San Diego Hot Rum Series, Race 3

San Diego Yacht Club’s Hot Rum Series has always been one of my favorite regattas to shoot. Unfortunately, going into the final race of the three weekend series, the weather report was calling for winds in the minus 10-knot range. Hmmm. Not the kind of conditions that favor rail down, bone in the teeth competition. After a delayed start, a passing wind cell made for some decent gust to the first mark. To the dismay of the fleet the wind gods decided to take an early holiday break that left everyone trying to squeeze what little they could out of their spinnakers. Boats struggled to get around the leeward buoy only to find themselves drifting to the clearing mark. The race committee decided to abandon the day, thus ending the 2010 series that saw terrific conditions on weekend one, a rain drenched second, and a final race that ended up being a float under grey skies. You can see the complete series results here – http://www.sdyc.org/raceinfo/results10/hotrum_res.htm

White Knight

Blue Blazes

Condor

Cazador

Stars and Stripes

Condor

Condor

Condor

Staghound

Leeward mark

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