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Newport to Ensenada 2013

N2E The Best Race In Years

Mon, 6th May 2013
By Chris Winnard

Newport to Ensenada 2013 N2E The Best Race In Years
Carolyn and Saundra Sherman with crew

This year's Newport to Ensenada Race was one of the classics - great breeze all day and night with a full moon and the usual 'challenging' last few miles to the finish in the morning. One of the standout class winners was the Ericson 35-3 'Sea Maiden' owned by Carolyn and Sandra Sherman with Chris Winnard of Ullman Sails calling the shots.

If you attended one of the Ullman Sails Ensenada Race webinars, you would have seen that boats that go outside have generally done better than boats what went inside. This year, there was lots of breeze at the start so it was interesting to see how the various fleets trended on their courses. A lot of boats held a high line close reaching with headsails while the faster boats tended to set their Code 0s or close reaching spinnakers and took off going low of the rhumb line and reaching up to it as the wind backed later in the day. 'Sea Maiden' was in Class E and as a relatively heavy displacement boat chose to Genoa reach for a short while then set the 1.5A spinnaker once the apparent was on the beam. With the following sea the boat was sailing well above hull speed hugging the rhumb line and not sailing extra distance. They were shadowed by the Ullman Powered Santana 30/30 'Shock Wave', last year's winner, who clearly had the same game plan. Based on the weather information the game plan was to stay on rhumb and start working out as the wind clocked aft. Both boats sailed side by side until dark along with the well sailed Schock 34 'Lulu'. One of the keys to Sea Maiden's win was starting the watches at 9PM so everyone was on their game for the critical 12-6 hours where the race is typically won. The plan was to be 3-5 miles outside of the Coronados to take advantage of the deep water trough with a nice current boost over the ground. As the wind clocked there were shifts to play so instead of chasing the progressive lift outside, Sea Maiden played some shifts and kept in touch with the rhumb line while still avoiding the lee of the islands. When the sun came up Sea Maiden was only a few miles from the finish and hit the wall of no wind in good company - much faster boats from Class B and C were with them (always a good sign for a slower rated boat!). This last part of the race can be very challenging and you have to stay focused on how to get through it. Sea Maiden passed most of these fast boats by working the shifts and quickly setting the spinnaker near the finish while other boats were slow to set or in some cases, didn't set. Keeping the crew rested and sharp pays off in these conditions and Sea Maiden won Class E by almost an hour. Congratulations to the Sea Maiden team. This was their third class win in the Ensenada Race and the boat is equipped with a FiberPath Main, GPL Carbon Genoa and Red Line Asymmetrical Spinnaker.


This article was posted on Mon, 6th May 2013