The Rum Races went off as planned on February 14 with a small hitch. The skippers meeting was pretty much on schedule and the new to the club skippers were instructed on how the races were to be run. The wind was as promised with speeds in the 20’s - Ross actually clocked it at 26 during the races. The high winds made the catamarans and the foiling boat very happy while the mono-hulls were cautiously happy(?).
We got in two very fast races, then the heavens opened up with lightening and cold rain. We were greeted on the porch with warm, dry beach towels and the Nectar of the Gods.
There were a total of nine boats which competed, some of which didn’t turn in times and one which doesn’t have a Portsmouth Number listed in US Sailing. We will be researching that to determine the finishing order.
My excellent crew for this race was Roger Roddy, two things that he never does is sail/race in high winds and rain…oh well so much for that. I think he enjoyed it anyway.
The next race which may be called Rum Races or the Nectar of the Gods will be held on March 13th with the skippers meeting at 11:30 all boats should be ready to sail at that time so that a noon start can be made.