This Friday marks the start of the 65th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, the world’s largest international yacht race. Organized in 1947 by the Newport Ocean Sailing Association as a “just-for-fun” race for sailors returning from World War II, the Race to Ensenada has since attracted “thousands of well-known racers, fun-seeking novices and celebrities from around the world.”
With all the excitement around this year’s Ensenada, we here in Special Collections & Archives thought it would be appropriate to share a few highlights from the records of the Newport Ocean Sailing Association, which are currently being processed and described by our intern Luke Williams, a library science graduate student from San Jose State University.
In 1949, NOSA began to plan and publicize the Ensenada race in earnest, creating a formal entry form and getting a feature story in the June 1948 issue of Yachting magazine.
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