Sailing: It's OK fast in Newport to Ensenada race

It's always a joke, tinted with slight worry, over whether the plethora of trophies will be allowed across the border for presentation at the finale of the Newport to Ensenada yacht race.

Awarded for numerous categories, the collection comprises wooden platforms topped with a variety of large goblets, plus others decorated by more whimsical items, like a boat steering wheel, or a whale inside a clear box.

But the atypical treasures made it safe and sound for Sunday's ceremony, held on the lawn at the Hotel Coral in Ensenada, Mexico.

A jovial crowd gathered under a large tent for the presentation, hosted by the Newport Ocean Sailing Assn. Cans of Tecate beer in hand, they continued to celebrate what one drunken reveler dubbed the "Enchilada Race," which officially began in Newport Beach Friday morning.

Almost all of the 168 registered boats had arrived by noon on Saturday, bearing testimony to sailing conditions marked by unusually high wind that year. The deadline for finishing wasn't until Sunday morning.

A handful of the revelers had donned large, colorful sombreros. Another wore a miniature sombrero on a headband.

The crew of It's OK, most of whom hailed from Newport Beach, all sported white shirts that displayed the boat's name as they received the first prize announced, the President of Mexico trophy, for best corrected time in their class.

They toted off their prize to celebrate in their hotel room before a hoped-for game of croquet.

Other awards would include the NOSA trophy for best elapsed time of all boats (Orion), the Tommy Bahama trophy for best correcrted time of all boats (Mama Tried) and the President of USA trophy for best corrected PHRF (Horizon).

—Emily Foxhall

Twitter: @EmFoxhall



(Trophy name, qualification: boat name, skipper, yacht club)

President of Mexico, best corrected time MAXI: It's OK, Lewis Beery, BYC

President of NOSA, best corrected time ORCA: Mama Tried, Pete Melvin, ABYC

Alice Pursell, best elapsed time: Orion, Tom Siebel, STFYC

Stern-Choy, best corrected time for catamaran: Freestyle, Jerry Wetzler, DWYC

Stein-Cross, best corrected time for trimaran: Mama Tried, Pete Melvin, ABYC

Governor of California, best corrected time PHRF-A: Horizon, Jack Taylor, DPYC

City of Newport Beach, best corrected time PHRF-B : Van Diemen, Rob Vaughan, NHYC

Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce, best corrected time PHRF-C: J Almighty, Mike Hatch, SDYC

Gil Knudson, best corrected time PHRF-D: Uhambo, David Chase, VNTYC

Secretary of Navy, Mexico, best corrected time PHRF-E: Sleeper, Ron Simonson, CBYC

Governor of Baja, best corrected time PHRF-F: Brown Sugar, Steve Brown, BCYC

City of Ensenada, best corrected time PHRF-G: Gator, Todd Wheatley, ABYC

Ensenada Tourism, best corrected time PHRF-H: Take Five, Paco Stevens, CCC

Porter Sinclair, best corrected time PHRF-I: Celebrity, Jerry Finnegan, KHYC

Cliff Chapman, best corrected time for PHRF-J: Cimarron, David Basham, CRA

Blue Gavel, best corrected time for CRUZ-GEN-A : Pura Vida, Robert Kennedy, WORSA

Centennial, best corrected time for CRUZ-GEN-B : Patience, Dennis Jensch, WHYC

Union Bank, best corrected time for CRUZ-NonSpin: Fly'N-Bry'n, Jerry Bryan, ALYC

Almon Lockaby, best corrected time CRUZ-SPIN A: Wild Thing III, Rhonda Tolar, BCYC

Donovan & Seamans, best corrected time CRUZ-SPIN B: Calibreeze, Larry Rizzo, NYCLB

Carlos Avila Escoto, best corrected J120: J Almighty, Mike Hatch, SDYC

Bill Schock, best corrected schock: Uncle Bob, Larry Leveille, SBYC

Frank Butler, best corrected Catalina: Bon Vivant, Richard Caselli, DPYC

Caroline Starr, all women crew: Abacus, Kirsten Zillmann, SGYC

Don Carlos Avilla, best corrected Mexican boat: Pajaro Madrugador, Jorge Hernandez

Secretary of Navy, Mexico, 2nd Naval Zone, best elapsed time Mexican boat: Pajaro Madrugador, Jorge Hernandez

New York Yacht Club, best elapsed time single hull, Divided Rig: Golden Skye, Richard Mulvania, BYC

Beneteau - PHRF, best corrected Beneateau PHRF: French Kiss, Christopher Hillseth, CYC

Beneteau - CRUZ, best corrected Beneteau Cruz: Miss Lorelei, Michael Niggli, SDYC

Jack Bailee, best corrected member of a Newport Beach yacht club: It's Ok, Lewis Beery, BYC

Lahaina Yacht Club, best elapsed time PHRF: Wizard, David and Peter Askew, NYYC

President of USA, best corrected PHRF: Horizon, Jack Taylor, DPYC

Secretary of Foreign Relations Mexico, best corrected CRUZ: Wild Thing III, Rhonda Tolar, BCYC

Coral Hotel and Spa, best corrected CRUZ: Wild Thing III, Rhonda Tolar, BCYC

NOSA, best elapsed time all boats: Orion, Tom Siebel, STFYC

Tommy Bahama, best corrected all boats: Mama Tried, Pete Melvin, ABYC

Amigo, best corrected time, first time racer: Orion, Tom Siebel, STFYC

Spitoon, highest corrected time: Gunslinger, Dana Coelho, ALYC

Jeff Deaver, yacht club winning the most perpetual trophies: BCYC

South Bay Yacht Club Racing Club, club with most entries: DPYC

Spirit Of Ensenada, Most Mug Winners: DPYC

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