Celebrating 66 Years, the World’s Largest International Yacht Race Kicks-Off in Newport Beach

The Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race officially kicks-off on Sunday, April 21, with a day of family-friendly activities at ExplorOcean

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Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

“The 125-nautical-mile Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race is steeped in history and is a wonderful tradition with one of our International sister cities, Ensenada, Mexico,” remarked Gary Sherwin, President & CEO of Visit Newport Beach Inc. “

(PRWEB) March 20, 2013

For 66 years, seasoned pros and first-timers have gathered in Newport Beach to take part in the largest international yacht race in the world, the Lexus Newport to Ensenada yacht Race (N2E). First run in 1948, the event has attracted celebrities such as Humphrey Bogart and Walter Cronkite, as well as America’s Cup winners Dennis Conner, Roy Disney and Steve Fossett.

This year’s festivities will kick-off with the third annual Balboa Village festival on Sunday, April 21 from noon to 5pm at the Village of Balboa & Balboa Fun Zone. Locals and sailing enthusiasts can enjoy a day of live music, nautical displays, art exhibits, a La Strada dell’ Arte chalk festival, food samplings from local merchants, Lexus car displays, children’s boat building and other activities the entire family can enjoy. Admission to ExplorOcean and the kick-off festival is free. The yacht race will start on Friday, April 26 at 11am off the Balboa Pier.

“The 125-nautical-mile Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race is steeped in history and is a wonderful tradition with one of our International sister cities, Ensenada, Mexico,” remarked Gary Sherwin, President & CEO of Visit Newport Beach Inc. “The addition of the kick-off festival in Newport Beach invites not just fans of sailing but the whole community to experience this fun, exciting event.”

Complete List of Newport to Ensenada Events Include:

  • Sunday, April 21, 2013: Public Kick-off Festival at the Village of Balboa & Balboa Fun Zone
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013: Yachtsmen’s Luncheon, at 12-1:30pm at Newport Harbor Yacht Club
  • Thursday, April 25, 2013: The famous Pre-Race Fiesta at 6-11pm at ExplorOcean and Harborside Restaurant. The event will include food stations, live music and delicious cocktails.
  • Friday, April 26, 2013: Viewing of the race starts at 11 am off the Balboa Pier.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2013: Night Fiesta at 8-12pm at Hotel Coral in Ensenada.
  • Sunday, April 28, 2013: Trophy Presentation on, 2pm at Hotel Coral in Ensenada.

This year the skipper on the boat with the best corrected time will win a two-year lease on the dynamic all-new 2014 Lexus IS F SPORT. In addition to the wonderful trophy, the winner will also receive a four-day and three-night stay in a Master Suite at Hotel Coral in Ensenada, Mexico. Their stay will include complimentary breakfast for two and a 50% discount on standard marina rates.

For more details and an entire schedule of events please visit http://www.newporttoensenada.com

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