sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : 64th Newport to Ensenada - A fun week of fiesta festivity

64th Newport to Ensenada - A fun week of fiesta festivity

'Sojourn (l.) and Taxi Dancer were big winners the last two years'    Rich Roberts ©

64th Newport to Ensenada - There will be a jam packed week of fiesta festivity leading into the 64th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race begins Sunday, April 10, with the Launch Party at the Newport Nautical Museum.


The public event, starting at noon, will raffle two guest passes on the start boat and feature a dockside display of the last two winners of the race's top prize: the Governor of Mexico Trophy for the fastest corrected handicap time won by the Catalina 30 Sojourn in 2009 and the Reichel/Pugh 68 Taxi Dancer in 2010.

The race will start on Friday, April 15, off the Balboa Pier, keynoted by a watercraft obviously diverse from the fleet. Dennis St. Onge's Da-Woody, flying a giant American flag, is a miniature 12-foot floating replica of a wood-paneled 40s Ford station wagon that has become the pace car of sailing since the mid-90s when it putt-putted onto the scene. Da-Woody doesn't go to Ensenada, but it brings a playful presence to the climax of a week of pre-race activities.

Following Sunday's Launch Party:

Wednesday, 12 noon - The Yachtsman's Lunch at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, featuring North Sails President Gary Weisman as speaker ($14);

Wednesday night, 7p.m. -Tesla Motors hosts a Grand Reception for registered race skippers and their guests, with one awarded a free weekend's use of an electric roadster;

Thursday night, 6:00 p.m. -The Sendoff Fiesta for skippers, crew, family and friends at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

If they're left with any spar time, the sailors can brush up online with expert advice from the three March 'Sail to Win' seminars.

The race starts Friday at noon with the first of several class starts at 10-minute intervals, big boats first. Viewing areas include the pier, the beach and the bluffs above Corona Del Mar State Beach that the racers will pass on their way south into a full moonlit night.

Da-Woody will offer its traditional buoyant sendoff. Nowadays, including around St. Onge's hometown of San Diego, it's a mark of a regatta's stature. He acquired his unique vessel back in 1991.

'I noticed it sitting in a yard behind Sea World and the Sports Arena in San Diego,' he said. 'Sea World had built it in 1965 and used it in shows. It was in disrepair in a red color and didn't look very pretty. I thought it was a real car. I asked if they were going to sell it. [A Sea World worker] said, 'I'll have to check,' and he came back and said, 'Seventy-five dollars.'Sold'. It had no motor and needed a ton of TLC, 'So I put it in my driveway wondering what to do with it, and a couple of neighbors came by and said, 'This is incredible!' 'St. Onge said.

Soon he started to sense that Da-Woody had possibilities. He replaced the airbrush headlights with real ones, bought a 30-horsepower motor and gave it a bright yellow paint job. 'Then I took it out to Lake Havasu for the Jet Ski world finals,' he said. 'I didn't even know if it floated.'

He also had doubts about how the funky Da-Woody would be received by the recreational boating community, but he was pleasantly surprised. Even the sheriff's patrol boat was friendly. As for a practical purpose, Dennis hadn't figured that out yet. 'I thought I'd water ski with it [at Havasu], but it barely made it up the canal against the current.'

Later, he got a bigger motor that got the speed up to 'just over 25 mph. The [1992] America's Cup was coming up and that was going to be the next time I took it out. I was taken into the open arms of the America's Cup people. I wound up being on the front pages of newspapers around the world. I was in the ESPN coverage.'

Any doubts about how seaworthy it was were resolved. Returning into the bay after the last day of racing he was running close to a large trimaran when both were swamped by a following surge. The tri took on so much water that it stopped dead, while Da-Woody resurfaced and bobbed along, as it has since.

Soon the legend spread and Da-Woody became part of the N2E adventure. Later, after New Zealand won the America's Cup at San Diego in 1995, Dennis took Da-Woody to Auckland for the next AC in 1999-2000. He was treated like a celebrity and granted a special AC 'super yacht' clearance, as were the visiting 100-foot luxury boats.

'So I had America's Cup super yacht clearance for my Woody---at 12 feet long! I thought, 'How cool is this?'

Dennis, 59, is usually seen perched through the sunroof, shooting pictures and video for his website

'If I were an extremely wealthy person and could do anything I wanted, I would be doing what I'm doing,' he said.

The race is sponsored by the City of Newport Beach, Pirates Lair, the Log, Mount Gay Rum, Vessel Assist, Sailing Spoken Here, West Marine, Marriott Newport Beach Hotel and Spa, Visit Newport Beach, Hornblower Cruises and Events, North Sails and Ruby's Diner.

Dennis St Onge working the start of a Newport-Ensenada Race -  Rich Roberts?nid=81942 ©  


Event website




by Rich Roberts

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=81942

12:21 AM Fri 1 Apr 2011 GMT






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

Click for further information on
2011 64th Newport to Ensenada

Related News Stories:

18 Apr 2011  Newport to Ensenada winners and trophies
17 Apr 2011  Newport to Ensenada - Make the right calls and avoid pitfalls
14 Apr 2011  Newport to Ensenada rematch
11 Apr 2011  Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race start approaching

News - USA and the World





































America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team ready for action
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team first official qualifier
Springtime boat buyers need to take care of a few key things
ISAF Match Race Rankings for 16 April 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres – World’s best to race on French Riviera
Rolex China Sea Race – Fleet off to a clean start
America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature
World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video
Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete   
Earth Day boater tips   
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's   
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell   
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata   
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete   
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event   
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website   
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!   
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale   
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   


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.
X6XL NEW US