The San Diego Yacht Club’s incredibly popular Hot Rum Series started this past weekend for the 133 entries, proving that the event is as popular as ever for southern Californians.
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.
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 & J/24s) start well over an hour before the biggest boats- the J/145s and J/160s, for example.
For the first time in a while, several J/Crews cracked the top five overall, an amazing feat for them! Rick Goebel’s J/105 Sanity took second place, while Nico Landuer’s J/34 MARLEN took fourth (a beautifully refurbished J/34 IOR boat that is all white and seriously fast in the lighter airs).
In the PHRF 1 class, Rudy Hasl’s J/145 Palaemon placed sixth, while Standish Fleming’s J/125 Timeshaver settled for seventh. Yet another J/145, Robert Pace’s Andiamo 2 placed ninth. All boats that placed ahead of these J’s were all highly customized boats in the 44 to 60-foot range.
Then, in PHRF 4 class, Rick Goebel’s J/105 Sanity won class (garnering his second trophy for the day!), with Nico Lindauer’s J/34 Marlen in third. Sixth to eleventh was all J/crews, including Steve & Lucy Howell’s Blink! in sixth, Ryan McCrillis’ J/80 Haka in seventh, Tom Garrett’s J/70 Sloop John B in eighth, Chuck Bowers’ J/29 Rhumb Runner in ninth, Jeff Brown’s J/105 Sweet Karen in tenth, and Dennis Case’s J/105 J-OK in eleventh.
Finally, in PHRF 5 class, Tim Lynch’s J/30 Ruffian took home the bronze for the day. Similarly, in PHRF 6 Cruising class (white sails only), Bill Engle’s J/160 Libra pulled off the bronze, too.