Milo’s (Leesburg, Va.) J/122 Orion, which is just off the 635-mile Newport to Bermuda Race where it led the pack for J/122s and took second place in the St. David's Lighthouse Division.

A multihull class will make its debut with at least five trimarans racing. 'This is a very established group of competitors,' said Steven Parks (Middletown, R.I.), who will be racing his F27 Flying Fish for the event. Parks added that all of the current class entries are part of the New England Multihull Association and do a combination of buoy-to-buoy and distance racing up and down the northeast coast. 'There are a core group of us that really love offshore racing on these boats. Because of that, and the fact that the race is hosted from the prime summer sailing destination of Newport, we knew it would be a good fit for our class.'

Parks added that if the conditions are conducive, there is a possibility that a trimaran could take line honors and even establish a record for fastest time logged in the distance race. 'These boats sail very fast and shine downwind and in reaching conditions. If the breeze is gusting to 20 knots, most of the trimarans will have a speed of 20 knots.'

The Ida Lewis Distance Race supports bridging the dinghy-to-big-boat gap for the next generation of sailors with its Youth and Collegiate Challenges. Last year, Arthur Santry’s (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) Farr 47 Oakcliff won the Youth Challenge with a team of sailors comprised of Oakcliff Sailing Center’s 'Acorns' (ages 15-18) and 'Saplings' (18-27), and this year Santry will be back to defend with a new crop of youngsters.

'After these kids go through the Oakcliff program they’ve got a sense of accomplishment, because they know how to work in teams and how to lead,' said Santry who charters the boat every year and sponsors the youth sailors that compete with him each season. What he likes most about the program, he says, is its intent to not only create great sailors but also help students with career development and advancement. 'They learn a lot of things that are transferrable to business skills.'

Chris Culver’s Swan 42 Blazer won IRC at the 2013 Ida Lewis Distance Race and will be back again to defend its title this summer -  Meghan Sepe  

To qualify for the Youth Challenge, more than 40% of the crew must have reached their 14th birthday but not turned 20 prior to August 15. To qualify for the Collegiate Challenge, more than 40% of the crew must not have reached the age of 26 prior to August 15. For both challenges, teams are encouraged to register under the burgee of a college sailing program or a US Sailingyacht club or community sailing program.

Youth Challenge teams are encouraged to participate in the Storm Trysail Club and Foundation’s Newport Junior Safety at Sea Seminar on Thursday, August 14 at Fort Adams. This is a one-day experience aimed at introducing young sailors to the arts and sciences of sailing on a big boat safely while learning some of the related skills. (Participants of all ages welcome.)

'It is no secret that we need to develop more young sailors for the big boat/offshore racing portion of this wonderful thing we call sailboat racing,' said Joe Cooper, an Ida Lewis Distance Race Committee member who is organizing the event. 'The seminar followed immediately by first-hand participation in the Ida Lewis Distance Race are ideal opportunities for accomplishing this.' (To register, go to www.stormtrysailfoundation.org/safety-at-sea or email Cooper-ndn@cox.net, 401-965-6006.)

The Ida Lewis Distance Race has been certified at the silver level for Sailors of the Sea’s Clean Regattas program. The certification system helps sailing events create and manage environmentally responsible events in an effort to educate and motivate boaters to reduce marine debris and preserve the waters upon which they sail.

The Ida Lewis Distance Race 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.

For more information or to register, click here or contact Race Chair Simon Davidson, RaceChairman@ILDistanceRace.org.


by Kirsten Ferguson


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=125050

6:12 PM Wed 30 Jul 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World



2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco
































































Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing
Extreme Sailing Series: Physically demanding racing for BAR on Day 2
Emirates Team NZ: Holding second overall after Day 2 in Istanbul
Extreme Sailing Series: A force to be reckoned with in Istanbul +Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Day 1 images by Jesus Renedo and Pedro Martinez
Marseille One Design: GC32's Armin Strom storms ahead on day 2 + Video
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Racing underway in Santander +Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Erika Reineke claims Radial race win
Santander Worlds 2014 Mat Belcher (Part II) *Feature
Rolex Swan Cup - Mistral keeps fleet shoreside
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup rescued by wave of local support   
ISAF Sailing World Championship, Santander - Opening ceremony images   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Team Alvimedica geared up for Leg Zero   
J/70 World Championship 2014 - Healy surfs into lead   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Gripping first day on the Bay   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1 images by Erik Simonson   
2014 Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship - Day 4   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Familiar conditions on day 1   
Extreme Sailing Series: Team NZ share lead after Day 1 in Istanbul   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Thousands attend Santander opening   
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
GC32: Great Cup: Day 1, Foils, flying and an unstoppable Flavio   
Rolex Swan Cup - Classic day of racing on the Costa Smeralda   
Extreme Sailing Series - Pushed to the limit and dismasted on Day 1   
Volvo Ocean Race - A profile of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing   
J/70 World Championship - Day 2 images by Chris Howell   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Lego Zero crisis scenarios loom   
America's Cup: Bob Fisher on the state of the Cup   
Interview with West Coast International Canoe pioneer Del Olsen: Video   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT