The Ida Lewis Race

The Ida Lewis RaceOverview

Featuring four coastal race courses between 104 nm and 177 nm, the Ida Lewis Distance Race is the perfectly designed overnighter for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer. Its round-trip course starts and finishes off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower.

Both grand prix racers and cruising sailors have come to love and embrace this August tradition, which also offers special trophies for a Youth Challenge and Collegiate Challenge. The tenth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race is scheduled for Friday, August 19th, 2016.

It is a qualifier for the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF); the Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC); and the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series.

Competitors are invited to enjoy the Awards Ceremony with their family and friends on the deck of Ida Lewis Yacht Club Saturday evening.

The Ida Lewis Race
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SailAhead will participate in the Ida Lewis Race for the first time by crewing on Hussar, a Frers 55 owned by Army Major Jason M. (thank you Jason!). It is our intention to participate in this event for the years to come and by integrating trained veterans to our team.

To find out more about this race please visit The Ida Lewis Race Site


SailAhead will be on Hussar (pictured above) a Frers 55 owned by Army Major Jason Mull - Thank you Jason and family!

The who's who of our Off-Shore Racing Program:

Jason MullJason Mull US Air Force

Owner and Skipper of Hussar (Frers 55 - US32880)

Jason developed a passion for sailing while stationed in Guam with the USAF over twenty years ago. While there, he raced Lasers internationally out of the Marianas Yacht Club and got his first taste of offshore racing. Back on the East Coast, Jason could be found racing on the Long Island Sound and around Rhode Island on his Hobie 33.
Today Jason supports SailAhead’s commitment to Veterans by generously volunteering Hussar and his time.
Outside of sailing, Jason is an IT Security Executive at a foreign exchange bank in Manhattan. Jason is a Veteran of both the Persian Gulf and Iraq Wars.
He continues to serve today as a Combat Engineer Officer in the NJ Army National Guard.

Francis RacioppiFrancis Racioppi US Army

Advisor and SailAhead Race Director

Fran grew up off the shores of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in a family of avid sailors and boaters. He has experience racing sailboats of all classes and sizes from Sunfish and Lasers to offshore vessels. Fran graduated from Boston University in 2003 and subsequently served over 12 years in the United States Army as a Green Beret and Ranger in the Special Forces. He spent extensive time throughout Africa, The Middle East, and Europe serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and multiple overseas contingency operations. He now lives in Manhattan, works in Wealth Management and Financial Services, while earning an MBA from NYU Stern.

"Sailing is one of the few events in life in which all your worries and fears are left on shore allowing one to focus on sailing fast!"

Matt JanssenMatt Jenssen

SailAhead Race Co-Director

Sailing became a lifelong passion for Matt while at University of Rhode Island. While at URI, he sailed everything from Lasers to J24s. Unwilling to go back to New Jersey without a boat, Matt restored a dis-masted Catalina while in college. More recently, he has spent the last few years racing aboard various boats throughout the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. When not out racing, Matt can usually be found fixing and cruising his C&C. He is eager to share his passion for sailing with a great cause.

Outside of sailing, Matt is coastal engineer.

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