Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Ida Lewis Distance Race - Sailors prepare for 9th edition

by Barby MacGowan on 5 Feb 2013
Ida Lewis Distance Race 2012 Meghan Sepe
The ninth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race challenges sailors of all ages and experience levels to attempt offshore racing by competing in the popular overnighter that starts and finishes at Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, R.I. Scheduled for a 1 p.m. start on Friday, August 16, 2013, the race is open to IRC, PHRF, One Design, Double-Handed and Multihull boats and features four coastal courses--between 104nm and 177nm—that incorporate such scenic waypoints as Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Bay.

Bringing a fresh perspective to the August tradition is newly appointed Race Chairman Simon Davidson (Newport, R.I.) who co-founded the inaugural event in 2004.

'We started with the intention of having a biennial event,' said Davidson, 'but by our second running in 2006 it was clear that we had the enthusiasm from grand prix racers as well as double-handed and cruising sailors to make this event happen annually. It now is an August tradition, perfectly timed for the end of summer when activity on Narragansett Bay has quieted down somewhat.'

Davidson added that his committee’s goals this year are to expand the race’s reach to surrounding areas and 'encourage more sailors to try offshore racing in some of the most beautiful and storied cruising grounds in the country, if not the world.' To that end, the event’s Youth Challenge, added in 2010, will be more heavily promoted to New England area yacht clubs, and an emphasis will be given to the Collegiate Challenge that was inaugurated last year at the 2012 event.

'There are sailors who have sat on a couch to eagerly watch the Volvo Ocean Race, but they’ve rarely, if ever, had the chance to actually compete in a distance race,' said Davidson. 'With the Ida Lewis Distance Race, the opportunity is unique for trying offshore racing. It’s a medium-distance offshore commitment that requires a minimal amount of logistics, since the race is not point-to-point but rather begins and ends in the same place. It’s the chance for an owner to take his or her around-the-buoys crew on a new adventure or to integrate youth or college sailors into the team for a different kind of rewarding experience. Then, of course, for veteran big-boat crews, the race is ideal for practice and training before they move on to other distance races around the world. Rambler, Bella Mente and Decision are just a few of the high-profile teams that have competed here in the past.'

The race is also 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.

To qualify for the Youth Challenge, more than 40% of the crew must have reached their 14th birthday but not turn 20 prior to August 16, 2013. Teams may have junior crew members outside of those parameters; however, they will not count towards the youth component. Teams are encouraged to register under the burgee of a US Sailing yacht club or community sailing program.

All youth sailors will be required to attend a brief informational meeting the evening before the race (participants of all ages welcome) and will be strongly encouraged to attend the Storm Trysail Junior Safety at Sea Seminar, which will be held in Newport, R.I. in August.

For the second year, the Ida Lewis Distance Race is incorporating a Collegiate Challenge for the William Tuthill Trophy. The Trophy honors Tuthill, an avid sailor and member of the SUNY Maritime College, class of 1973, who met with accidental death at sea on the school’s summer cruise in 1972. SUNY Maritime College reinstated the trophy, which was last presented in 1978 to the winner of the Eastern Inter-Collegiate Overnight Race, at the Ida Lewis Distance Race 2012, where Massachusetts Maritime Academy (on Crazy Horse) beat out SUNY (on American Girl) to win.

To qualify for the Collegiate Challenge, more than 40% of the crew must not have reached the age of 26 by August 16, 2013. Teams are encouraged to register under the burgee of a college sailing program, a US Sailing yacht club or community sailing program.

For more information and to register, visit Ida Lewis Distance Race
North Technology - Southern SparsWildwind 2016 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Surprise tie at RORC IRC National Championship
On a slightly more serene Sunday the race management team was able to hold one windward-leeward in 8-15 knots winds. Unlike stormy Saturday, on a slightly more serene Sunday the race management team was able to hold one windward-leeward in 8-15 knots winds.
Posted today at 10:08 pm
Oman Air tightens grip on 2016 Extreme Sailing Series leaderboard
They stretched their lead at the top of the season table to three points over second placed Red Bull Sailing Team. Morgan Larson’s crew notched up ten outright wins from 29 races with another nine podium places to add to the mix, reaffirming their status as the most consistent team in the fleet and confirming them as Cardiff champions.
Posted today at 7:42 pm
Superyacht Cup 2016 – Final day images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day. Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day.
Posted today at 7:28 pm
Burling and Tuke are Box Office Stars of Kieler Woch’s Super Sunday
The Charles brothers take second and Japan’s Daichi Takayama and Akira Takayanagi finished third. The grand finale to the world’s biggest sailing regatta, Super Sunday gave the huge crowds enough to cheer about in the warm sunshine.
Posted today at 7:12 pm
Italian crew wins J/70 European Championship at Kiel Week
The perfect final series of Stefano Roberti (Monaco) with three victories did come to an end with rank two overall. The number of participating crews for the second European Championship of the J/70 was impressive with 91 boats at the start line.
Posted today at 6:33 pm
470 Junior Worlds – Spanish women in gold, Spanish men in silver
Before the start of the Medal Race of the women, the podium places were not decided yet. The last of the five racing days sees another Japanese team make it to the podium.
Posted today at 6:13 pm
Catching up with Simon Morgan, the founder of Wildwind Holidays
It was an absolute pleasure to catch up recently with Simon Morgan, founder of Wildwind Holidays. It was an absolute pleasure to catch up recently with Simon Morgan, founder of Wildwind Holidays. As many of you will know the Jardine / Morgan relationship goes back generations with Simon's father Tony racing with Keith Musto against my father and uncle, Stuart and Adrian back in the early 60's, mainly in the Flying Dutchman fleet.
Posted today at 3:18 pm
Clipper Race fleet makes a crucial decision to miss the Scoring Gate
The brakes have been put on the rollercoaster ride for now after the teams made the turn north around Ice Box perimeter. The brakes have been put on the rollercoaster ride for now after the teams made the turn north around the Ice Box perimeter and now find themselves caught in the lighter winds of the North Atlantic High, but they are at least now pointing towards finish destination Derry-Londonderry.
Posted today at 11:27 am
18ft Skiffs Fiji Fizz - Aussie's win on Practice day in Denerau
Perfect conditions welcomed the fleet to Fiji for the Mark Foy Championship and round three of the Triple Crown Trophy. Perfect conditions welcomed the fleet to Fiji for the Mark Foy Championship and round three of the Triple Crown Trophy. Sailing in a 12knot sea breeze and two windward/leeward races, Race 1 got underway with a clear start and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers stuck their nose out in front and lead till the finish. The fight for second was a good one with a group of boats all close together.
Posted today at 7:32 am
RORC IRC Nationals - Thunder and lightning - very, very frightening!
With micro-storms conditions for Day 2 of IRC National Championship resembled an episode from the Old Testament With micro-storms, intense, frequent deluges, thunder and lightning, conditions for day two of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC National Championship resembled an episode from the Old Testament; the Great Flood perhaps.
Posted today at 5:33 am