Block Island Race

“Weegie”, a Columbia Carbon 32, was on the water again over Memorial Day Weekend competing in the 2014 Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race. This is a 186 nm distance race that starts off Stamford Harbor rounds Block Island and finishes back in Stamford Harbor. “Weegie” was sailing in the PHRF 2 (Time on Time) division – a fleet of 8 boats. They crossed the finish line after a little more than 37 hours to claim 2nd place in PHRF 2 and a very respectable 4th out of all 26 PHRF boats competing. Even more remarkable is that “Weegie” was sailing with a crew of just 3!

“”It was a fun race, the boat went wonderfully, we were looking at 10+ hours potentially of planing on the way home, but the wind turned making it mostly an upwind race. We did get the kites up for a bit on the back of Block, the ocean swells making it interesting! This race we had a code zero and our new square top main, our upwind performance was much higher on the polar meter. With all the upwind time, we held our own against much bigger boats.”

- Richard Fleischman, Owner/Skipper of “Weegie”

2014 Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Results – PHRF 2

Pos Sail Name Type Rating Corrected
1 USA 28990 Spectre Tripp 40 33.0 /
1:12:51:48 2
2 USA 60449 Weegie Columbia 32 54.0 /
1:15:58:33 4
3 USA 60937 threebeans Santa Cruz 37 30.0 /
1:16:03:15 5
4 USA 51512 Rocket Science J 120 45.0 /
1:16:11:35 6
5 USA 30252 Moxy X-Yachts xp33 75.0 /
1:17:56:49 13
6 USA 224 That’s Ridiculous Beneteau First 36.7 87.0 /
1:18:27:39 14
7 USA 60260 Milky Way Dufour 40 81.0 /
1:18:49:10 15
8 USA 60077 Respite Archambault A40RC 33.0 /
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2013 Vineyard Race

The Columbia Carbon 32Weegie finished over an hour ahead of the next boat in it’s class in this years 238 mile Vineyard Race.  “Weegie” sailed in the double handed IRC class.  “Weegie’s” owner reports, “The weather was definitely up behind Block Island, we sailed upwind in 20 knots with 8-10 foot seas for 10 hours. We were staying with much larger fully crewed boats.  We crossed the line first, and had a great run especially 14 hours under the kite!”.