New Location and Time! June Marine Committee Meeting- Columbia Yachts and Red Star Sailing
Date/TimeDate(s) - 06/04/2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
LocationBahia Corinthian Yacht Club
1601 Bayside Dr.
Corona Del Mar , Ca
The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Marine Committee meets once a month to provide information and education on all topics that are “marine oriented”. The meetings are open to the public and will be held at 5:00 pm the 1st Tuesday of the month at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
After the meeting, enjoy the famous “Taco Tuesday” Buffet at the Club for just $15!
Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Marine Committee
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – 5:00 pm
President, Columbia Yachts
Founded in 1958 by Dick Valdes, Columbia Yachts grew to become the world’s largest fiberglass sailboat manufacturer with manufacturing plants throughout the world. Today’s Columbia Yachts, built by Dick’s son, Vince, are very different than the boats his father launched five decades ago, but they share one thing in common; pushing the limits of current yacht-building technology with state-of-the-art design and precision construction, including the prestigious Columbia Carbon 32.
Vince Valdes, President of Columbia Yachts since 2001. Mr. Valdes is a 52 year resident of Newport Beach, graduated from UCLA in 1990 & attended Corona Del Mar High School. Mr. Valdes is married to wife Cindy and together have 3 children. He is an avid sailor and former Newport Beach Harbor Commissioner.
#10 Ranked Match Race Skipper in the U.S.
Charlie Welsh (USA) is a all around well developed sailor who grew up racing at NHYC. Now he has launched a campaign for an all under-25, mixed-gender crew to compete in the 50th Transpacific Yacht Race aboard a turbo’d Columbia Yachts built Carbon 32. The “Red Star Sailing Team” has been working through the winter with Columbia Yachts to refit the yacht. Starting this spring, crew members will train extensively along the California Coast in preparation for the Transpac. “Our overall goal, besides winning our class and the Corinthian trophy, Red Star aims to provide sailing opportunities for young adults who often lack the financial means to participate at a high level.
Charlie grew up racing dinghies in the Newport Beach area, out of Newport Harbor Yacht Club. He moved into keelboat sailing skippering a youth team aboard the J/124 MARISOL and then began a serious match racing campaign that has taken his Red Star team all over the globe. Charlie is currently the number 10 ranked match race skipper in the U.S.