Like a picturesque postcard Friday off the Balboa Pier, the beautiful large sailboats in 65th annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race got off to quick starts.
A class started every 10 minutes at two flights, with 213 boats in 16 total classes. Overall, the starts of the races lasted 1 hour, 40 minutes, with several yachting fans and other curious onlookers breaking out their binoculars to watch the sailboats, which ranged from 28 to 70 feet.
The boat that crossed the starting line the fastest among Maxi-class boats in the 125-mile race to the coastal town 72 miles south of Tijuana was the Medicine Man, with Robert Lane of the Long Beach Yacht Club as its skipper. Right on that boat's aft was Taxi Dancer, which was last year's fastest starter.
"It was an excellent race," said Chuck Iverson, commodore of the Newport Ocean Sailing Assn., organizer of the race. "We had a few parties this past week leading up to this race. It's wonderful.