Please select your home edition
Edition
Ovington 2021 - ILCA 1 - LEADERBOARD

Ida Lewis Distance Race: Popular overnight sailboat race set for August

by Barby MacGowan 22 Apr 2017 21:26 BST 18-19 August 2017
The 2016 Ida Lewis Distance Race fleet heads past The Dumplings in Narragansett Bay © Cate Brown

The 13th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race is scheduled to start on Friday, August 18, 2017, promising once again to deliver an exciting late-season topper to a busy summer of competitive racing on Narragansett Bay. Classes for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed insure that everyone (with a qualifying boat of 28 feet or longer) has a place to fit in.

One doesn't have to have a highly trained, expert team to make a splash at this event; although, there are plenty of these on the scratch sheet each year. This race is more about fun than fierce competition; youth teams, collegiate teams, and even low-key teams sailing Cruising Spinnaker are encouraged to compete, and there are special trophies for them to chase.

"I love doing this race," said last year's winner of Cruising Spinnaker Class Matthew Pilon of Houston, Texas. "The information was well organized, the updates on what was happening were great, and of course the finish is so fun, with champagne delivered to you on the water when you've completed the course." Pilon sailed his Oyster 54 Liberty Call with help from his wife Priscilla and son Phil. He felt the course was not too long but still challenging enough. "Going around Block Island makes for an interesting race."

The Ida Lewis Distance Race organizers choose the course beforehand based on the weather and wind forecast. It can be anywhere between 104 and 177 nautical miles and always requires overnight sailing. The fleet starts on Friday at 1 p.m. just outside Newport Harbor and a gets a scenic eyeful as it passes by several iconic turning marks, including Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Montauk Point, Martha's Vineyard and Buzzards Bay Tower. Some of the faster boats can be home in the early morning hours of Saturday.

Registration just opened and the scratch sheet is beginning to fill out: in IRC, Daniel Heun of Franklin, Mass. will skipper his J/122 Moxie; in PHRF Spinnaker, perennial favourite Tristan Mouligne of Middletown, R.I. will return with his Quest 30 Samba; and in Double-Handed, Adrian Little of Newport will defend his 2016 victory with his Sunfast 3600 Helios.

Sponsors

Gold sponsor for the 2017 Ida Lewis Distance Race is New England Boatworks. Silver sponsors are Bluewater Technologies, Helly Hansen, and Newport Shipyard; Bronze sponsors are North Sails, Rig Pro Southern Spars, and Stella Artois. Contributing Sponsors are DYT Yacht Transport, Flint Audio & Video, Goslings Rum, Mac Designs, Toni Mills Graphic Design, and Triton Insurance.

For more information on the Ida Lewis Distance Race, visit www.ilyc.org/long-race or contact Pat Kennedy, .

Related Articles

Mouligne is up to the challenge
In Ida Lewis Distance Race Talk about stretching one's sailing legs. Last year, Tristan Mouligne of Boston was about to compete in his sixth Ida Lewis Distance Race. Posted on 23 Apr 2016
New teams join the mix
For Ida Lewis Distance Race 2015 Word is out that the Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR) is one for the sailing bucket list, and a slew of event newcomers have registered for the popular overnighter's 11th edition, which kicks off Friday, August 14 at 12:30 p.m. Posted on 8 Aug 2015
Ida Lewis Distance Race
Mother Nature packed extra punch for the 10th anniversary Mother Nature packed an extra punch for the 10th Anniversary of the Ida Lewis Distance Race, with high winds (up to 25 knots) and rough seas challenging its record 47-boat fleet and forcing 12 to retire from racing. Posted on 18 Aug 2014
10th Ida Lewis Distance Race preview
Ten reasons why you should race Ida Lewis Yacht Club's signature overnight competition, the Ida Lewis Distance Race celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2014. And to toast a decade of offshore fun for everyone, here are the top ten reasons why you should be on the starting line. Posted on 12 Jun 2014
Ida Lewis Distance Race celebrates
10th Anniversary as Newport's Signature Overnight Race This summer, the Ida Lewis Distance Race will celebrate its tenth anniversary doing what it does best: presenting sailors with an exciting overnight offshore experience that covers hallowed sailing ground and is just the right length. Posted on 29 Mar 2014
Ida Lewis Distance Race 2014
Set to take place on 15th August In its tenth edition, the Ida Lewis Distance Race features four coastal courses between 104 nm and 177 nm, and is perfectly designed overnighter for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer. Posted on 8 Mar 2014
Ida Lewis Distance Race overall
Tricky overnighter leads to 16 boats missing time limit Of 29 boats that started this year's Ida Lewis Distance Race, only 13 managed to finish within the 30-hour time limit due to light winds and strong currents. Posted on 19 Aug 2013
All set for Ida Lewis Distance Race
New England sailing classic begins today Rush hour on Narragansett Bay will arrive early Friday, August 16th, when 29 IRC, PHRF and Double-Handed boats head for the starting line of the Ida Lewis Distance Race. Posted on 16 Aug 2013
Ida Lewis Distance Race preview
Starting on 16th August in Newport R.I. The starting line at the Ida Lewis Distance Race will be adorned with some extra bells and whistles next week when new teams, a new class and multiple Youth and Collegiate Challenge teams join the competitive ranks for the popular overnighter. Posted on 11 Aug 2013
Sailors plan early
For Newport sailing seasons Grand Finale This summer, Newport, R.I. will wrap up another busy sailing season with the fan-favorite Ida Lewis Distance Race. In its ninth edition, this popular overnight competition starts on August 16th and takes sailors on one of four coastal courses. Posted on 6 May 2013