The 2017 NHYC Newport to Cabo International Yacht Race has concluded with the trophy presentations on Friday, March 17th at 0830, shortly after the final boat – Horizon – finishes the race and arrives in Cabo.
The race was historical in several respects. Only six boats finished the race – the fewest finishers in recent memory, and perhaps in the 45 year history of the race. This year also saw three multi-hull entrants, of which two (Phaedo3 and Mighty Merloe) battled it out the entire race course finishing 1st and 2nd across the finish line, more than 3 days after their start.
Despite the frustratingly slow start and early parts of the race, the moods, enthusiasm and excitement towards the final hours, at the finish and at the arrival at the docks was as positive and strong as any of the previous races. Each boat was greeted by a large contingent of Race Committee hospitality, family and friends – no matter if the dark hours of 3am or a 3pm early afternoon arrival. Greetings always extended for several hours of “Happy Hour” at the Baja Cantina with each arrival.
Grand Illusion crossed the finish line this morning at 9:33am, followed shortly thereafter by Holua at 10:38am. This was a closely fought race between the two in ORR-2 Class all the way down to the line.
Early morning in Cabo, shortly before sunrise and Zephyrus finishes with and elapse time of 4D 13H 26M 45S. Their strategy to win the class was to “win the start” and then “extend their lead”. The strategy worked giving them First Place in ORR 1, crossing the line with no competitors in sight.
As for rations, there is one burrito and one apple to spare on board, according to the crew. It’s Happy Hour time in the Cantina as crew and NHYC Hospitality talk about the race and recap on the Yellow Brick live monitor.
The Mighty Merloe finished the Newport to Cabo International Yacht Race at 17:29:08 local time, less then 2 hours after the first finisher. This gives them 2nd place in the ORCA Class behind Phaedo3. The entire NHYC Hospitality team, along with most of the Phaedo3 team and many other friends and family of other competitors that flew down to Cabo met them at the docks as they arrived.
Everyone enjoyed the hosted Happy Hour Fiesta at the Baja Cantina (Race Headquarters) .
The first ORR boat is expected to cross the finish line sometime early tomorrow morning, followed by the rest of the boats later in the day. There is still a close race in the ORR 2 Class between Grand Illusions and Holua as they are only 5 miles apart only 100 nm from the finish.