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Ida Lewis Distance Race Plans Modifications

Last year’s start of the Ida Lewis Distance Race. Photo by Stephen R. Cloutier.

Ida Lewis Yacht Club will host the 19th sailing of the Ida Lewis Distance Race, one of New England’s most popular overnight offshore races, from Thursday, August 17 through Saturday, August 19 with help from Bluenose Yacht Sales, which returns for a third year as Presenting Sponsor. The round-trip adventure starts and finishes off Newport, R.I. and this year promises tighter competition for its ever-growing fleet with more courses to ensure that every team sails for approximately 24 hours. (Classes start between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. on Friday.)

“The plan is to add more PHRF and ORC classes for narrower rating bands in each,” said Race Chair Anselm Richards. “As well, we will add course options so that the resulting groups of boats, no matter how fast or slow, will look to finish the race at or near the 24-hour mark on Saturday.”

Last year’s winners of the Double Handed class Ken Read (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Sara Stone (Marion, Mass.), sailing Bluenose Yachts Sales’ Sun Fast 3300 Alchemist. Photo by Stephen R. Cloutier.

According to Bluenose Yacht Sales Managing Partner Glenn Walters, his company – a premier boat dealer, representing Jeanneau Sailboats and other top-tier brands – will have some skin in the game. “We appreciate the opportunity to again sponsor the Ida Lewis Distance Race in 2023,” he said. “We know of at least three Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300s participating and are expecting more entries.”

The Ida Lewis Distance Race, for boats 28 feet or longer, begins off Fort Adams and ends just inside Newport Harbor where Ida Lewis volunteers can sight the finish line from their clubhouse on Lime Rock before greeting each team on the water with a congratulatory bottle of Prosecco.

For the Notice of Race and more information, visit or contact Race Chair Anselm Richards,


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