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Local crews make their marks in Newport to Ensenada race

Local crews make their marks in Newport to Ensenada race
Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club's Horizon took first in the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet-B Class competition of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. (Courtesy of Laurie Morrison / NOSA)

The 71st Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race took place last weekend, with a handful of locals making their mark along the 125-mile course.

Many crews from Newport Beach brought home awards.

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Due to a handful of variables, including the weight and speed of the boats, a handicapping system was used to determine the winner of each race based off corrected time.

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club's Horizon took the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet-B division with a corrected time of 16 hours 52 minutes and 3 seconds. Len Bose served as Horizon's skipper.

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It was a race dominated by local boats, as John Raymont helped lead Balboa Yacht Club's Fast Exit to a second-place finish (16:56:33).

Rylacade and its skipper, Stuart Leigh, finished the course in a corrected time of 21:55:02 to win the Cruz-Gen class. The boat also calls Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club home.

Apart from its race division wins, Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club also took home the award for best double-handed performance, or, the best showing by a two-man crew. That honor went to Dan Rossen and Richard Whitley, who raced Problem Child into third (17:59:58) in the PHRF-D class.

It was the fourth consecutive double-handed victory for Problem Child.

Varuna skipper Chris Hemans of Balboa Yacht Club received the Jack Bailee Award for best corrected time clocked in by a member of a Newport Beach club (16:42:50, PHRF-A).

From the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Jim Bailey impressed in commanding Destroyer to a second-place finish in the Maxi division. Destroyer came in at 16:46:36. David Clark brought Mirage over the finish line in ninth at 18:08:57.

In the same race, Balboa Yacht Club's Tom Purcell led It's OK to seventh place in 17:16:10.

The American Legion Yacht Club produced a pair of top-three showings.

Chris Killian's DéRIVE came across as the runner-up in the ORCA-B division with a corrected time of 23:44:36.

Moxie, which had Dugan O'Keene as its skipper, took third place in the PHRF-F class. Its corrected time was 21:54:47.

Elapsed time was the number to watch in the highly-anticipated ORCA-Maxi race. The 60-foot trimaran Mighty Merloe (6:31:49) defeated the 70-foot trimaran Orion (6:34:19), from the San Francisco Bay Area, but the latter's course record stands at an astonishing 5:17:26.

In addition to the Newport to Ensenada course, the event hosted two more races. A Border Run Sprint ended in Dana Point, while competitors in the Border Run Race sailed for San Diego.

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