It was bittersweet to get a full crew together and race Astraea in a Saturday Veleros de Baja sailboat race. We invited our friends from S/V Namaste, S/V Sea Rover II and S/V Greybeard to hang out and crew for the race.
We started the race with a mimosa toast to Astraea’s final race under our ownership.
After the race I emailed a report to Latitude 38 and they posted about the sail in their magazine and online:
When do cruisers become racers? Whenever two or more of them want to! On Saturday, some habitués of Club Cruceros de La Paz enjoyed a great race after a 15-minute delay for light wind. “Then there was enough wind to fill a spinnaker so the race started,” reports Nate Kraft of the Cheoy Lee 41Astraea. “The Baja ferry came through the middle of the fleet interrupting the wind and downwind courses. As we were coming past the port at Pichilingue the wind quickly picked up. As we entered the channel there was a near pile-up of boats outside the Pemex wharf. The Catalina 42Dad’s Dreams was on a port tack avoiding the shoal while the Cheoy Lee 41 Astraea came trucking down the channel. While passing Marina PalmiraAstraea caught up to the Ron Holland 43 Azure-Te’ and stole their wind, butAzure-Te’ pulled ahead to finish one minute sooner.”
The full writeup is available on Latitude 38’s February 17, 2016 ‘Lectronic Latitude.
After the race we headed over to La Costa Restaurant for the post race party. It was great to get together with friends we met a year and a thousand sea miles ago back in San Diego for a final sail together Aboard Astraea.