Tartan Yacht’s Ceann Saile Takes Second in Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race

Share Article

The Ceann Saile, a Tartan 101 owned by Geoff Roth, recently captured second place in the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.

I’d do it again in a second.

Placing in any international sailing competition is something to be proud of, especially when it is the largest international race in the world. The Ceann Saile, a Tartan 101 owned by Geoff Roth, did better than place. They captured second place in their division during the 2014 Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race and were sixteenth overall.

Roth said, “Fun race, great boat, great people. That is how I would describe it.” The sailboats left Newport at noon on Thursday, April 24th and continued to sail all night to the Ensenada, Mexico, landing point, a 125 nautical mile trip. The Ceann Saile’s overall time was 15:19:09 and managed to beat all but one of the “big boats”, showing the versatility of the Tartan 101’s 33 foot long size.

“It was a great night sailing,” said Roth, “We hit one calm spot for about two hours during the trip. Otherwise it held solid at 6-10 knots during the entire trip. The boat screamed most of the night on the main and jib top.” Overall, the trip was a high wind event, with the crew of the Ceann Saile, working hard all night long. Roth said, “At three am we were in waves in the middle of the Mexican pacific ocean. We strapped ourselves in with lifejackets on, put the chute up and still had 25-30 knot winds at 5am with 7-10 foot waves pretty much the whole way down.”

The only two boats to beat the Ceann Saile in the PHRF A were the Horizon and the Timeshaver and ended up beating Flaca by one minute and forty-five seconds. The Tartan 101 owned by Roth beat all of the PHRF B boats as well. J Almighty and Shenanigans beat the Ceann Saile in PHRF C, and three boats were faster in the PHRF D. “We beat all of the G class and came in one boat behind in the H and I classes. That said, I couldn’t be happier for my crew. We worked hard and the boat really performed. I’d do it again in a second,” said Roth.

The Newport to Ensenada boat race was founded in 1947 as a race run by the Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA). During the lengthy race, skippers of many different types of boats, including ultra-light, maxi-yachts and non-spinnaker classes compete for First-to-Finish Honors, the President of the United States Trophy, and the President of Mexico Trophy.

For more information on the Ceann Saile, the Tartan 101 or to schedule an interview with the Tartan Design Team, call 440.388.0957 or email info(at)tartanyachts(dot)com.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Christine Corbissero
since: 06/2011
Follow >
Tartan Yachts
since: 08/2010
Like >
Visit website