Although Da-Woody who has been our usual source of photos for the San Diego events (www.da-woody.com – thank you!) hasn’t got photos up yet, we can thank Jocelyn Scheer for her shoreside photo of the start of the last Hot Rum!

The start presented an intriguing choice for the teams. With the wind bouncing back and forth anywhere between 70 to 120 degrees true wind angle, what sail do you choose for the first leg off the start? The six boats went with four different choices! RDIII and Far Niente to weather went with jibtop sails, Ohana seen far left went with a jib initially (then JT?), White Knight in the middle went with a spinnaker very quickly and Temptress and Piranha (hidden behind the others on the heavily favored leeward end) went with code zeros. The wind continued to oscillate, but generally stayed aft of beam which paid off for the boats flying big sails. Piranha led, but was closely followed by White Knight and Temptress that switched sides at the jibe mark where a less than stellar jibe allowed Temptress to pass going high on the next leg. Piranha took the low road while Temptress kept having to go ever higher of rhumb line to clear all the other traffic reaching up for clear air, while White Knight went even lower. Meanwhile, everyone was collecting varying degrees of kelp as usual (some of the worst I’ve seen there in many years throughout the series).

As the boats approached the leeward mark, Piranha used its better angle to reach up with a head of steam and cross behind Temptress with speed establishing an inside overlap. That’s when it got fun! Seems that a catamaran had hooked the mark which was now moving! Leeward boats had no clue and were not giving room and miraculously, no one touched fiberglass! The big beneficiary was Temptress that used the dragging mark to sail inside of everyone and over the top taking the lead! But luck is fleeting racing in San Diego and though they took the lead into the weather leg, the crewperson assigned to clean the kelp off the rudder reported that the large weed could not be cleaned off the rudder because it actually started on the keel! Six boatlengths were dropped in an instant before it could be removed and that was it for Temptress. Piranha had tacked away, took a shift and the lead and covered to the finish for the rest of the race.

Kudos to Far Niente for a podium finish in the last race! Next up unofficially, is the January 5 annual Malibu and Return kick off to the 2008 sailing season. Hope to see you there!


Place

#
Boat Name Owner

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Total

1
51483 Piranha David Voss

3
1 1

5

2
888 White Knight Zoltan Katinsky

1
3 2

6

3
40050 Temptress Ray Godwin

2
2 4

8

4
37 Far Niente Frederic Scheer

5
4 3

12

5
50060 Radical Departure III Dennis Rosene / Paul Wager

4
6 6

16

6
40031 Ohana Tosh Neminsky

6
5 5

16

7
80808 Pegasus Charter

DNC 7
DNC 7 DNC 7

21