Category Archives: Baja Racing

A race for the ‘bold and fearless’ – and Kitty James

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

A race for the 'bold and fearless' - and Kitty James

A race for the 'bold and fearless' - and Kitty James

Kitty James would have loved it.

Even as many of her old sailing favorites were sweeping into Mexican waters in the Newport Ocean Sailing Association’s 63rd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race Saturday, the longtime editor, writer and photographer for the former Santana magazine lost her battle with cancer.

James, 65, never missed trekking south to report the race for the bible of Southern California sailboat racing until the popular publication slipped from the scene a few years ago. At the start of Sunday’s awards ceremony NOSA Commodore Doug Jones led the crowd in the sun swept courtyard of the Bahia Hotel in paying tribute to her before the distribution of exotic hardware started.

Then every other winner seemed to be from James’s old home ports in Orange County: eight first places in all, including four for Dana Point Yacht Club.

One of the latter was collected by Cindy Wynne’s team on Sol Mate, a Beneteau 35S, as the best of three all-woman crews among the 217 boats entered, 198 of which started and 192 finished.

The last racing division boat to finish was Steve Ginder’s Exit Strategy, a Jeanneau 46.5 from Dana West YC that also posted the slowest corrected handicap time when it crossed the line at 5:58:27 Saturday afternoon—a double whammy that clinched the booby prize, the coveted Brass Spittoon.

A day earlier, Taxi Dancer, owned by Dick Compton, Jim Absley and Tom Parker of the Santa Barbara YC, showed it hasn’t aged in about a quarter-century of competition. The sleek bright yellow Reichel/Pugh 68 finished 70 1/2 minutes behind Lorenzo Berho’s faster Peligroso but that was close enough to correct out on handicap time to win the Maxi class—and, as final tallies showed Sunday, to outscore all the racing division boats on corrected time and collect a $6,500 Lamborghini diamond watch.

They’ll have to share the watch three ways, but one had to wonder how all of those other venerable rival ultralight sleds felt about choosing to do another race on the same weekend.

Parker said, “I think a lot of people worry about Mexico, but it was fun.”

In other strong classes, Mike Warns’s Fifty-One-Fifty, a Santa Cruz 50 from Ventura Sailing Club, won PHRF-A and Bill Gibbs’s Afterburner catamaran from Pierpont Bay YC won the ORCA class for multihulls. read more »

Rosarito-Ensenada 50-Mile Fun Bike Ride Starts 31st Year With Race This Saturday

Rosarito-Ensenada 50-Mile Fun Bike Ride Starts 31st Year With Race This Saturday

Rosarito-Ensenada 50-Mile Fun Bike Ride Starts 31st Year With Race This Saturday

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO—The Rosarito-Enesenada 50-Mile Fun Bike Ride will begin its 31st year this Saturday with the first of two yearly events.

“Five-thousand cyclists are expected to ride on April 17,” said San Diego event promoter Gary Foster. “The event had 4,000 last September and only 3,000 one year ago in April, so Baja tourism is definitely increasing.”

Participants came from throughout the world but mainly the United States and Mexico. Following a course along the coast and through rural countryside, the ride is geared both for serious competitors and those who take a more relaxed approach.

“This is one of the signature events for our region and attracts a great group of people,” said Rosarito Beach Mayor Hugo Torres. “We’re pleased to have the event, the riders, their friends and family visit us twice each year.”

Further information, entry fees and registration is available at www.rosaritoensenada.com. Participants also can register the day of the event. read more »

McMillins Baja Comeback – Results in Overall 4-wheel win at 42nd Tecate Baja 1000

McMillins Baja Comeback – Results in Overall 4-wheel win at 42nd Tecate Baja 1000

McMillins Baja Comeback – Results in Overall 4-wheel win at 42nd Tecate Baja 1000

ENSENADA, Mexico—Etching their names on the granite history of the world’s most legendary desert race, Kendall Norman/Tim Weigand/Quinn Cody along with the team of Andy McMillin and his father Scott became part of motorsports history by capturing the overall 2-wheel and 4-wheel victories late Friday and early Saturday in the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races.

Defeating a deep and talented field of 328 sturdy starters that came from 39 U.S. States and 14 countries, the Norman/Weigan/Cody trio won Class 22 on the Johnny Campbell Racing Honda CRF450X motorcycle while the McMillins powered their way to the top of the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division in the No. 31 McMillin Racing Chevy Silverado.

After complete review of the data tracking devices used by each vehicle in the race and with time penalties assessed accordingly for course deviations and/or speeding on the brief pavement sections used as part of the race course, the results were declared official by SCORE International officials at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning. read more »