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Hot J/crews at Hot Rum Series II

by J/Boats 29 Nov 2020 08:32 PST
2020 Hot Rum Series II © Mark Albertazzi

J/Boats continue to perform well in the competitive Hot Rum Series in San Diego, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club.

Two J/145s are near the top of the overall results from the first two races. Palaemon (Rudy Hasl) is 3rd and More Madness (Ernie Pennell) is 4th out of 124 boats registered.

The competition within Class I is also very strong, with More Madness taking 1st place with 6 points and Palaemon taking 2d with 8 points. The J/145s have been very competitive against famous offshore racing competitors such as Pyewacket, Stark Raving Mad, Blue Blazes, Staghound, Fast Exit, Volpe, Pendragon, and Compadres.

The J/120 CC Rider (Chuck Nichols) has taken two bullets in Class 2 against some stiff competition. Also, very competitive is the J/125 Nereid (Standish Fleming) and a trio of J/105s- Zuni Bear (Vieregg/ Bermann), J-OK (Jim Dorsey), and Sweet Karen (Jeff Brown).

The final race in the series will be on December 5. The conditions for the 2d race were very different from the windy in-bay first race. With many boats struggling to get off the starting line and dealing with light shifty winds for the beginning and at the end of the race. Fortunately, the offshore portion of the race saw steady winds in the 10-15 kt range and some fog.

More San Diego Yacht Club Hot Rum Series information here.

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