Ida Lewis Distance Race
Date(s) - Aug 16, 2019
Ida Lewis Yacht Club
This is the 15th annual Distance Race organized by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island.
Classes for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer sail on one of four distance courses ranging from 112nm to 169nm depending on what courses the Race Committee thinks are most likely to get all teams back to the dock within 18-24 hours.
The courses, which in each case send the fleet past Castle Hill on the way out of Narragansett Bay’s East Passage to Block Island and Long Island Sounds, are “The Montauk”, “The Block Island”, “The Point Judith”, and “The Buzzards Bay Tower”. As the names imply, the courses incorporate some of the most iconic cruising grounds in New England.
Includes youth and collegiate team categories.
This year, the race has added a second PHRF perpetual trophy, so that the two PHRF divisions that compete will each have their own declared overall winner (as opposed to a single overall PHRF winner as in the past). The late-summer sailing tradition, which starts and finishes off historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club, also awards an overall trophy in IRC and top-three trophies in PHRF (including Cruising Spinnaker), IRC, One Design, and Doublehanded classes as well as special trophies for top-finishing Youth and Collegiate teams.
“We think this will be a nice incentive for more PHRF boats to enter, especially the smaller ones sailed by families and friends,” said Event Chair Pat Kennedy, explaining that often in the past, boats in the lower half of the handicap rating break didn’t have much of a chance to out-perform the larger boats, some of them veteran Grand Prix racers, in the upper half. “Now that we have separate trophies, we also are able to send the two PHRF divisions on different courses, if we think that makes sense.”