All-female crew from DPYC wins class in Newport to Ensenada race

May 16, 2018 by  

Sue Griesback in her inaugural role as skipper led an all women crew to a first place victory in Cruz Non-Spin class of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, also known as the N2E.

The Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) has held the N2E every year since 1947. The prestige of winning is something any yacht club would want to brag about and when it comes time for a brochure printing it will almost certainly be included.

Finishing just under 24 hours and 39 minutes, the Dana Point Yacht Club entry, the Tomol, finished with a 154 for its final race rating. The crew of six ranged from 70 to 55 years of age and Griesback credits their similar ages with helping them bond as crew.

The crew’s overnight sail was not without incident. Griesbach was quoted in the Dana Point Times saying:

“We broke the whicker-pole in the middle of the night. In races like this, you almost always have to overcome adversity, and this group came together.”

In addition to team work, the Tomol’s skipper also credits racing conditions similar to those the crew was used to in Dana Point, light winds, for giving the team an edge. Often, the gustier conditions prevalent during this race favor teams from other parts of the state who are more familiar with these conditions.