The eleventh edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race features four coastal race courses between 104 nm and 177 nm and is the perfectly designed overnighter for IRC, PHRF, One Design and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer.
Its round-trip course starts and finishes off at the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower.
For over a decade both grand prix racers and racing/cruising sailors have come to love and embrace this competition as it is a qualifier for the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF); the Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC); and the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series. It also offers special trophies for a Youth Challenge and Collegiate Challenge.
Each yacht will have a YB tracker installed before the starting pistol goes off. The trackers are programmed to “wake up” at designated increments to transmit data such as speed, direction and estimated time to finish line, to YB HQ servers via the Iridium satellite network. This data is complied and visualised onto our race player so friends, family and supporters can follow the twist and turns that happen as the race unfolds.