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San Diego Yacht Club Hot Rum Series - Preview

by J/Boats 3 Nov 2020 12:45 PST From November 7, 2020
2019 Hot Rum Series © San Diego Yacht Club

The San Diego Yacht Club's incredibly popular Hot Rum Series will be starting on time again on November 7th, 2020.

With nearly 100 entries, it proves the event is as popular as ever for Southern Californians, despite living in pandemic times. It's one of the most popular "pursuit style" races in America, where slowest boat starts first hours ahead of the biggest and fastest boats, whoever crosses the line first wins!

Starting and finishing just off the western end of Shelter Island, the fleet heads out en-masse through the Point Loma passage to two buoys offshore and return to the same start line to finish the race just off Shelter Island.

Since it is consistently one of the world's largest PHRF "pursuit races", the little boats know they almost always have no chance of winning overall and simply enjoy the parade of beautiful large sailing yachts gliding past them in all their glory. The smallest, slowest boats (J/22s and J/24s) start well over an hour before the biggest boats- the J/145s and J/160s, for example.

In this year's edition, there will be two J/145s, Rudy Hasl's Palaemon and Ernie Pennell's More Madness. In addition, participating will be three J/105s- George Scheel's Sun Puffin, Steve and Lucy Howell's Blink, and Richard Collins' Lucky Duck.

Joining them will be Seth Hall's J/124 Marisol, Ed Sanford's J/111 Creative, Chuck Nichols J/120 CC Rider, Chuck Bowers's J/29 Rhumb Runner, and two J/30s (Tim Lynch's Ruffian and Bob Noe's Mad Hatter). Good luck to all on this upcoming event.

More information at sdyc.org

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