2013 Ida Lewis Distance Race

Fewer Teams Finished than Started in Tricky Overnighter 

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 18, 2013) – 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. Nevertheless, the popular overnighter, which started Friday afternoon (August 16) on Narragansett Bay, was a hit, taking the fleet on its two shortest courses: the 122 nautical mile Nomans course (for IRC, PHRF and PHRF Double-Handed classes) and the 103 nm Buzzards Tower course (for the PHRF Cruising Spinnaker class). On Saturday (August 17), the lucky 13—including each one of the three Youth Challenge teams and two Collegiate Challenge teams entered --had successfully completed the race, with Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Andrews 70 SHINDIG taking line honors after crossing the line at 7:59 a.m.

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August 18, 2013

Fewer Teams Finished than Started in Tricky Overnighter

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New England Sailing Classic Begins Tomorrow

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Ida Lewis Distance Race

New England Sailing Classic Begins Tomorrow


NEWPORT, R.I. (August 15, 2013) – Rush hour on Narragansett Bay will arrive early tomorrow, August 16th, when 29 IRC, PHRF and Double-Handed boats head for the starting line of the Ida Lewis Distance Race. The popular overnighter has a spectator-friendly start planned for 12:30 off Fort Adams, and with wind predictions of between five and ten knots, organizers will have decided in the morning which of four courses— Montauk (177 nm), Block Island (150 nm), Nomans (122 nm) or Buzzards Bay Tower (104 nm)—the event’s four classes (IRC, PHRF, PHRF Doublehanded and PHRF Cruising Spinnaker) will sail.  

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Ida Lewis Distance Race

New Developments Complement the Newport Summer Favorite


Kirsten Ferguson, Media Pro International,
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NEWPORT, R.I. (August 9, 2013) – 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 ranks of the popular overnighter. Scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start on Friday, August 16th off Fort Adams in Newport R.I., the race will take its fleet on one (or more, depending on conditions and final classes) of four coastal courses – between 104nm and 177nm – that trace the charming coastlines and beautiful sailing grounds for which New England is known. In its ninth edition, the event has already surpassed last year’s entry numbers, with 34 boats registered to date.

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Ida Lewis Distance Race

Sailors Plan Early for

Newport Sailing Season’s Grand Finale

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Chairman Simon Davidson: “Opportunity is Unique for trying offshore racing”

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Calendar Announcement

2013 Ida Lewis Distance Race
Friday, August 16, 2013
Ida Lewis Yacht Club

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Ida Lewis Distance Race 2012 (Photo Credit Meghan Sepe).