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Rum Dum

Rum Dum

A very popular regatta here in SD is called the Hot Rum series, a reverse handicap 3 race bay/ocean series. Even though it’s not exactly the fairest of events, a lot of boats show up (100 plus) and the first one was scheduled for last Sunday. It was blowing pretty good (25 knots, gusts to 30) for San Diego and had been the entire previous night. The race started normally but the first mark was missing, although the first bunch of boats, (including us on Anarchy) rounded the channel marker in the vicinity of where the inflatable first mark was supposed to be located, thinking that perhaps we missed an amendment using this mark instead. We sailed the windy run to the leeward mark, rounded it, but noticed that the clearing mark was also missing. We then saw that the rest of the fleet had turned back and we rightly figured that the race had been abandoned. What a pisser, especially having to sail a long 2 mile beat home for naught in all that breeze…

So how is it possible that SDYC would be fully aware of the conditions, send this huge fleet out there and then have not only one but two marks not be where they were supposed to be? This is in part what they had to say: