High Winds and Rough Seas Challenge Competitors in Overnight Race

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 17, 2014) – 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. Nevertheless, the popular overnighter, which started Friday (August 15) at 12:30 p.m. off Fort Adams in Newport, R.I., delivered lots of fun summer memories for its IRC, PHRF, Doublehanded and Multihull competitors (all racing on the 150 nautical mile “Block Island” course), including Steve Benjamin’s Carkeek HP 40 Spookie, which won IRC and claimed line honors after crossing the finish line at 8:42 a.m. on Saturday (August 16).   

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The PHRF Class start at the 2014 Ida Lewis Distance Race (Photo Credit Meghan Sepe)
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August 17, 2014
High Winds and Rough Seas Challenge Competitors in Overnight Race
August 12, 2014
ILDR uses "Virtual Mark"
July 30, 2014
Get Your (Distance) Game On
June 2014
Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Race
March 2014
ILDR Celebrates10th Anniversary... 
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Ida Lewis Distance Race

Uses "Virtual Mark"

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 12, 2014) – A “virtual mark” adds an intriguing new twist to the 10th Annual Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR), which starts this Friday (August 15). Starting at 12:30 p.m. off Fort Adams in Newport, R.I., the popular overnighter takes its fleet of PHRF, IRC, One-Design, Doublehanded and Multihull boats on one of four courses – between 104nm and 177nm – that trace the New England coastline.  

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The PHRF Class start at the 2013 Ida Lewis Distance Race (Photo Credit Meghan Sepe)
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Get Your (Distance) Game On

Early Entry Deadline Fast Approaching

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 30, 2014) – Next month, the Ida Lewis Distance Race will celebrate a decade of offshore fun with its 10th edition of the popular overnighter that starts and finishes in Newport, R.I. At 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 15, PHRF, IRC, One-Design, Doublehanded and Multihull boats will start off Fort Adams to embark on one of four coastal courses – between 104nm and 177nm, depending on weather and final classes – that follow New England’s alluring coastline and incorporate iconic landmarks such as Block Island, Montauk Point and Martha’s Vineyard. (To receive $50 off registration, competitors are encouraged to sign up by the early entry deadline of Friday, August 1.)

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The IRC Class start at the 2013 Ida Lewis Distance Race (Photo Credit Meghan Sepe)
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Tenth Anniversary ILDR

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Race

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 11, 2014) – 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 when the race begins off Newport, R.I., on Friday, August 15th.

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Join Grand Prix Racers & Cruising Sailors for the 10th ANNUAL Ida Lewis Distance Race
Friday, August 15, 2014

Newport, Rhode Island

Photo by Meghan Sepe

Featuring four coastal race courses between 104 nm and 177 nm, the Ida Lewis Distance Race is the perfectly designed overnighter for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer. Its round-trip course starts and finishes off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower.


Both grand prix racers and cruising sailors have come to love and embrace this August tradition, which also offers special trophies for a Youth Challenge and Collegiate Challenge. The tenth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race is scheduled for Friday, August 15, 2014.


It is a qualifier for the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF); the Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC); and the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series.


Competitors are invited to enjoy the Awards Ceremony and dinner with their family and friends on the deck of Ida Lewis Yacht Club Saturday evening.