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Ida Lewis Race Sets Sail From Newport

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Ocean crews will sail through the night for the 11th annual Ida Lewis Distance Race. The race leaves Newport Friday. Roughly 40 boats are expected to...

Ocean crews will sail through the night for the 11th annual Ida Lewis Distance Race. The race leaves Newport Friday.

Roughly 40 boats are expected to set sail from Fort Adams in Newport. Their course will depend on wind speeds and will take about 24-hours to complete.  Organizer Skip Helme said if the winds are strong enough, the boats may travel as far as Montauk Long Island.

“We present an option of four courses to the competitors, so that depending upon the wind conditions; we can choose the appropriate length course, as far as timing’s concerned, to get the rates finished in time to meet at our awards banquet.”

The distance can vary up to 177 nautical miles.  The course begins and ends at Fort Adams.

Helme said regardless of distance, participants will be sprinting without a stop through the night.

“The competitors will sail throughout the afternoon, into the evening, throughout the night and then into the morning to get back to Newport,” said Helme.

Unlike professional sailing events, like the Volvo Ocean race, the Ida Lewis race is used primarily by amateurs. It can be a qualifier for other sailing events.

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Start of the 2014 Ida Lewis Distance Race
Start of the 2014 Ida Lewis Distance Race