It is that time of year again for the start of the Newport Ocean Sailing Assn.’s 61st annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race. More than 400 sailboats will battle for position to the start lines in the waters just seaward of the Newport Harbor west jetty entrance. I cannot believe a year has passed since the last race. There will be a fury of activity this morning as hundreds of sailors make their final preparations for a finish line 125 nautical miles away.
Once again, I invite those on the shore to join in the excitement with me at Lookout Point Park on the bluffs above Big Corona, Corona del Mar State Beach. At the park, I will enlighten the spectators as to what is happening on the water, about the race, personal ocean experiences, and with my famous jokes. OK, maybe they’re not so famous but at least give me a courtesy chuckle. I won’t be alone as Chandler Bell, my radio show manager, will join in on the commentary too.