- Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 22:04
- Written by Josh Courter
Photo by Onne van der Wal
01-Aug-2012. There is still some time to register for the eighth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race. The race is growing in popularity as the roster is getting filled with both veterans and new racers. The Ida Distance Race will host an offshore competition which will have the IRC, PHRF, and double handed classes in boats 28 feet and longer. The racing will begin on Friday, August 17 and it will be starting from the amazing port of Fort Adams in the town of Narragansett Bay.
After the racing begins the Competitors will sail out into one of the four coastal race courses that have distances between 104 and 177 nautical miles. The courses cover some of the most amazing and breathtaking sailing spots in the world. Some of the land marks that the racers will encounter are the spots of Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower before ending in Newport Harbor off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club.
Several known racers were already on the roster for the IRC Class. One of these is the grand prix racer Rima2 which is skippered by Ida Lewis veteran Jim Brim from NYC. Another veteran contender who will participate in the race is Tristan Mouligne who will be skippering Quest 30 Samba. Last year’s first and second place PHRF class winners, Bob Manchester and Barrett Holby respectively will be looking to defend their positions and move up a place.
“Samba and Wazimo, our boat’s bigger sister, have always battled it out,” said Mouligne who was explaining that his and Barrett Holby’s boats were both designed by Rodger Martin. “Ida Lewis is the perfect overnight race and really fun to do with a few friends. We did our first Ida Lewis Distance Race in the doublehanded division but decided to switch into PHRF last year because we like the competition and the boats that compete, It is just fun to involve a few more people for the Ida Lewis Distance Race and race the boat hard for 24 hours with people I’ve known for a long time,” said Mouligne.
Besides experienced racers, a few first timers are participating in their first Ida Lewis Distance Race. Among these include the 55-foot sloop Hearlem which is skippered by Hendrikus Wisker who between 2007 and 2011 logged around 30,000 offshore cruising miles aboard his yacht. “I’m not a racer at all, and my boat is not a race boat, but this distance race sounds like an event that is suited for cruisers as well,” said Wisker.
It looks like this year’s race is going to be one of the most exciting races of the year. Even though experience always places a strong part in races, I have a feeling that a few of the new guys may do very well in this race. Only time will tell what is going to happen in the Ida Lewis Distance Race.