2009 Newport Beach-Ensenada International Yacht Race

March 2, 2009 62nd Newport-Ensenada is fun for landlubbers, too NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.---Several generations of families that have sailed the Newport to Ensenada Race since 1948 agree on one thing: Getting there is only half the fun. And, at least for landlubbers, getting there this year will be easier---and more fun---than ever. For the 62nd 125-nautical mile race starting April 24, the Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) has been working with Ensenada's PROTURISMO and other organizations to address border security concerns and ensure a good time for competitors' friends and families who aren't sailing. Felizardo Palacios, director of PROTURISMO, said, "Whether you sail, take a bus or drive on your own, all the authorities have joined tremendous efforts in order to create a positive experience." It starts with the starts. For the first time spectators will be able to watch the getaways from the Balboa Pier, a half-mile up the beach from the previous point of embarkation outside the Newport Bay entrance and close enough to shout their favorites on their way. Then non-sailors who have signed up will board roundtrip Bajarama luxury coaches at 3 p.m. to head south for Ensenada 60 miles beyond the border. Cost: $60 roundtrip. The coaches also will run from San Diego for the same price. Racers who prefer not to sail home can catch a coach for $50 one way. Sign up for a coach by calling Colby at 714.557.5100, ext. 16, or e-mail at colby@rodheim-marketing.com Another option: Carnival Cruise Lines' good ship Paradise will depart from Long Beach Friday at 5 p.m. on a special Ensenada race voyage scheduled to reach the resort city at 8 o'clock the next morning, in time to meet most of the racers as they arrive. Cost: From $354 per person for double occupancy for a three-night cruise, including food, returning to Long Beach at 8 a.m. Monday. Reservations and activity schedule atmark.k@SevenSeas-Travel.com or 800.951.5581, or visitsevenseastravel.com/ The Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club of Oxnard, Calif., long a supporter of the race, has already made reservations for 50 passengers on the Paradise. While the racers deal with spinnakers and the elements, non-sailors in Ensenada may select one of two four-hour bargain tours offered at $20 per person. One is by luxury coach to the scenic Punta Banda area with the spectacular "La Bufadora" blow hole where the sea crashes into the rocks, adjacent to an open air market with a wide selection of national art. The other tour is a visit to the Calafia Valley, a source of high quality wines a few miles northeast of Ensenada 850 feet above sea level. The tour includes the crushing of grapes, fermentation, pressing, aging and bottling, followed by an opportunity to taste selected wines, served with cheese and biscuits. The wines can be purchased at considerable savings. Saturday night is Fiesta del Vino on Ensenada's waterfront Plaza Cívica de la Patria, hosted by the city and featuring folklorico dancers, mariachis, food and wine. Admission is free. Finally, Sunday is the time to gather in the grass courtyard of the headquarters Bahia Hotel to swap lies about the race and check the scoreboard to see how everybody did. A ton of awards will be handed out starting early in the afternoon, before the buses leave for home at 5 p.m. The winners don't get any prize money, but the owner of the boat with the best overall corrected handicap time will be flashing a $5,000 Corum timepiece all the way home, a prize from Traditional Jewelers of Newport Beach and Corum USA. For out-of-towners looking to spend time in Newport Beach before the race, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is offering a special room rate of $139 per night per person for the days leading up to and through the starts, April 15-28. To view video and see more information: NOSA Event sponsors and supporters include City of Newport Beach, Pirate's Lair, Nordstrom South Coast Plaza, Tommy Bahama, Go Baja, Mount Gay Rum, Traditional Jewelers, Corum Watch, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, Carnival Cruise Lines, Seven Seas Travel, Orange Coast Magazine and Vessel Assist. Newport Beach, an opulent seaside community located on the Orange County coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego, epitomizes the quintessential Southern California lifestyle. Known for its picturesque views of the Pacific and one of the world's largest small yacht harbors, the city is acclaimed for its beaches, yachting community, sophisticated atmosphere, international film festival, three annual epicurean festivals and the oldest holiday boat parade in the nation. Newport Beach was named "one of the top 10 resort towns in the U.S." by AOL Travel in 2008. For more information, call (800) 94-COAST or visit online MEDIA CONTACT Rich Roberts Press officer 310.835.2526 cell 3.766.6547 richsail@earthlink.net MARKETING CONTACT Ralph Rodheim 714.557.5100 ext 13 ralph@rodheim-marketing.com

When: Friday, April 24, 2009 15:00 - Sunday, April 26, 2009 17:00

Location:Balboa Pier, Newport Beach

Address:

Balboa Pier, Newport Beach

http://www.nosa.org/ 


Contact Phone: +1 310.835.2526

Sponsored by: Newport Ocean Sailing Association

 

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