Earlier this year, Red Star Sailing Team along with some youth sailors from the Newport Seabase made their way to San Diego Yacht Club for the 2019 New Years Day Race. Spirits were high on the delivery down as a persistent western breeze helped push Weegie, the Columbia Carbon 32 south from her home in Newport Harbor. Upon arrival, the crew enjoyed celebrating the new year and watching fireworks in beautiful San Diego before resting up for racing the next day.
As Red Star pushed off from the dock on New Years Day, the team observed the puffy conditions as the breeze quickly built from 8-10kts up to a consistent 15kts just before the first warning.
Following a frustrating start and weather leg, the team immediately started making up ground as the boat showed her true colors on more favorable reaching angles. Big smiles were seen from the crew as Weegie accelerated and the bowmen served as human splash shields for the rest of the boat.
Upon finishing, the team was delighted to see the corrections had left her in a better position than anticipated. However, there was little time to celebrate as crew members battled the clock to pack up and trailer the boat before dark. This was a fantastic learning experience, as everyone learned more and more about the boats internals and rigging.
After removing the rig, the boat was lifted out of the water revealing a comically large amount of kelp entangled around the keel like a fish net. Several jokes were made as it was removed and the boat ultimately trailered for the haul up to Columbia Yachts’ facility for her Transpac overhaul.
All in all, this was not only a great bonding experience for the team, but also a huge learning experience. Every outing on Weegie is better than the last as Red Star Sailing Team becomes more and more familiar with this speed demon. We are looking forward to seeing what we can make her do in 2019!