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N2E 73: Ready for Teams?

by Newport Ocean Sailing Association 19 Apr 07:50 PDT April 21, 2021
The action is coming back and the N2E fleet will hit the start line once again on April 24, 2021 © Tom Walker

Ready to Team up for more fun and another chance to win a trophy?

Last year, NOSA announces an alliance with the Storm Trysail Club in promoting team-based racing across the country. This year, we get to put it in play!

NOSA Commodore Bill Gibbs said at the time "this new trophy offers another dimension of competitive fun to the race," while an STC official reported that working with other offshore racing enthusiasts has been an effective and popular way to promote camaraderie and add another fun element to competitions.

The organization has worked with races such as the 50th Transpac and the 2019 Chicago-Mackinac Race nearly in which a third of each fleet formed teams eligible for Storm Trysail trophies.

Each team is composed of three boats. The only limitation to forming a team is that only two boats can be entered in the same N2E class. Otherwise, they may be composed of members of the same club or marina, all have the same color hulls, have similar names, be family members, work in the same field, or any other fun, social, recreational, affiliation.

One skipper signs up the team at nosa.org/team-entryand provides a name.

Gibbs said the best possible team would be three boats each finishing first in a different large class.

Scoring shall be:

  • First in 10 boat class scores 0.1 x 3 boats = 0.3
  • Finishing first in a 20 boat class scores 0.05 x 3 boats = 0.15
  • Second in a 20 boat class scores 2/20 = 0.1
  • The lowest score wins
Team entries are accepted up until April 22.

The STC is a private, by-invitation-only club dedicated to Bluewater sailing. Membership is extended to expert offshore sailors who have experienced storm conditions and have commanded a sailing vessel in adverse conditions. Established in 1938 and headquartered in Larchmont, NY, the club has long promoted good fellowship among Bluewater and ocean racing sailors, and encourage the sport of ocean racing and offshore cruising.

Given that N2E is known for its camaraderie as much as its competitive spirit, race officials expect this to be a sought-after trophy - especially when the inaugural and "first-ever" winning rank is up for grabs.

Currently, more than 170 boats have registered for N2E 73 which will start on three courses off the Balboa Pier on April 23.

3 boats make a team. Only two can be from the same class.

Nardcore, The Channel Islanders, and the Seal Beach Gang are signed up and awaiting additional challengers.

Click here - Trysail Team Sign-up.

Reminder - Submit Boat Photos for YB Trackers here.

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