At 3:57 a.m., Roy E. Disney's turbosled, Pyewacket, was the first
sailboat in the 54th annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race to earn the
finale horn blast from judges.
The brand-new Chance, a 74-foot Reichel/Pugh, followed by less than an
hour as the second sailboat across the finish line at 4:46 a.m.
Soon the horizon would be speckled with the sight of billowing
Ships and their crews, who began the tireless 126-nautical-mile
journey in high spirits Friday at noon, straggled into the harbor of
Ensenada on Saturday morning, tired yet elated.
"I'm just delirious -- delirious from the wild ride," said Kevin
Donahue, a crew member on America's Challenge, the fourth vessel across
the finish line Saturday morning.
America's Challenge, a Newport Beach boat skippered by Neil Barth and
sponsored by the Union Bank of California, came in at 5:28 a.m. It is one
of few vessels to have been single sailed around the world, which means
just one man made the trek.
Crossing the line fourth was even more impressive for America's
Challenge given that they ran into a few troubles along the way -- losing
two shoots and the colorful spinnaker sail when the supporting carbon
fiber pole broke.
A Whitbread 60, America's Challenge is one of the larger boats in the
race, which has vessels that stretch from a modest 25-feet to an
Just nine minutes after America's Challenge crossed the line, a
31-foot trimaran out of Long Beach, Calif., the Mental Floss arrived, as
the first multihull vessel in Ensenada.
Although first over the line, the team of three did not take first in
their class after all handicaps were considered and the corrected times
"We're tired. I had all of about 15 minutes sleep before you broke
something," said Scott Klodowski, turning to his crew mate Jeff Cohen.
"There's a third member of the crew who's sleeping."
Like the crew of the Mental Floss, Disney's Pyewacket did nottake home
the trophy for first in their class, despite being the first to cross the
As of Saturday, the Ragtime, a 35-year-old wooden beauty owned by