Thursday, April 2, 2009

Shrinking Newport Ensenada Race?

The Newport Ensenada Race is the largest international sailboat race in the world. Some years, up to 400 boats have participated in the 125 mile test.

I do not have historical data on the rate of registration of entries for past years. The race website shows 126 entries as of March 27. This seems very low for only four weeks prior to the start.

The low number is probably a combination of the economic conditions, the drug violence in Baja California and the terrible press about the violence. The local Mexican economy seems to be suffering. In my opinion, the bad publicity about the violence is greatly overblown. We hope that more boats decide to participate in the 60+ year old classic.

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