The Ida Lewis Distance Race is coming up on August 19th, and organizers are encouraging competitors to register by the early bird deadline of August 5th to help build excitement. The race is open to boats 28 feet and longer and its course covers some of the most storied and beautiful sailing grounds in the world. The race starts Friday, August 19th at 1 p.m. off Fort Adams in Narragansett Bay (Newport, R.I.) and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower on its way to a signature champagne finish inside Newport Harbor off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club.
“In the past, we’ve done a lot more buoy racing, but after a friend of ours requested we do the Ida Lewis Distance Race back in 2009, we decided to try it out and ended up having a great time,” said John Wayt, who placed second in the cruising spinnaker class that year on his S&S Swan 44 Vixen. “We did the race that year with four crew members, including my wife. It was a really relaxing sail but also competitive.”
For the complete story and more information on how to register, go to www.ildistancerace.org.